Ocean City’s efforts to track and collect taxes from short-term vacation rentals advertised on peer-to-peer websites, such as Airbnb and VRBO, were discussed during Monday’s Tourism Commission meeting.
Donna Abbott, Ocean City director of tourism and marketing, said Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel Motel Restaurant Association, is continuing to educate others on the issue.
“She’s working on planning a short-term rental seminar to create awareness among HMRA members,” Abbott said.
The topic has reached the boiling point in other U.S. markets.
“Even in San Francisco, where Airbnb is based, they’ve filed a lawsuit,” she said.