The impact of Airbnb on WA’s tourism industry

External PersonnelChristof Pforr, Michael Volgger
Project FundingBankwest Curtin Economics Centre
Project StatusComplete (January 2016 to December 2016)

Project Summary

The shared economy phenomenon Airbnb has been amongst the most disruptive developments in tourism over the last ten years . The Airbnb platform allows non-tourism professionals to become hosts and rent their apartments to guests. Founded in 2008, Airbnb has since shown exponential growth and provoked a variety of economic policy reactions worldwide. Increasingly, Airbnb is also becoming a reality in WA. Despite the (potential) impact of Airbnb on WA tourism and the wider economy, data on the size and impact of the phenomenon is scant. The project aims to collect these data to inform economic and tourism policy debates and is thus supported by key WA government agencies.

Project Outputs

The Impact of Airbnb on WA’s Tourism Industry Christof Pforr, Michael Volgger, Kylie Coulson This BCEC Feature report looks at the rapid growth of the sharing economy, including Airbnb, in recent years and how it has challenged traditional economies in many countries around the globe. With more than 1.5 million listings in more than 190... Read article 6 October 2017Feature Read More