Tax boost follows Hawaii vacation rental spike, but some still skirt compliance

HONOLULU (KHON2) — One of the fastest recoveries in tourism is in the vacation rental sector, which is on pace to beat pre-pandemic booking volume in some areas.

Always Investigating looked into whether Hawaii is getting its share of taxes from all those operators.

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The Hawaii State Tax Department tells KHON2 that the vacation rental sector has become a lucrative source of revenue, with much better compliance nowadays, ever since they teamed up with the big booking platforms to track the

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Vacasa CEO sees an ‘epic summer’ for its vacation rental reservations

Matt Roberts, Vacasa CEO, joins Yahoo Finance’s Alexis Christoforous and Kristin Myers to discuss vacation rental trends in the upcoming months and Vacasa’s latest acquisition.

Video Transcript

KRISTIN MYERS: Well summer is on the way and people are traveling at some of the highest levels since the pandemic began. So let’s bring in Matthew Roberts, CEO of the vacation rental platform Vacasa. So Matthew, we have so much to talk to you about, including an acquisition that you guys made. But I want to start with how Vacasa has been doing lately, if you guys have seen an uptick in

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Excessive drinking preceded fatal Kona vacation rental fight

A 37-year-old Pittsburgh man appeared Wednesday in District Court for a preliminary hearing on a charge of manslaughter stemming from an altercation at a Kailua-Kona vacation rental that resulted in the death of his roommate.

Benjamin Fleming was arrested March 29 after Hawaii Police Department officers were called to the Kona Mansions Condominiums for an unconscious man who was not breathing. Medics, who were already on the scene, determined that the victim, identified as 30-year-old Abhishek Gupta, also of Pittsburgh, was already deceased.

Alexander Germany-Wald of Montclair, New Jersey, the third roommate took the stand to relay his version of

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Hawaii vacation rental occupancy rates outperform hotels

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s vacation rental market has outperformed hotels in occupancy rates in every month since October.

Vacation rental owners across the state have said the higher demand was prompted by pandemic-related attitude shifts that prioritize space and seclusion for getaways, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday.

Other rental home operators have said that the pandemic-induced reduction in some hotel services, such as daily housekeeping, has decreased the service gap between homes and vacation rentals, the newspaper reported.

Matt Beall, the CEO of the full-service real estate brokerage Hawaii Life, said the company is enjoying its best year on record for

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Car rental shortage affecting summer travel plans and budgets

As more Americans make plans to travel this summer, the usually cheaper option of driving may actually turn out to be more expensive because of a car rental shortage.

“So, the current situation is pretty unprecedented,” said Jonathan Weinberg, founder and CEO of the website, which is dedicated to helping consumers get the best deals on car rentals.

He explains that many of the major car rental companies quickly sold off a large portion of their fleet due to the drop in business during the pandemic. For some, the move was made to keep their companies afloat during

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Piney Point concerns prompt vacation rental cancellations

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – It wasn’t long after the news of the Piney Point breach made national news that Jason Patino started getting phone calls.

“And it’s freaking everybody out,” said Patino. “And so I’m getting calls like, we’ve got to cancel now because now we can’t go in the water. I say, well my beach hasn’t closed.”

Patino owns rental properties in Gulfport in Pinellas County, miles away from Piney Point. Yet, he feels the national media would make you believe the entire state is in trouble.

“They said on Google, just type it in the web, and

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