Australian accommodation sector representative body, Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA), expressed disappointment that Jetstar had entered into a partnership agreement with the sharing economy accom provider, Airbnb.
“Hotels, motels and serviced accommodation operators have been great supporters of Jetstar since it launched in Australia and we actively partner with them in providing holiday packages as well as accommodation for their crews, so it is disappointing that they would sign with an unregulated short-term accommodation operator such as Airbnb,” said TAA CEO, Carol Giuseppi.
“While we have no issues with genuine ‘sharing’, the sector has become increasingly dominated by commercial operators with multiple properties that involve no sharing. They contribute little to taxes or jobs, and bypass many health, safety and development regulations.
“That’s why so many cities around the world are moving towards greater regulation of accommodation listings with Airbnb. In many states up to one third of these listings are operating in the commercial space without meeting the same regulatory requirements that hotels, motels and serviced apartments have to meet.”