WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO - The Curacao Tourism Development Foundation renewed a significant agreement with Airbnb to promote Curacao 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 Curacao’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. Curacao 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 Curacao 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 Curacao’s economy.
"We are pleased to continue to work with the Curacao Tourist Board to help grow the tourism industry by promoting healthy travel that directly benefits Curacaoans," 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 Curacao, a world-class destination, by highlighting the rich culture and unique experiences available to visitors through home sharing.”
Airbnb democratizes travel in Curacao 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 Curacao 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 Curacao benefit from the economic empowerment Airbnb provides through home sharing. Curacaoan 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 Curacao.