Growing number of ‘homestays’ giving R.I. tourism a big boost

BEACH HOMES such as this one in Narragansett are hot commodities on the rental market this summer, according to local tourism officials. / PBN FILE PHOTO
BEACH HOMES such as this one in Narragansett are hot commodities on the rental market this summer, according to local tourism officials. / PBN FILE PHOTO
Tourism officials in Rhode Island’s shoreline communities are preparing for a bustling summer season based, in part, on the large number of home rentals booked through online platforms such as Airbnb Inc. and Vrbo. Louise Bishop, CEO and president of the South County Tourism Council, said the occupancy rate of rentable vacation homes in beach…

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