Dominica is the latest Caribbean destination to tap the global reach of Airbnb to boost tourist arrivals.
Discover Dominica Authority and Airbnb signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the destination and home sharing.
Airbnb has several hundred listings in Dominica with hosts earning an average $1,500 a year.
About 2,000 travelers stayed in Airbnbs in Dominica over the last year to July 2018.
The average length of stay was four days, which is above the regional average.
“The shared economy space allows hundreds of Dominicans to supplement their income while providing diversification in the Dominica experience to visiting guests. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with Airbnb,” said Colin Piper, director of tourism and CEO of the Discover Dominica Authority.
Airbnb has now inked collaboration or voluntary tax collection agreements with 14 countries in the region.
The home sharing platform has also signed a regional agreement with the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
“We look forward to working with the Discover Dominica Authority to help drive tourism. Our platform helps to increase the number of tourists who visit Dominica, and diversify Dominica’s tourism sector, bringing guests to areas that have not traditionally benefited from tourism,” said Carlos Munoz, Airbnb campaign manager, public policy and communications for the Caribbean and Central America.