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Barbados can no longer ignore contribution of Airbnb, its Housing Minister warns

Barbadian businessman and Minister of Housing Denis Kellman is warning his Government it can no longer ignore the importance of the increasingly lucrative online marketplace, Airbnb, to the country's economy.  
    
Kellman said a disservice was being done to the economy by not measuring the contribution, the home-stay programme was making to gross domestic product.  
    
He said Airbnb is something the Government cannot ignore because it has always been pushing community tourism.  
    
The global accommodation facilitator has said that some 1,100 Barbadian homeowners had listed their properties on its website, each earning an average of US$39,000 a year.



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