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18 December 2018 - 11:35am

Airbnb continues to deepen its roots in the Caribbean, signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the British Virgin Islands (BVI) to collaborate on areas of common interest. This strategic partnership aims to drive local, authentic, and sustainable tourism to the islands, democratize the tourism economy, and directly benefit Virgin Islanders.

The British Virgin Islands is the latest Caribbean destination to formalize an agreement with Airbnb, with  16 collaboration or voluntary tax collection agreements signed within the last two years.

Commenting on the signing of the agreement, the British Virgin Islands’ Director of Tourism Mrs. Sharon Flax Brutus said, “We are pleased to be a formal part of the Airbnb network. We think Airbnb properties present a fabulous opportunity for home share guests to be able to experience authentic British Virgin Islands culture and lifestyle.”

Airbnb plays an increasingly important role in BVI’s tourism sector with over 100 hosts throughout the archipelagic nation earning substantial annual receipts. This income helps support families and strengthen the local economy.

“Airbnb is proud to partner with the BVI Tourist Board to diversify the local tourism product through home sharing,” stated Carlos Munoz, Campaign Manager, Public Policy and Communications for the Caribbean and Central America. “This partnership will help to strengthen tourism development, one of the nation’s largest economic sectors, and generate economic opportunity throughout the islands.”

Over 2,000 guests booked accommodation through Airbnb between July 2017 and July

2018, with an average stay of four days. The income generated by these visits stays in the local economy, helping Virgin Islanders rebuild after the catastrophic 2017 hurricane season that crippled the islands and accounted for more than $3.6 billion in damages.

Supporting communities during tough times is a commitment Airbnb has made and kept in  countries throughout the region. Through this partnership with BVI, Airbnb will explore providing support through multiple initiatives, including Airbnb’s Open Homes Program.

As for the future of tourism in BVI, this strategic partnership between Airbnb and BVI provides an enormous opportunity to expand the economic, cultural and environmental value that the tourism sector can bring.

Airbnb will continue to collaborate with governments in the region to support healthy tourism growth through destination marketing and inclusive, sustainable tourism initiatives that democratize the tourism product and empower locals.

Author

Keith Dawson

Marketing Manager
BVI Tourist Board
Tel: 284 440-8281
kdawson@bvitourism.com
 

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