PRESS RELEASE: Antigua and Barbuda sign agreement with Airbnb

Press release

Above Left: Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy, Asot Michael and Airbnb Public Policy lead for Central America and Caribbean, Shawn Sullivan. Above Right: Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Director of Tourism, Canada, Colin Skerritt, Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Walton Aubrey Webson, Minister Michael, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Director of Tourism, US, Kim Jack Riley, Mr. Sullivan, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, CEO, Colin James.

Today, the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and Airbnb signed an agreement to help drive diversified and sustainable tourism to the islands and begin dialogue about a framework for taxation on accommodation.

This is intended to assist hosts to be able to pay accommodation taxes through the platform and contribute with their local community and government, as has been the case in over 275 jurisdictions around the world.

The platform has been consistently collaborating with several Governments in the Caribbean, as well as the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), as the region acknowledges the growing importance of home sharing in the local economy and for residents to participate in the bounty of tourism.

“Today 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 is interacting with the full spectrum of visitors,” said the Honorable Asot A. Michael, Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy at the signing.

“We are proud to work with Antigua and Barbuda to assist in the creation of new economic opportunities for the local economy and offer genuine experiences for travelers. Our joint efforts will highlight the culture, heritage and hospitality of local residents,” said Shawn Sullivan, Airbnb’s Public Policy lead for Central America and the Caribbean.

In Antigua and Barbuda, there are over 500 active listings listed on the Airbnb platform and a typical host has annual earnings of about USD $ 5,700. The number of guest arrivals to the islands in the last 12 months has grown by 53%, and groups tend to stay about six nights.

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2 comments

  1. Ours coming soon. This is in response to the ramblings from greedy hotel magnates like butch Stewart who has complained bitterly and unfairly that airbnb is cutting his revenues. Those are different travellers and is a different market which helps locals to earn income to supplement their lives. Watch and see our beleaguered and copy cat PM do the same before 2017 is ended.

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  2. Well Wel Well

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