I read with interest and a certain degree of dread Bill Black’s Jan. 18 column on stimulating tourism, “Better routes, rules could stimulate tourism.” Of particular interest was his mention of the increasing use of short-term rentals (e.g., Airbnbs) for tourist accommodation. In his column and in the Nova Scotia government working group on short-term rentals, to which he refers, Mr. Black did not mention the present and potential impact on neighbourhoods in this community and around the province.

Mr. Black made reference to the so-called sharing economy and that the average annual short-term rental operation revenue is $6,000 and therefore, in his view, not a sufficient development to merit more than “light” regulation. The working group report was based on information that was current in 2016-17.

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