St. Maarten and Airbnb sign working agreement | THE DAILY HERALD

From left: Member of the Airbnb Committee for St. Maarten Marco Aalbers, Finance Minister Perry Geerlings, Tourism and Economic Affairs Minister Stuart Johnson, and St. Maarten Tourist Bureau Interim Head May-Ling Chun.

PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten and home sharing giant Airbnb have signed a memorandum of understanding targeted at promoting tourism to the country.

The MOU establishes a “framework of mutual collaboration and cooperation on areas of common interest, including marketing promotion and good faith engagement,” according to the two sides.

Government is pleased to work with Airbnb to take advantage of the opportunity to create a realistic and balanced approach to improving the destination’s room inventory, said Tourism Minister Stuart Johnson.

St. Maarten saw more than 6,200 Airbnb guest arrivals in 2018, according to company data.

The agreement is the 17th of its kind that Airbnb has signed with a Caribbean destination.

“St. Maarten is an important and growing destination for Airbnb. … Our people-to-people platform aligns with St. Maarten’s reputation as ‘The Friendly Island’, economically empowering locals while they showcase all that makes St. Maarten unforgettable,” said Carlos Munoz, Airbnb Campaign Manager for Public Policy and Communications in the Caribbean and Central America.

Source: The Daily Herald