Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre’s report on ‘The Impact of Airbnb on WA’s Tourism Industry’ released last week shows that the shared economy is not ‘shared’ – with 61 percent of listings being for entire homes or apartments and only 37 percent accounting for private rooms within a house.
The report has highlighted the need for Western Australian State and Local Governments to take action to regulate the growth of ‘quasi-hotels’.
Australian Hotels Association WA CEO, Bradley Woods, said clear and transparent policies are required for all commercial short-stay accommodation providers.
“They need to comply with the same rules and local government regulations that licensed legal accommodation hotels and serviced apartments have to comply with,” said Mr Woods.
“The report also highlights the need for Airbnb to co-operate and contribute data to the assessment of their share of accommodation provided to tourists and visitors to WA so that industry and government has a clear understanding of the sharing accommodation industry.
“The Western Australian Government has an opportunity to lead with fairer regulation of commercial accommodation and develop a model that allows for legal Airbnb operators to exist alongside hotels and serviced apartments.
“Planning guidelines should be developed for local government authorities to manage the sector whilst still delivering results for tourism, the economy and job creation,” said Mr Woods.