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Tourism business up 4 percent in 2015 to $108 billion, VISIT Florida reports

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Florida’s tourism economy grew by nearly 4 percent in 2015 and brought almost $109 billion worth of economic activity to the Sunshine State, according to a new survey released by VISIT Florida Wednesday. The growth was slower than was seen in the previous five years but still added $4.1 billion in new money to the state’s economy, according to the “Economic Impact of Out of State Tourist Spending In Florida” study produced for VISIT Florida by Tourism Economics, an Oxford…

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Airbnb housing in Florida doubles again in 2016, reaches 1.5 million

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The number of visitors to Florida choosing to stay in private homes through the Airbnb home-sharing app continues to explode and has topped 1.5 million for the 2016 year, the company announced Tuesday. With Florida attracting more than 100 million visitors a year Airbnb still represents a tiny fraction of the market. But it now has captured more than 1 percent of Florida’s visitors, with survey evidence that some of those visitors wouldn’t have come otherwise. And the company discusses…

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Airbnb reports 16,000 Florida homes rented for 750K visitors

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The home-sharing tourism company Airbnb reported Tuesday morning that its service arranged for 754,000 visitors to stay in 16,100 private homes in Florida in 2015. The most popular place for the home-based lodging program was the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market, which accounted for almost half of all the private homes participating and more than half of the visitors. Airbnb is an eight-year-old app-based, home-sharing service that connects visitors with people who have homes or rooms available for rent by the night. The company’s…

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