Calls grow for Airbnb to be reg­u­lated

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

RE­PORTS that ac­com­mo­da­tion web­site Airbnb is now a $ 25 bil­lion busi­ness have spurred Tourism Ac­com­mo­da­tion Aus­tralia into tak­ing ac­tion to try to reg­u­late the boom­ing in­dus­try.

The val­u­a­tion from busi­ness re­searcher PrivCo fol­lows phe­nom­e­nal growth in Airbnb since it started in San Fran­cisco in 2008.

The web­site now has list­ings in more than 34,000 cities and 190 coun­tries, in­clud­ing thou­sands through­out Aus­tralia. Syd­ney has the largest num­ber of Airbnb prop­er­ties in Aus­tralia, with an es­ti­mated 10,023, fol­lowed by Mel­bourne with 5388, Perth with 1838, Bris­bane with 1405, the Gold CoastTweed re­gion with 1266 and Ade­laide with 766.

In a se­ries of sub­mis­sions to State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments, TAA seeks to have laws in­tro­duced re­quir­ing the reg­is­tra­tion of rooms that are let on a com­mer­cial short- term ba­sis by in­di­vid­u­als. TAA Chair­man Martin Fer­gu­son said Airbnb had grown at such a rate it now threat­ened the liveli­hood of reg­u­lated tourism providers.

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