Impact and engagement

A happy coastal holiday income for some is an economic and social nightmare for others

The Airbnb phenomenon has exploded worldwide. The online peer-to-peer home-sharing platform operates in 191 countries, with more than five million listings.

Airbnb has also taken off in Australia, with 166,000 listings. Its growth has had the greatest impact in popular coastal destinations, like Byron Bay. This small community of about 9,000 people receives more than two million visitors annually. At 222:1, Byron Bay’s visitor-to-local ratio is among the highest in the world. Visitor numbers are expected to increase to 3.8 million by 2030, according to Byron Shire Council’s Sustainable Visitor Strategy. At the same time, Byron Shire has one of Australia’s least affordable regional rental housing markets.

Learn more about the impacts of Airbnb on the NSW North Coast.

The view from the coast to Wollumbin

 

Diver surrounded by fish while diving

Diving to decline: science, business and industry working together to save reefs from being loved to death

Tens of thousands of experienced and novice divers and snorkelers from around the globe flock to experience the splendour of the underwater world at prime locations in Vietnam, Malaysia, Australia and the Indonesian archipelago.

Marine tourism has become an economic livelihood which offers employment and broader social opportunities within these and other coastal communities across the Asia-Pacific.

But, as tourism expert Dr Kay Dimmock warns, for marine tourism to be successful there is a need for high-quality marine resources.

"Dive tourism is an important source of income for South-East Asia, but its future depends on the effective management of healthy coral reefs," says Dr Dimmock, Senior Lecturer in tourism in the School of Business and Tourism at Southern Cross University.

Learn about the economic and social impacts of ocean acidification on the dive tourism industry.

When AI meets aged care: using technology to keep the elderly safe

When an elderly relative falls over, help response time is critical. Left untreated, a fall can lead to injuries, health complications or fatalities.

In a world-first, a new Australian-made artificial intelligence-driven fall detection device is expected to be a game-changer. Called HomeGuardian.ai, it monitors the interaction of objects and people within its surroundings and alerts carers or family members if abnormal behaviour occurs.

Learn how artificial intelligence can raise the alarm when the elderly fall over.

Smart device in foreground with blurred elderly couple in background

 


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