Willemstad, Curaçao, 12 of February, 2019 – Today, the Curaçao Tourism Development Foundation renewed a significant agreement with Airbnb to promote Curaçao as a leading tourist destination and cooperate in areas of common interest.
The agreement further cements the mutual partnership to generate sustainable economic growth of Curaçao’s tourism industry through home sharing.
“Airbnb is an unrivaled global community of hosts and guests that has created a whole new way to travel and experience a destination. Curaçao is pleased to deepen our partnership with the platform and amplify our tourism product while empowering our citizens,” stated Paul Pennicook, CEO of the Curacao Tourist Board.
The home sharing community in Curaçao is a growing component of the local tourism industry and an important asset to the island’s wealth. With more than 1,900 listings throughout the country, Airbnb plays a significant role in Curaçao’s economy.
“We are pleased to continue to work with the Curaçao Tourist Board to help grow the tourism industry by promoting healthy travel that directly benefits Curaçaoans,” stated Carlos Munoz, Airbnb Campaign Manager, Public Policy and Communications for the Caribbean and Central America. “Our strong partnership aims to further shine a light on Curaçao, a world-class destination, by highlighting the rich culture and unique experiences available to visitors through home sharing.”
Airbnb democratizes travel in Curaçao by making it more affordable and accessible and connecting global travelers to local communities where they can “live as a local.”
In 2018, Airbnb hosts in Curaçao welcomed approximately 23,300 guests with an average trip length of about 8 days, significantly longer than the average stay in other places throughout the Caribbean.
More than 950 hosts in Curaçao benefit from the economic empowerment Airbnb provides through home sharing. Curaçaoan hosts are a diverse group; fifty-seven percent of hosts are female and seventy-five percent of hosts are between the ages of 30 and 59.
Looking forward, Airbnb plans to continue to collaborate to diversify, democratize, and expand the ever-important tourism industry in Curaçao.
With its strong partnership with the CTO, Airbnb is steadily working to drive tourism to the region and expand economic opportunity by promoting authentic travel throughout the Caribbean.