Of the 40,000 in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, Airbnb says 7,000 of them are using its home rentals via 3,000 hosts, while delegates have booked about 15,000 hotel rooms in comparison.

Airbnb and Uber hosted a panel in Philadelphia, where an Airbnb survey was launched, announcing that 80% of millennials support Airbnb operating legally in their area – including in swing states, emphasising the need for political support.

Philadelphia officials have generally embraced Airbnb, and Uber, under fire for avoiding regulations, has reached a temporary deal with city officials allowing it to operate legally until the end of September to help alleviate stress on the transport system.

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