Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says suggestions that the government has plans to tax Airbnb operators are inaccurate.

Airbnb is an online marketplace which allows people to rent their properties or spare rooms to guests.

In a statement yesterday, Minister Bartlett says he notes recent reports that the government is gearing up to tax this group of small scale Jamaican property owners and operators.

Minister Bartlett says there’re no discussions about taxing local Airbnb providers.

But, the Tourism Minister says there’ve been discussions about a possible ‘administrative charge’ which could be applied to Airbnb which they’d pay over to the government.

Minister Bartlett says this potential administrative charge would have no impact on the bottom line of local operators.

Minister Bartlett says it’s important to note that in December 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Jamaica Tourist Board and Airbnb to establish a framework for cooperation to further boost and diversify Jamaica’s tourism product.