May 19, 2020

Airbnb supports NSW home sharing regulation

New South Wales
Sam McDonagh
Airbnb Country Manager for Australia
Harry Allan
2 min
Airbnb supports NSW home sharing regulation

The New South Wales (NSW) Government has just announced its decision to support home sharing and has moved into the final stage of consultation in creating regulations for the state. Airbnb has signalled its support for this legislation. 

Sam McDonagh, Airbnb Country Manager for Australia, said: "We welcome the NSW Government’s decision to support innovation and home sharing, and to move to the final stage of consultation about balanced regulations in this state.

“Yesterday’s announcement, which supports the parliamentary committee’s report and recommendations, is a strong, positive step towards ensuring fair and progressive rules and regulation for residents and visitors to NSW who make the most of home sharing.

He also highlighted that Airbnb will continue to work with the state Government and stakeholders to help provide certainty to NSW residents, while adhering to short term rental regulations that are easy to understand.

“The NSW Government is absolutely right in making moves to crack down on bad behaviour,” he asserted. “We will happily stand beside them to support regulations which ensure people’s rights to respectfully and responsibly share their homes are protected.”

“What we’ve heard loud and clear from NSW residents who list their homes or book Airbnb listings for their travel, is that they love the range of choice, availability and affordability Airbnb provides,” he added. “Home sharing through Airbnb expands accommodation supply beyond the traditional hotel hubs, increases availability during peak travel periods, reduces visitor accommodation costs, and gives consumers a “live like a local” experience unlike anywhere else.”

He highlighted that in the last year, Airbnb guests contributed more than $750 million to local businesses across the NSW are which, he claimed, supported more than 4,450 local jobs. “Yesterday’s announcement is a step closer to continuing this economic growth and diversifying tourism across the state,” he added.

“With the vast majority of NSW listings located outside traditional hotel districts, our guests live like locals, spending money at neighbourhood cafes, shops and restaurants not normally visited by tourists,” he added. “In fact, in 2015-16, around half of the 40,000 Airbnb listings in NSW were outside the greater Sydney region and located in neighbourhoods across regional NSW. This includes listings in popular Airbnb guest destinations such as Byron Bay, Nowra, Newcastle and Wollongong.

“We appreciate that these things take time and that it’s important to get the balance right. We’re confident that Premier Berejiklian and the NSW Government will join the state Governments in Tasmania and South Australia, in embracing home sharing, and introduce fair regulations that allow more people in NSW to share their extra space,” he concluded. 

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Jun 22, 2021

Digital Leader Mobiquity Expands Into Asia-Pacific

3 min
Mobiquity pursues a vision of global growth with its first APAC hire—Gustavo Quiroga, its new Vice President of Business Development Financial Services

As an international digital consulting firm, Mobiquity helps a global client base upgrade its digital banking and financial services. The company employs 1,200 team members across 50+ nationalities and serves an estimated 200+ million users each day. Recently, the company built out a digital banking experience for the Bank of the Philippines Islands’ online and mobile platforms—exemplifying its mission to help leading brands engage with technology in meaningful ways. 


To highlight Mobiquity’s services, here are a few of the company’s recent accomplishments


  • Designed and developed the first FDA-approved digital medicine system
  • Launched a five-star mobile ordering app
  • Pioneered a cloud-based IT infrastructure that prevented bank fraud
  • Built the official AWS re:Invent 2017 and 2018 mobile apps 


What Makes Mobiquity Stand Out? 

According to Mobiquity, it's the people that make all the difference. ‘We’re born innovators who like meaty challenges’, the company wrote. ‘We go deeper, getting to the root of your customers’ friction and creating personalised engagements that deliver much more than a digital experience alone’. Now, the company has added former Microsoft and IBM director Gustavo Quiroga to its team. 


Who Is Gustavo Quiroga? 

At Mobiquity, he’ll be the first Vice President of Business Development Financial Services in APAC. With years of experience in the industry, Quiroga has developed numerous tech, business, and customer experience projects: at Microsoft, he led a top Aussie Azure Data and AI specialist team, and at IBM, he applied AI and deep analytics to transform the company’s business processes, CX, and UX. 


Based in Sydney, Australia, Quiroga will start to work with Mobiquity clients in Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines and take responsibility for expanding the company’s regional operations. ‘Our best way to impact client outcomes’, he wrote, ‘is by listening to them with an inquisitive and open mind and empowering our people to do the same’. 


When notified of the announcement, Quiroga expressed excitement over his new role. ‘I’m delighted to join Mobiquity and support the company’s rapid expansion across the Asia-Pacific region. I joined Mobiquity to develop, design and implement digital products and services that create meaningful experiences with customers...and I look forward to using my expertise to develop partnerships where we can achieve this every day’. 


Where Does Mobiquity Go From Here? 

In the past six months, Mobiquity has hired over 100 new employees, including the high-profile additions of Howard Moore, Senior Director of Banking, and Ruby Walia, Senior Advisor for Digital Banking. This falls in line with the company’s hyper-growth strategy to deliver digital products to the world. 


As Matthew Williamson, Mobiquity’s Vice President of Global Financial Services, explained: ‘Our appointment of Gustavo demonstrates [our] commitment to hiring an A-list team of talent. The latest addition to the Mobiquity team supports our vision of global growth in Asia-Pacific, as a recognised partner within the banking and finance ecosystem’.


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