British Virgin Islands and Airbnb sign memorandum of understanding

Caribbean: The British Virgin Islands has announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbnb.

A statement read that the partnership “aims to drive local, authentic and sustainable tourism to the islands, democratise the tourism economy and directly benefit Virgin Islanders”.

In the last two years, Airbnb has signed agreements with 16 different destinations around the Caribbean.

Sharon Flax Brutus, director of tourism in the British Virgin Islands, said: “We are pleased to be a formal part of the Airbnb network. We think Airbnb properties present a fabulous opportunity for home share guests to be able to experience authentic British Virgin Islands culture and lifestyle.”

There are currently more than 100 Airbnb hosts listing their properties across the British Virgin Islands.

Carlos Munos, campaign manager for public policy and communications for the Caribbean and Central America, said: “Airbnb is proud to partner with the BVI Tourist Board to diversify the local tourism product through home sharing. This partnership will help to strengthen tourism development, one of the nation’s largest economic sectors, and generate economic opportunity throughout the islands.”