Airbnb says 4.5 million people booked rooms on its online lodging platform in regional Australia last year, providing an economic boost for smaller communities not well-served by hotels.
“The additional tourism capacity created by Airbnb hosts provides a critical economic boost for the many communities living beyond our nation’s larger cities,” said Derek Nolan, Airbnb’s head of public policy for Australia.
Mr Nolan said the guests “injected valuable tourism dollars into hundreds of thousands of small businesses across the nation”.
In NSW, Airbnb said that over 360,000 guests booked rooms in the South Coast in 2019, over 240,000 visited the Hunter region and 28,000 visited the New England North West region, including Tamworth.
In Queensland, over 350,000 Airbnb guests visited the Sunshine Coast last year and over 210,000 visited the Tropical North Queensland.
In Tasmania, more than 75,000 visited the East Coast and more than 49,000 visited the North West region.
In Victoria, more than 120,000 visited the state’s High Country and 44,000 visited its Lakes region.
Finally, it estimated that more than 260,000 Airbnb guests visited Australia’s South West region in WA, and more than 14,000 visited the Barossa Valley wine region in SA.
It didn’t provide estimates for all regional areas including the Gold Coast, however.