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Airbnb hosts can now also make money as tour guides

November 18, 2016View for printing

Airbnb broadened its offerings Thursday with news the short-term rental site will now also allow hosts to hire themselves out as tour guides. The company is calling its new product Airbnb Trips.

The announcement came as efforts to regulate its rentals in San Francisco and elsewhere took another spin through the court system, reflective of the protracted tussle between Airbnb and other "sharing economy" companies and the municipalities that want to tax and regulate them.

Elizabeth Weise and Jefferson Graham , USA TODAY

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New tourist home ordinance in effect in Missoula, Montana

It is now legal to use websites like Airbnb or VRBO for short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods in Missoula, although perhaps as many as a hundred people have already been doing it for a long time.


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