June 28, 2016
More and more Rochester visitors and Mayo Clinic patients are turning to online platforms to find overnight and weekly housing rentals, and the trend has caused concern from licensed lodging facilities. Patients and companions make up about 1.2 million of Rochester’s 2.8 million annual visitors, according to Mayo Clinic research released last year. Many of these visitors find lodging and accommodations through the Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau, which exclusively lists licensed lodging establishments. But some visitors are choosing to find short-term rentals through online services, such as Airbnb, that allow hosts to rent extra space to guests. Spaces range from a shared room to an entire home. An Airbnb search Tuesday located rooms and spaces for rent in 99 Rochester properties….
Source: http://www.postbulletin.com/news/local/airbnb-raises-ire-of-lodging-businesses/article_2a679c32-3ea0-548b-8e81-b27e7bf865c0.html