Thursday 21 June 2018 - HomeAway, the new home of Stayz, today noted the Sunshine Coast Council’s Budget and the reported extension of its tourism levy to the short-term rental accommodation sector.
HomeAway Director of Corporate Affairs, Eacham Curry said extra fees or charges on the short-term rental accommodation sector will undermine the potential of the Sunshine Coast’s world-famous tourism economy, drive up the cost of the family holiday and send valuable tourism dollars to other parts of the state.
“We will review the detail of the Sunshine Coast Council’s budget and assess the impact this extended tax will have on the short-term rental accommodation sector,” Mr Curry said.
“Extra charges and fees will not help the Sunshine Coast’s tourism sector grow, rather a robust state-wide regulatory framework that provides certainty and clarity will help turbocharge to the tourism economy to the benefit of Queenslanders.
“HomeAway is working with the Queensland Government on a state-wide regulatory framework that will improve the sector, without the imposition of onerous regulation or financial burdens on the mum and dad investors who let out their holiday home.
“To that end, the Sunshine Coast Council is jumping the gun on Queensland Government’s regulatory process by proposing a levy on the short-term rental accommodation sector with little consultation,” Mr Curry concluded.
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