With online room booking service AirBnB coming under fire in the physical space in states like New York and some countries in Europe, it’s not surprising that the company is seeking more “friendly” markets.
Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett met with Shawn Sullivan, Airbnb’s executive with responsibility for Public Policy – Latin America and the Caribbean; and Carlos Muñoz, Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Airbnb. The Ministry of Tourism is set to sign a major agreement with Airbnb to augment and drive growth within the tourism industry.
The minister, who made the announcement during a meeting with Airbnb executives at the ministry’s New Kingston offices, is optimistic about the potential impact the agreement will have on community tourism and is eager to finalise a memorandum of understanding to concretise the partnership.
“We are very happy to be partnering with Airbnb and know that it will be mutually beneficial to both entities involved. Once drafted, I know that the agreement will take into account our goal of destination assurance, which ensures our credibility in the marketplace. It will also allow us to utilise analytics across their social platforms. This will be a great tool for us to build a better collective resource management platform for our destination,” said Bartlett.
According to Airbnb’s executive with responsibility for public policy in Latin America and the Caribbean, Shawn Sullivan, the market for Airbnb in Jamaica is rapidly growing and is extremely lucrative. The site currently accounts for 2,300 active hosts and 4,000 active listings in the past year from Jamaica.
Social Media Identified As A Factor In Teenage Suicide
Life Coach Janice Huff is implicating social media as a factor in the increasing rate of suicide among youth in Antigua & Barbuda and the wider world. Huff said the advent of social media has seemingly forced young people to try to fit in despite the challenges they are facing.
“Our lives are like goldfish bowls where everybody is looking on us, and I think that clearly adds immense pressure that some of us have never had before,” she said. According to Huff, young people are being forced, because of social media, to portray an image of themselves that doesn’t exist.
“They are showing off the world as one person, and literally they feel something else completely different inside,” she argued. “The whole point is that there is so much other stress coming into their lives as well now. Yet, they are still hiding behind the Internet, claiming that they are doing okay because that’s how they want to be seen by their friends, peers and parents.”
Huff said young people must be encouraged by adults to “come out of that and say it’s okay to not be okay”.