Looking across our Harbour two days ago, Tim Ritchie photographed the Shangri-La Hotel.  With all 565 rooms empty, Management are sending a message to locals (see photo or link).  One expects that many of the Shangri-La’s employees and sub-contracto...

Back in April, Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson MP wrote that the NSW Government is committed to establishing a short-term rental accommodation regulatory framework that balances “the rights of homeowners to reasonably use their properties a...

Our Tourism Industry has been totally blindsided by drought, bushfires and now the coronavirus COVID-19.  With the winding back today of some restrictions, the State Government’s DestinationNSW is set to tell us:  “It’s time to love NSW.”  We are al...

A media search of Airbnb ‘news’ over the last 24 hours features, in every language imaginable, one outstanding topic:  Airbnb is making a quarter of its global workforce redundant…laying off 1,900 employees due to a decline in demand.  And in an open call to ex-Airbnb...

“We will take you to jail.  I’m not going to allow any individuals to upend the process.  I can’t make this any clearer.  You absolutely must stay home, and that means your home, not somebody else’s home, not an Airbnb.”  One Mayor’s response to those who continue to p...

From the ABC to property and urban development professionals, all are reporting how a microorganism is dismantling Airbnb and asking will the platform ever recover.  Real Estate Agents and Industry insiders note the flood of residential dwellings being returned to...

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Airbnb’s newsroom has published a media statement advising that it is developing a new “Cleaning Protocol for hosts, with guidance from the former US Surgeon General…”  Airbnb will “encourage” its landlords to “commit and adop...

Central Coast based Labor Senator, Deborah O’Neill, has hit back at critics after news broke on April 18 that she had rented out her Copacabana home (no mention of her Airbnb rentals in the ACT and TAS) from April 6-8 despite social distancing rules being in place....

A Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order appears to be no deterrent to those using Airbnb’s platform to flout this Ministerial directive.  Without doubt, Airbnb is aware of bookings, deposits, payments, reviews and Media during these extr...