Curacao Gets Deal with Airbnb

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WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao, Monday January 23, 2017 – has become the third Caribbean destination to sign a deal with homestay network Airbnb.

Following on the heels of Aruba and Jamaica signing agreements late last year, Curaçao officials last week inked a deal that will help promote the island as a world-class vacation destination and create a framework to allow Airbnb and the government to address issues such as taxes, host accommodation standards and regulations, as well as share aggregate data and support Curaçao’s tourism marketing campaigns.

Airbnb’s representative for the Caribbean and Central America Shawn Sullivan said the agreement was “a great example of how governments and the private sector can work together to achieve mutually desired goals”.

“Curaçao is an important, growing market for Airbnb and we are very excited to be working with the Government to help grow sustainable tourism to the island,” he said at the signing.

Airbnb has approximately 1,000 listings from some 600 hosts in Curaçao who typically earn US$4,400 per year, the company said.

Sullivan said Airbnb sees significant growth potential in other key markets, including Barbados, Aruba, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

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