Airbnb hosts ‘should pay’
A REGIONAL TOURISM expert is siding with those people who feel providers of visitor accommodation in Barbados through agencies such as Airbnb should be taxed.
Former Bahamas Minister of Tourism Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, an internationally distinguished expert in travel, tourism and hospitality, expressed that view recently.
“When the government is going to be bringing in additional airlift to the destination and have to guarantee that airlift, the people who are benefiting from that airlift ought to be contributing to that airlift and one of the ways to do that is through the payment of taxes.”
Vanderpool-Wallace who now heads Bedford Baker Group, the company of professional advisors he founded, was responding to a question about the stance taken by the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA) that Airbnb hosts in Barbados should be taxed. (GC)
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