Thursday 19 September, 2019

No tax on Airbnb, just an ‘administrative charge’, says Bartlett

Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett (centre), on August 24, 2017, presents members of the Airbnb executive leadership team with Usain Bolt-branded T-shirts following a strategic meeting at Airbnb Headquarters in San Francisco, California. The Jamaicans sharing in the moment are the Ministry of Tourism’s Senior Advisor/ Strategist, Delano Seiveright (left); and Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Los Angeles, Lorna Mae Johnson (third right).

Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett (centre), on August 24, 2017, presents members of the Airbnb executive leadership team with Usain Bolt-branded T-shirts following a strategic meeting at Airbnb Headquarters in San Francisco, California. The Jamaicans sharing in the moment are the Ministry of Tourism’s Senior Advisor/ Strategist, Delano Seiveright (left); and Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Los Angeles, Lorna Mae Johnson (third right).

Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett is reiterating that there are no discussions being held about taxing local Airbnb providers.

Airbnb is an online marketplace which allows people to rent their properties or spare rooms to guests.

The response from Bartlett follows recent reports that the Government is gearing up to tax the group of small-scale Jamaican property owners or operators.

Bartlett has, however, indicated that there have been discussions about an ‘administrative charge’ to be applied to Airbnb, which will be paid to the Government. He said this should have no impact on the bottom-line of the local operators.

Additionally, the charge will go towards helping the small tourism players through the marketing of their services and enhance destination assurance across the board, said the minister.

In December 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the Jamaica Tourist Board and Airbnb to establish a framework for co-operation to further boost and diversify Jamaica’s tourism product.

Bartlett, along with other local tourism officials, met with the leadership team of Airbnb in August 2017 at their San Francisco, California headquarters.

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