Curaçao signs agreement with Airbnb

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WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao, Jan.19, CMC – The government of Curaçao has signed an agreement with homestay provider Airbnb, becoming the third destination in the Caribbean to do so.
According to Minister of Economic Development, Eugene Rhuggenaath and Finance Minister Kenneth Gijsbertha, who both signed the agreement earlier this week, it will “create a framework” to address issues including taxes, accommodation standards and regulations share aggregate data and support Curaçao’s tourism marketing campaigns.
Airbnb’s representative for the Caribbean and Central America, Shawn Sullivan, said the “agreement with the government of Curaçao is a great example of how governments and the private sector can work together to achieve mutually desired goals. Curaçao is an important and growing market for Airbnb and we are very excited to be working with the government to help grow sustainable tourism to the island.”
Airbnb plays an important role in Curaçao tourism industry, with one thousand listings across the island, and a typical host earns US$4,400 per year. The agreement brings new opportunities to grow Curaçao’s economy and to spawn new jobs with the sharing economy.
“Collaboration is vital determinant of success and competitiveness for both individual tourism entities and destinations alike. Through our collaborative efforts, we can achieve more effective and efficient tourism development and a greater degree of environmental and social-cultural sustainability. Therefore, I am very pleased with the agreement signed today with Airbnb,” Rhuggenaath said.
With this partnership, Airbnb will continue promoting tourism and highlighting Curaçao’s history and culture. The strategy focuses on the diversification of the tourism industry and maintaining a balance with citizens and visitors.

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