Growing Airbnb industry a concern for MS tourism and taxes

By Mike Lacy

There’s a growing industry on the Coast that is becoming a growing problem.

Unregulated and untaxed short-term rentals have tourism and government officials worried.

The marketing platform Airbnb has helped turn a cottage industry into a major industry.

“It’s growing tremendously across the nation,” said Linda Hornsby, executive director of the Mississippi Hotel & Lodging Association.

According to a recent press release from Airbnb, Mississippi families earned more than $6 million in home sharing in 2017 and brought in 50,000 guests.

Not everyone is happy with these figures.

Read the full article from WLOX here.

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