Matt Curtis

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Matt Curtis served as the deputy to the last two mayors of Austin, Texas and is a longtime speaker at the US Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, and other government organizations. Matt served as head of global government affairs at HomeAway and Expedia for nearly seven years. In that position, he was the longest-serving and best-known thought leader on short-term rental regulations. Matt has started Smart City Policy Group, a consultancy with several other former city officials, with the goal of working with cities to create short-term rental regulations that achieve compliance. Matt is the best-known leader on this issue in the industry and with cities. He has spoken at the National Conference of State Legislators, SXSW, US Travel, Destinations International, several state municipal leagues and conferences in Europe and Australia. Matt's goal is compliance. He is quick to point out that many short-term rental policies don't achieve high levels of compliance and can be a burden to city budgets, but that through an understanding of the industry, good regulations can be created.

    About Matt Curtis

    Matt Curtis served as the deputy to the last two mayors of Austin, Texas and is a longtime speaker at the US Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, and other government organizations. Matt served as head of global government affairs at HomeAway and Expedia for nearly seven years. In that position, he was the longest-serving and best-known thought leader on short-term rental regulations.

    Matt has started Smart City Policy Group, a consultancy with several other former city officials, with the goal of working with cities to create short-term rental regulations that achieve compliance. Matt is the best-known leader on this issue in the industry and with cities. He has spoken at the National Conference of State Legislators, SXSW, US Travel, Destinations International, several state municipal leagues and conferences in Europe and Australia.

    Matt's goal is compliance. He is quick to point out that many short-term rental policies don't achieve high levels of compliance and can be a burden to city budgets, but that through an understanding of the industry, good regulations can be created.

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  • Industry News for Vacation Rental Managers
    Be a Friend to Your Mayor and Create Good Regulations

    The late, great Boston mayor Tom Menino once told me, “Hey, Matt, we’re drinking from a fire...

  • Regulations
    Avoid Regional Economic Collapse: Join An Association

    Recently, my team and I attended the United States Conference of Mayors meeting in Boston where we...

  • Regulations
    The Uber-ization of Everything

    How Local Governments View the Sharing Economy I signed up for my first email address barely twenty-five...

  • Regulations
    What to Do When the Rules Don’t Make Any Sense 

    Building a coalition to help governments find logical solutions  “Fish Hooks” McCarthy was an aide to New York Governor...

  • Industry News for Vacation Rental Managers
    Working With Policymakers To Help Create Effective, Commonsense Regulations

    My wife and I had a recent dilemma: What do we do in a hotel room when...

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