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Airbnb to testify at Tasmanian inquiry

Airbnb to testify at Tasmanian inquiry

Airbnb will give evidence at an inquiry into short-stay accommodation in Tasmania.

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By AAP 02.11.2018 03:32 AM

Online giant Airbnb will give evidence at a parliamentary inquiry into short-stay accommodation in Tasmania.

The legislative council will hear from the accommodation company at a public hearing on Friday about trends, the impact on the housing, tourism and regulatory issues.

In its submission Airbnb said while there were 5000 active listings in the state, the company was not a significant player in the local housing market.

"In 2017, total active entire home listings represented less than 1.5% of Tasmania's and approximately 1.5% of Hobart's housing stock," it said.

The company also said a typical Airbnb host in the state earned $9800 through the platform and 45 per cent of hosts used the earnings to make ends meet.

The hearing in Hobart will hear from the head of Airbnb public policy in Australia, Brent Thomas, and hosts speaking about their experiences.

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