Residents are being encouraged to have a say on the future of the short-term holiday letting (STHL) industry in the Kempsey Shire.
An online survey, released by Southern Cross University (SCU) and Destination North Coast, is seeking to investigate residents' views and experiences of STHL, including sites like Airbnb and Stayz.
The research project is being led by Dr Tania von der Heidt of the School of Business and Tourism at SCU and Kempsey Shire Council is one of 12 councils taking part in the project.
Council's Manager of Commercial Business, Gayleen Burley, said findings from the survey will be used to facilitate a better understanding of the impacts STHL is having on residents, residential streets and neighbourhoods.
"For some, short-term holiday letting provides employment opportunities both directly through accommodating visitors or through the jobs created by increased visitation to the area," she said.
"For others, it may be the vehicle that enables them to remain in the area or their residence. Alternatively, others may have been impacted negatively through increased rental prices, reduced availability of rental accommodation or issues related to having a STHL property in their vicinity.
"Feedback from residents will provide in-depth insights that can inform strategies, planning, policies and regulation that can guide future management."
The North Coast of NSW comprises of many tourist hubs with the sector valued at approximately $12.5 million per day.
To take part in the survey go to: bit.ly/2kaHkSh
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