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Friday, March 15, 2013

President of StayNYC Wins Champion Award

We would like to congratulate our founder Vinessa Milando on receiving the 2012 Champion Award at the Innkeeping Conference & Trade Show hosted by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII) in Las Vegas. The award is given to people who have done great work on behalf of a group of innkeepers, and PAII could not have picked a better recipient.

On May 1, 2011, Ch. 225 of 2010 went into effect making it illegal for residential Class A buildings to have paying guests for less that 30 consecutive days in New York City. Although this law was put in place to protect tourists from shady illegal hotels, and protect affordable housing, it has devastated the cozy and heart-warming legitimate B&B sector.

Vinessa, a B&B owner herself, has dedicated a countless amount of time and energy (and of course money) to fighting the good fight to keep B&Bs in the “Big Apple” open for business. She started STAY- NYC to educate New York state legislators and residents about what B&Bs mean to the community and the hospitality industry so they can get an exemption to the new law and keep their businesses from being shut down. Almost all B&Bs are located in residential areas and most of these Mom and Pop businesses are older than the people trying to close them down. New York City's B&Bs have been part of the fabric of their neighborhoods for decades and contribute over 4 million bucks to the New York economy.

Many B&B owners have joined our effort by becoming members or sponsors of STAY- NYC. In this kind of sticky situation, it is awesome that we have a capable leader to garner public support for our cause and prove to legislators that B&Bs should not be lumped into the same category as illegal hotels.