To … all those folks who want to ban short-term rentals like Airbnb: Keep in mind [that] most, if not all, of the money collected for rent stays local, unlike big-box hotels, where most of the money leaves Asheville.
Because of the affordable price, folks who stay at an Airbnb have more money to spend on eating out and buying from the local shops.
I’ve always been led to believe we live in a free-market system. As long as those who rent out rooms pay the same taxes (room and sales tax) as the hotels do, they should be allowed to supplement their income in an area that has become unaffordable to live in by folks who live here full time.
— Sharon Dagiel