The world’s largest home lodgings platform, Air-BnB is reporting that Jamaica’s earnings from tourists seeking boutique-type accommodations have surpassed $1-billion this year.

Airbnb’s portal was responsible for the bookings.

The disclosure was made by Head of Global Policy and Public Affairs for Air-BnB, Chris Lehane. He was speaking last week to delegates attending the UN World Tourism Organization, UNWTO conference in Montego Bay.

Mr. Lehane says his company’s presence in Jamaica has grown significantly, and generated $1.1-billion in earnings for the island.

Lehane says bookings so far this year have increased to 54-thousand compared to 36-thousand for all of last year.

The Tourism Ministry says the most popular communities for home lodgings include Trench Town, Portmore, Treasure Beach, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.

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