Hobart cleaner Ebony Jackson is one of many business owners benefiting from the explosion of the short-stay accommodation market in Tasmania, which is generating an estimated $100 million a year for the state’s economy.
“About 45 per cent of my business is Airbnb, it’s a good source of income for me,” she said.
She typically has about 25 Airbnb units on her cleaning roster, and at Christmas time it could be as many as 60.
The booming short-stay accommodation sector means the small business owner has been able to employ two women.
“I think that it’s good for the tourism and it’s certainly good for business,” she said.
But a Legislative Council inquiry into short-stay accommodation established earlier this year has heard not everyone is benefiting from the sector’s success.
Ms Jackson agrees short-stay accommodation should be better regulated.
It is estimated there are 5,000 short-stay accommodation listings in Tasmania, but there are no precise figures available.
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