An East Coast tourism body will tell a Legislative Council committee next week the region’s economy depends on growth in the short-term accommodation sector.
The committee will continue its inquiry into the sector over two hearings in Hobart and St Helens on Monday and Tuesday.
East Coast Tasmania chief executive Ruth Dowty said the East Coast was the sixth most dependent region on tourism in the country.
She said growth over the past several years had created jobs and new business opportunities.
“The traditional hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts have benefited from this trend but do not provide enough rooms to accommodate the growth we have been experiencing,” Ms Dowty said.
“The region would not have generated such successful outcomes without the expansion of the industry.”
The Break O'Day Council general manager John Brown said there were an estimated 225 properties on the short-term accommodation market in the council area with most of them already established holiday homes.
He said there had been a marginal change in the rental market as a result of the advent of the sharing platform with five per cent fewer properties on the rental market.
Mr Brown said short-term accommodation assisted St Helens deal with the 15.5-per-cent growth in visitation over the past three years.
The safety of visitors in a relatively unregulated accommodation market has been raised numerous times during the inquiry.
Australasian Institute of Building Surveyors state president Roland Wierenga said there needed to be a provision for owners to make declarations over the fitness of the property.
He said there had been a steady increase in the stringency of the building code over years.
“A building built as little as 20 years ago would be unlikely to comply with almost all of the technical requirements applicable for the same building today,” Mr Wierenga said.