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Airbnb and IDB form an alliance to promote sustainable tourism in Latin America

By Silvia Castro Betancourt 0 Comments NEWS, Regional News
With the objective of promoting the sustainable development of Latin America and the Caribbean, Airbnb signed a regional Memorandum of Understanding with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
As part of this long-term agreement, Airbnb and the IDB will study the impact that the practice of people sharing their home has on local communities, exchanging aggregate Airbnb information regularly, as well as information on travel trends throughout the year in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Additionally, Airbnb and IDB will share the organization of forums for the discussion and analysis of policies on the shared economy and other innovative models in sectors such as tourism, as well as their impact in the countries of the region.
"Tourism is an important source of employment and growth in Latin America and the Caribbean. We will continue working to promote sustainable tourism, to foster an inclusive digital economy and to explore applications of a shared economy that improves lives through this alliance with Airbnb," concluded Bernardo Guillamon, Manager of the IDB's Office of Strategic Alliances.
"We have worked together with the governments of Latin America for years and this agreement strengthens our commitment to be good neighbors within the region. We have already seen the positive economic impact that shared households have on the host communities and we are very happy to partner with the IDB to advance the study of the impact that this practice has on the development of Latin America and the Caribbean and its contribution to the development of emerging tourism destinations," stated Bruno Lewicki, Regional Director of Public Policies of Airbnb during the signing of the agreement.
The Airbnb platform has given an unprecedented scale to the possibility that people can share their home in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the world, and has helped to display authentic experiences, usually outside traditional tourist circuits, allowing travelers live, eat, sleep and experience the cities as a local, as well as giving communities the opportunity to share the benefits of tourism.
The above article was written and published in Spanish and has been translated into English. Click here to read the original article.

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