Biz(941) Tourism Beat: Turbulence Ahead?

How Airbnb is impacting the hotel industry.

By Cooper Levey-Baker January 8, 2015

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WITHOUT A DOUBT, they’re the most buzzed-about four syllables in the vacation rental world: Airbnb.

The website is simple. Type in your destination and dates and up pops a list of locals willing to rent out their space. Accommodations range from a humble air mattress, the type of bed that gave the site its name, to an opulent $1,000-a-night, 4,000-square-foot Sarasota School of Architecture treasure on Siesta Key. And those are just two of the more than 1,000 options listed in Sarasota and Manatee counties in early November last year… Read more

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