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Study calls for tax

MARIA BRADSHAW, [email protected]

Study calls for tax

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A DETAILED STUDY into home accommodation vacation rentals by the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA) has just concluded that the subsector should be taxed.

It also recommended that homes listed on websites such as Airbnb be subject to licensing and registration as well as inspection to ensure that they meet minimum health and safety standards.

The study investigated the pros and cons of the tourist accommodation rental platforms but focused on Airbnb, the online marketplace whose success has led to public calls by the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA) for the industry to be regulated.

When contacted about the study, Dr Kerry Hall, chief executive officer of the BTPA, told the Sunday Sun that it was one of many undertaken by the BTPA. (MB) 

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.