TROPICAL CARIBBEAN paradise Antigua and Barbuda have partnered with online holiday accommodation brand Airbnb with a view to attracting new holidaymakers to the islands.
Airbnb is increasing their market share year on year with their innovative approach to holidaying and the generation of a side income for many of those who regularly use it to rent out their homes to tourists from around the world who pay a fee to stay with them, Bed and Breakfast-style.
The platform seems to have proved popular with most, whilst attracting controversy among those who believe home owners should be taxed automatically for using the service and collecting rent from guests. It has also been criticised for commercialising communities and neighbourhoods with transient passers-through instead of families and residents who stay put and live in properties themselves.
The partnership with Antigua and Barbuda also brings with it a facility whereby hosts can pay taxes through the website.
The island’s Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy Asot Michael said on July 27, 2017, that:
“It is an important step in further strengthening the tourism industry in Antigua and Barbuda by signing this partnership with Airbnb. The tourism and services industry is continually evolving, and Airbnb is the largest game changer in the accommodation sector. By working with them, we will ensure that Antigua and Barbuda are interacting with the full spectrum of visitors.”
Shawn Sullivan, Airbnb’s Public Policy lead for Central America and the Caribbean told Caribbean 360:
“Our joint efforts will highlight the culture, heritage and hospitality of local residents.”