Airbnb and Curaçao sign tourism agreement
WILLEMSTAD – Today, Curaçao’s Minister of Economic Development, Eugene Rhuggenaath and the Minister of Finance, Kenneth Gijsbertha, on behalf of the government, signed an important agreement with Airbnb that will help to promote Curaçao as world-class tourist destination. This partnership will also create a framework that will allow the Government of Curaçao and Airbnb to address issues such as taxes, host 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, stated “today’s agreement with the Government of Curacao is a great example of how governments and the private sector can work together to achieve mutually desired goals. Curacao 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 $4,400 USD per year. Today’s 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.” said Eugene Rhuggenaath, Minister of Economic Development of Curaçao.
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 Curaçao citizens and tourism.