Vermont grapples with Airbnb issues

By Bruce Edwards

Much the same way the Amazon effect changed the way consumers shop, Airbnb, VRBO and similar online platforms have given travelers another option to book their vacation stay in a place other than a traditional hotel, inn or bed and breakfast.

The result has been an explosion of people looking to earn some extra cash by renting out an unused room, an apartment or entire house.

The new competition on the block has caught the attention of the hotel industry, chambers of commerce and local and state officials around the country including Vermont.

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