Tourism

According to a new report, 63 percent of those hosts are women; the average age of Airbnb host is 50 and 29 percent of the Airbnb hosts are over the age of 60.
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A newly issued legislative report says online home sharing services like Airbnb should be regulated locally. But one of the lawmakers who requested the study says oversight should happen on a statewide level.

A screenshot of the Airbnb website, taken Sept. 20, shows some available rentals in Vermont. A Vermont working group is studying short-term rentals, prompting Airbnb to reach out to Vermont hosts registered on the site to share their experiences.
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Airbnb says more than 3,600 people across the state use the online service to rent out their homes. Now the company is asking those homeowners to get involved with a statewide study that could impact the future of home sharing in Vermont.

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The rise of Airbnb has led to debates over how rented rooms should be taxed and regulated, and raised concerns about maintaining a level playing-field for traditional inns and bed-and-breakfasts. We're talking about the sharing economy's impact on Vermont tourism, and whether it's helping or hurting the hospitality industry as a whole. 

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Weather forecasters are looking ahead to a cold and snowy week. It's a turnaround from the relatively warm and snow-free weather we've seen across the state this winter. We're looking at how this winter's weird weather has been affecting the state's economy- from tourism and the ski slopes to heating costs, retail, and beyond.

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Vermont is known for its sweeping vistas, colorful foliage and ski resorts. Tourists come for these attractions, helping to boost the local economy. But Alex Aldrich, executive director of the Vermont Arts Council, wants Vermont to also become a tourist attraction for its vibrant art scene.

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The next few weekends are expected to be among the busiest for fall tourists hoping to peep some leaves and sample cider donuts, but Saturday’s rain forced some visitors to alter their plans.

On Route 100 between Waterbury and Stowe, traffic was crawling this weekend.

It’s a great spot to play the license plate game. New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey, not to mention Quebec, are all represented within a five minute drive.

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A group that’s been picketing outside Santa’s Land in Putney wants to find new homes for the animals there. The theme park’s owner and caretaker have both been charged with animal cruelty, following the deaths of more than 20 animals this winter. But officials who have been spot checking the shuttered park say the remaining animals are not in trouble.

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Waterbury Reservoir is one of the most popular lakes in the Vermont State Parks system. But many of the campsites around the reservoir have, until now, been outside the purview of the Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation.

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The country inn is the quintessential image of tourism in Vermont, but customers' expectations are changing and so is the experience that innkeepers are trying to provide.

Chandler Burgess / Killington Resort

Many of us may be dreaming of summer. But Killington reported an inch of fresh snow on Sunday. This year’s seemingly never ending winter has been a boon for skiers and ski resorts across the state.

Parker Riehle, president of the Vermont Ski Areas Association, said it’s not often that Vermont can best Colorado when it comes to skiing, but this past weekend, Vermont did. “Colorado and Utah both had two resorts still open for May skiing and riding,” said Riehle.  “But we had three with Sugarbush, Killington and Jay Peak so we’re pretty proud of that.”

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The owner of Santa’s Land in Putney and the theme park’s caretaker are scheduled to appear Tuesday in Brattleboro District Court. The two were cited in March for animal cruelty and neglect after 16 fallow deer, a pheasant and a pot-bellied pig were found dead on the park’s premises. Now the park’s remaining animals are getting attention from some local residents who’ve been trying to feed them.

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Vermont’s tourist industry is gearing up for the lucrative fall foliage season, and state officials are collaborating on new ways to help visitors plan color-filled vacations.

Not many states encourage a high level bureaucrat to leave his office and hit the dirt roads, looking for the first yellow and red leaves. But that’s how a blue-jeaned Mike Snyder, Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation is spending some of these early autumn afternoons.