Block Island Times

Tourism Council eyes revenue loss to room reselling services

As more and more island visitors rent rooms and homes through such room reselling platforms as airbnb, less and less hotel tax revenue gets circled back to the Block Island Tourism Council. The hotel tax returned to the Council is its sole source of funding.
That this trend will continue in 2019 and beyond was cause for concern for the members of the Tourism Board at its meeting on Tuesday, March 26.
Tourism Director Jessica Willi provided the Board with some facts: in the third quarter of 2016 (July, August and September)

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