Our family is the complete opposite. AirBnb has allowed us to stay in amazing accommodation at a fraction of the cost of basic motels. Booking a year out gets once in a lifetime stays....Like the toll keepers home built into English bridge abutments, secluded cabins at the foot of Icelandic glaciers, the attic of French chateaus. Etc.
My concern was the city apartments being sublet, not the kind of stuff you are talking about - the ruination of amenity for those living in what's supposed to be housing and instead their neighbour rents it out for teen parties every weekend. And the rise in urban rents as a result of landlords choosing the high return short term rental market over long term, secure tenants.
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Our only experience with airbnb is we live on a canal, very close to the beach, across the canal and about 5 houses up, is a big place, pool, boat pontoon, and it was on airbnb, every couple of weeks it was the party house, music blaring, loud people, hooning up the canal in the tinny at 2am, then the police would come and hopefully shut things down, and another sleepless night for the locals ! At the start of Covid, the house was sold !
Just looking at September travel data. I can’t recall what increase, if any, occurred in the arrivals caps that month, but visitor arrivals (i.e. those needing clearance to get in) were up 22.6% in September from August, but resident returns (i.e. those stuck elsewhere or needing clearance to get out) were up only 1.1%. ABS international travel september
Interesting the differences in the country breakdowns (2.2 and 3.2) when you take tourism out of the equation. Travel to PNG down to just over 5% of last year, Indonesia is 0.13%. I’ve not been to Bali too.
A quick delve into the spreadsheets indicates that among the visitors, visit friends and relatives is up less than employment and business. And about 70 people stated on their card that they were coming for holiday. That’s 70 people that would have received a grilling from ABF!
54% of the returnees, which is just under 40% of the total arrivals, had been away more than 6 months, indicating still many ‘stuck elsewhere’. The remaining 46% of the returnees would have largely been those who left after the travel ban was introduced. About 140 had reason to go overseas for a week or less. There has been a steady reduction over time in returnees, with September numbers about 46% of April. Short term arrivals have fluctuated much more, with a low since the travel ban of 2,250 in April and a high of 5,400 in June.
Note that the data ignores residents who were overseas for more than a year, and non residents intending to stay for more than 12 months, such as migrants.
On domestic travel, no real surprises, interesting that BNE-CNS travel was up to 75% of what it was in September last year, and that charters are up 44% on last year, driven it seems by mining industry demand. BITRE Domestic travel