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Airbnb applauds Tassie welcome for sharing economy

November 4, 2015 Headline News, Hotel Trends 2 Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Airbnb has responded enthusiastically to a statement by Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman, who said he wants Tasmania to be the first state in Australia to embrace the sharing economy rather than curtail it through heavy regulation.

Speaking at a business lunch in Hobart, Premier Will Hodgman said he would introduce legislation in the first half of next year to cover transport operations, including ride-sharing enterprise Uber.

The so-called “sharing economy” is controversial, opposed by many hoteliers and taxi drivers, who accuse such operations of taking customers while avoiding essential overheads like licensing, insurance and safety compliance costs.http://www.exoticvoyages.com/cambodia-tours

Hodgman, however, said embracing the sharing economy would deliver benefits to the state.

“We are prepared to take a lead on the national stage to be the first state to embrace the sharing economy. We believe it is consumers that should decide what’s best for them, not the government.

“It’s allowing people choices to how we travel, where we stay, where we eat, how we borrow money, what we can hire, even where you can board a pet,” he said.

Airbnb was quick to respond.

“We applaud the state government in Tasmania for recognising the tremendous benefits of home sharing,” Mike Orgill, Airbnb’s director of public policy, Asia Pacific, stated.

“We look forward to working with the Premier to help grow and diversify tourism and to provide visitors to the state with a unique travel experience in the homes of local residents, beyond the regular tourist hotspots. This helps spread economic benefits to new families, communities and local businesses that otherwise wouldn’t benefit from the tourist dollar.

“We also know that a large number of Airbnb hosts right across Australia come from low to moderate income households and rely on this additional income to pay the bills and help make ends meet. By working together with the government on clear and simple rules for home sharing, we can support more everyday Australians.”

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. SARAH PARRY says:

    This is the thin end of the wedge! Why should people who don’t pay insurance, aren’t accredited operators, have not complied with local government health and building requirements, be allowed to compete with those that do comply, most often at significant expense.

    Insurers will not provide proper public liability cover to bnb operators if they don’t comply with all the local requirements. Does this mean that those operators already compliant, and who pay significant annual fees to be so, can cease to comply, cease to be accredited, and cease to pay expensive insurance and registration fees?

    Mr Hodgman needs to be properly advised as to the significant change that will follow to Tasmania’s currently impressive reputation. What’s next? boats? aircraft charter? rental cars? where do you stop?

  2. Anti-"Sharing Economies" says:

    If I am not mistaken Will Hodgman is also the Tasmanian Tourism Minister. I am sure that voters who own legitimate businesses and pay state and federal taxes will remember Mr Hodgman come the next state election for such an outrageous proposal.

    If he is truly interested in a level playing field he needs only pass legislate that ensures Uber and AirBnb are forced to pay taxes, satisfy all legislative requirements, have comprehensive insurances policies, etc etc.

    Can someone please let me know if a rally is planned for Tasmania to combat this ridiculous proposal and I will ensure as many mainlanders as possible will attend.

    By the way, I am also calling on all legitimate operators to observe their environments and report anyone who they believe to be operating an illegal accommodation or taxi service. The ATO and your local council are good starting points as well as your local member of parliament (unless of course you are from southern Tasmania and Mr Hodgman is your local member!)

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