Speaking last week at the Airbnb Open conference, Chris Lehane, the company's head of global policy and public affairs, noted that Airbnb has reached deals to collect occupancy taxes in more than 200 cities within the past year, including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. "Politicians are really good at counting to 50 plus one," said Lehane. "This is where the majority is, this is something that's wildly popular, and this is the direction where the world is going." With Airbnb's 3 million listed homes hosting a collective 70 million guests during the past year, Airbnb's growth continues to outpace the overall accommodations industry, causing opposition from hotel lobbyists in addition to politicians and affordable-housing advocates. Get the full story at Travel Weekly