In a few short years the airbnb website ( www.airbnb.com ) has gone from promoting “couch surfing”, to host-resident “private room” rentals (mini-B&Bs), to host-absent vacation rentals.
- In 2008, airbnb operated only in the United States
- By 2014 it operates in 33,000 cities and 192 countries
- Has grown to over 300,000 listings
- Has booked 4 million guests total
- Has booked over 10 million room-nights
As a result, cities across the United States are being forced to deal with the growing reality of airbnb short-term rentals and the emergence of the so called “sharing economy”. The associated issues are many and complex, and they vary from city to city.