Derek Nolan, Airbnb’s Head of Public Policy for Australia, has today commended the NSW Government’s considered and sensible approach to introducing a Code of Conduct for the short-term rental industry.
Mr Nolan said: “We strongly support the introduction of a robust Code of Conduct that will not only give communities greater peace of mind, but will complement the measures Airbnb has already put in place to help protect amenity throughout NSW.
“We also wholeheartedly support the NSW Government’s sensible decision to postpone the commencement of this Code of Conduct while the tourism sector focuses on combating the ongoing disruption presented by COVID-19.
“This crisis has presented enormous challenges for communities throughout the state, including for local hosts who have faced considerable personal financial hardship. By postponing the Code, local hosts – who also welcome its introduction – will be better placed to direct their full attention to its successful implementation.”
Mr Nolan said Airbnb was committed to working closely with the NSW Government to ensure the introduction of the state’s Code of Conduct is as effective as possible.
“In the meantime, we’re calling on both guests and hosts on our platform to play a positive role in slowing the spread of COVID-19,” he said. “That includes avoiding non-essential travel – particularly to our regions over the Easter break.
“Our message is very clear; if you don’t need to travel for an essential reason, stay home. Everyone must closely follow health and travel guidance from local authorities, especially when it comes to strictly limiting movements to essential travel only.
“When the time is right, we look forward to working with our community to help local economies begin their recovery – but for now, people need to avoid leisure trips and travel only for essential purposes.”