Airbnb plays a significant role in Anguilla’s economy with over 300 listings across the island; a typical host earns US$4,400 per year. Today’s signing of a new agreement with the government brings new opportunities to grow and strengthen the economy overall. Airbnb’s strategy focuses on the balance with Anguillian citizens and tourists, it will keep promoting tourism and will work to highlight Anguilla’s history and culture.
With the signing of a new MoU, Airbnb will work together with Anguilla’s government to increase visitors to the island and create new jobs. Data reported in 2010 by the Anguilla Tourist Board stated that the tourism industry represented over two-fifths (41%) of total employment, and is a major asset to the island’s economy.
The Government of Anguilla (GoA) and Airbnb have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that seeks to promote the island as a premier Caribbean destination, not only for its world-class beaches, crystalline waters, top class resorts and restaurants, but also for the unique experience of being part of Anguilla’s identity, cultural heritage and environment. This partnership will also create a framework that opens a dialogue between the Government of Anguilla and Airbnb to discuss topical industry matters, including marketing and regulation.
On signing the agreement, Anguilla’s Chief Minister and Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Victor Banks said, “The signing of the agreement with Airbnb will have the effect of affording Anguillians of all walks of life an opportunity to be involved in the tourism accommodation sector, giving credence to the oft touted statement: Tourism is Everybody’s Business. Airbnb represents a new trend in the delivery of tourism experiences to a wide range of international and regional travelers and creates a platform to promote Anguilla as a destination of choice for varied and new types of travel experiences.”
According to the Hon, Cardigan Connor, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, “This agreement opens up the lines of communication between the Government and Airbnb, to better meet the needs of visitors on a global scale, and drive the economic impact of tourism across the island. Our goal is to expand our tourism industry, increasing arrivals and enhancing overall tourism revenues.”