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Tourism Ministry seeking to collect taxes from Airbnb users

Published:Friday | June 24, 2016 | 6:56 PM
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says his ministry has already made contact with Airbnb and is making arrangements to collect taxes from persons who use the platform to rent rooms in Jamaica.

The tourism ministry is making arrangements to collect taxes from visitors who book rooms in Jamaica through the Airbnb website.

Property owners worldwide use Airbnb to offer accommodation to tourists who don't wish to use large, traditional hotels.

Airbnb offers more than 1,000 listings across Jamaica.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says his ministry has already made contact with Airbnb and is making arrangements to collect taxes from persons who use the platform to rent rooms in Jamaica.

 

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett

Bartlett says Airbnb allows ordinary Jamaicans to earn from tourism when they rent their homes to tourists.

But he says it is important that Jamaicans offer quality rooms and services to tourists in order to uphold Jamaica's reputation as a good tourist destination.

Bartlett says his ministry will also be partnering with Airbnb to ensure the Jamaican properties listed on the site are of good quality.