New report highlights need for government to change regulation for accommodation sector
Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre’s report, The Impact of Airbnb on WA’s Tourism Industry, shows that 61 per cent of listings being for entire homes or apartments and only 37 per cent accounting for private rooms within a house.
Australian Hotels Association WA CEO Bradley Woods says the report highlights the need for Western Australian state and local governments to take action to regulate the growth of ‘quasi-hotels’.
“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 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.”
Woods called on the Western Australian Government 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,” he said.