Airbnb Is Kicking Goals Across Regional Australia

Providing an 'economic lifeline'

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If you’re after an Airbnb rental bargain you might want to look to regional Australia – the global accommodation company has revealed over half of its Aussie listings are based in regional locations.

Airbnb’s Australia and New Zealand company manager Sam McDonagh told the ABC the platform's popularity for short breaks out of the bigger cities had created an inadvertent “economic lifeline” for small business in the bush.

"Airbnb's supporting more than 4,000 local jobs in regional communities," he said.

"Without the cost or delay of building any new hotels, Airbnb has made regional Australia more accessible and affordable than ever before."

Newly released figures from Deloitte revealed 2.1 million people used Airbnb across Australia in the 2015-16 financial year, with 56% of guest stays taking place outside major city hubs.

Maybe it’s time for a seachange then?

5 July 2017

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