In order to drive diversified and sustainable tourism to the islands Antigua and Barbuda, Ministry of Tourism, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and Airbnb have signed an agreement.
In Antigua and Barbuda, there are over 500 active listings listed on the Airbnb platform and a typical host has annual earnings of about $5,700. The platform has been consistently collaborating with several governments in the Caribbean, as well as the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, as the region acknowledges the growing importance of home sharing.
“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 Asot Michael, Tourism Minister.
Shawn Sullivan, Public Policy Lead- Central America and Caribbean, Airbnb, said, “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 travellers. Our joint efforts will highlight the culture, heritage and hospitality of local residents.”
The trio will begin a 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.