The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) has called for Jamaicans who provide homestay vacations on the Airbnb platform to pay hotel accommodation tax as is the case in other Caribbean destinations.
President of JHTA Omar Robinson said the Airbnb sector in Jamaica is on an upward trajectory and that some basic standards to include taxation and insurance must be enforced.
Robinson further suggested that the most appropriate form of taxation that should be imposed on the local Airbnb sector is the guest accommodation room tax.
Meanwhile, Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett said the Government will bring the local Airbnb players into the tax net.
Bartlett noted that the level of taxation will not be as it is for companies.
The Airbnb industry housed some 89,000 visitors last year.