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The Government of Anguilla and Airbnb Sign Tourism Agreement

THE VALLEY, Anguilla, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 travellers and creates a platform to promote Anguilla as a destination of choice for varied and new types of travel experiences."  

With this partnership, Airbnb will work together with Anguilla's government to increase visitors to the island and create new jobs. Data reported in 2010 by the ATB stated that the tourism industry represented over two-fifths (41%) of total employment, and is a major asset to the island's economy.

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."  

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 agreement 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.

For more information on Anguilla please visit the official website of the Anguilla Tourist Board: www.IvisitAnguilla.com; and follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/AnguillaOfficial; Instagram: @Anguilla_Tourism; Twitter: @Anguilla_Trsm, Hashtag: #MyAnguilla .

About Airbnb

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 65,000 cities and more than 191 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

About Anguilla

Tucked away in the northern Caribbean, Anguilla is a shy beauty with a warm smile. A slender length of coral and limestone fringed with green, the island is ringed with 33 beaches, considered by savvy travelers and top travel magazines, to be the most beautiful in the world.

Anguilla lies just off the beaten path, so it has retained a charming character and exclusivity. Yet because it can be conveniently reached from two major gateways: St Martin and Puerto Rico, and by private air, it's a hop and a skip away.

Romance? Barefoot elegance? Unfussy chic? And untrammeled bliss?
Anguilla is the answer.

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