Airbnb general manager (Australia) Sam McDonagh at this morning's breakfast. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Airbnb’s McDonagh says service good for tourism

The number of Western Australian listings for accommodation site Airbnb has more than doubled in 12 months, but that growth hadn’t come at the expense of the hotel sector, Sam McDonagh told a Success & Leadership Breakfast today.


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What a load of nonsense - "150,000 people have come into Western Australia specifically to stay at an Airbnb". What planet is he living on? They are coming for business, conferences, holidays, visiting friends and relatives...and they are then choosing their accommodation. Genuine figures from Inside Airbnb show that the majority of listings in Australian cities are for whole apartments and houses - so no sharing involved - which makes them just another commercial rental operation that should adhere to the same regulations and obligations that other commercial short-term accommodation operators (like B&Bs, hotels, motels and serviced apartment hotels) have to. Perth is experiencing the largest increase in hotel stock in its history and clearly this investment is threatened by unregulated short-term accommodation that operates outside the regulatory framework.

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