Jamaica: Airbnb the next boom business on the island?

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says there is scope for greater expansion of the Airbnb service in Jamaica, which he said earned hosts in Kingston US$2.4 million in 2017.

Based in San Francisco, California in the United States, Airbnb is an online community marketplace for people to list, discover and book unique accommodations around the world, whether an apartment for a night or week or a villa for a month.

Holness, speaking at his quarterly press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Andrew yesterday, informed that Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has been working with the executives of Airbnb to streamline the service in Jamaica to make it seamless, thereby resulting in its continued growth.

Bartlett has said that more and more Jamaicans have been buying into the Airbnb concept, opening up their homes to visitors and earning money as a result.

“This is all a part of Brand Jamaica, and the beauty of the Airbnb solution is that it allows the average Jamaican to participate in the hospitality industry and use Brand Jamaica,” Holness said.



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