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Airbnb-style rentals prove hard to track

Airbnb-style rentals prove hard to track

For visitors wanting to get the full experience of living in another place in the way a local would, websites like Airbnb and VRBO offer a unique chance to try out the living quarters of a different community for the day. A quick search of these sites for an August weekend near Navarre Beach turns […]

Pace of tourism growth slows

Pace of tourism growth slows

The rate of Santa Rosa County tourism tax collections, while still on the rise from recent years, has slowed a bit during the past four months and caught the eye of area leisure industry leaders. Although the county’s share of lodging receipts, the so-called bed tax, totaled about $93,000 in February, the latest figures available, […]

Holiday shopping forecast bright for retailers

Holiday shopping forecast bright for retailers

The Florida Retail Federation says that Florida retailers are in for a busy and successful holiday shopping season behind the strength of numerous positive economic indicators and a healthy economic climate overall in Florida. FRF is projecting a 4.5 percent increase in sales for retailers, which would outpace the predicted national average of 3.5 percent. […]