Published on : Monday, July 3, 2017
Airbnb has reshaped WA’s tourism landscape, hosting more than 170,000 visitors for almost 300,000 nights last year. It had proved attractive to tourists from the US and those visiting friends and relatives in WA.
A research by Deloitte Access Economics found that guests spent an average $213 a day — including more on food ($58) than accommodation ($47). This added $100 million to the WA economy and helped create 780 jobs. Airbnb had assisted more than 1.3 million short stays in Australian cities since it was launched in Australia in August 2012. More than 150 million guests, including over 2.5 million Australian guests, were currently on the Airbnb platform.
Airbnb country manager Sam McDonagh said the data showed Airbnb was important for tourism and the WA economy. He said, “In stark contrast to the big hotel industry’s trickle-down approach, Airbnb drives bottom-up growth. We are spreading the benefits of the tourism boom and helping create more jobs in local cafes, restaurants and shops.”
Doubleview couple Keith and Patricia Gennoe joined Airbnb last year and have come to appreciate the role they are playing in the tourist industry. The couple offers a bedroom, lounge room, bathroom and access to a full kitchen. They have attracted tourists from Germany, Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Africa since they opened.