"In its 13 years of existence, Airbnb has grown from a minnow to a whale in
holiday accommodation. Today, it offers more than 5.6 million active listings
across 220 countries and regions. In Australia, Airbnb lists 346,581 spaces —
that’s 4% of Australia’s total housing stock.
Tourists often perceive Airbnb as having a relatively small environmental
footprint compared with other forms of holiday accommodation. Airbnb reinforces
this view, saying “home sharing promotes more efficient use of existing
resources and is a more environmentally sustainable way to travel”.
But our study, published in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism, suggests Airbnb
has a bigger carbon footprint than many realise."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics