Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Little is known about short term rentals (STRs) as an accommodation choice for pleasure or business in Montana. The goal of this study was to assess the impacts of STRs on hosts and communities in Montana, as well as to better understand the characteristics and motivations of visitors who use STRs. Two independent studies; interviews with city and county officials in Montana, as well as an online travel behavior survey regarding accommodation choices and changes in travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic were conducted. Results suggest that positive STR impacts include increased financial well-being for hosts and more vacation rental opportunities for the guests. In some locations, however, STRs appear to limit housing availability and contribute to increased rent and housing costs.
Short Term Rentals
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Bigart, Elena A.; Nickerson, Norma P.; Grau, Kara; Hartman, Glenna; Jones, Zach; and Sage, Jeremy L., "The State of Short-Term Rentals in Montana" (2021). Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research Publications. 418.