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Tourism is New Hampshire’s second-largest industry–if you combine the state’s smart manufacturing and high technology sectors (SMHT). It’s also a clear point of intersection between government and industry, with the state maintaining a number of parks, campgrounds, and historical sites, and nearby businesses in turn catering to visitors’ needs. Given this close relationship, the state provides funding to market New Hampshire to potential tourists. Some of the heaviest marketing efforts are concentrated in Boston, Philadelphia and New York City. Canadian tourists, especially Quebeçois, also make up a sizable number of New Hampshire’s visitors. From the business perspective, “tourism” is a broad term. It encompasses hotels, resorts, restaurants, retail, and arts and entertainment, among other things. So while statewide reports may indicate overall restaurant or retail sales are up or down, the story might be very different in New Hampshire’s main tourism communities. For these places, weather, gas prices, currency exchange rates, and whether they draw visitors for outdoor activities, site-seeing, or shopping could all be factors.Summary provided by StateImpact NH

Sharing Economy in N.H.: The Debate Over How to Regulate Companies Like Airbnb & Uber

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While the debate about services like Airbnb is loudest in cities such as San Francisco and New York, it's also made inroads in less urban places like New Hampshire. We look at concerns over the lack of regulation, as well as the opportunities. Then, at the end of the hour, we'll discuss Uber, another major sharing economy company growing in the Granite State.
 

GUESTS:

  • Alison Griswold, reporter for Quartz, a digital business news publication from Atlantic Media. She covers the sharing economy and other business topics.
  • Bob Sanders, longtime reporter at New Hampshire Business Review.
  • Neil Niman, economics professor at the University of New Hampshire

We also heard from Representative Ed Butler, D-Hart's Location, who sponsored HB 1590, which addresses regulation of short-term rental businesses like Airbnb.

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