Isle of Man properties registering with online accommodation site Airbnb have increased 5 fold in the past year, with over 60 properties now listed on the site.
Angela Byrne, Head of Tourism said:
‘We welcome properties registering on Airbnb. It not only widens our reach with potential visitors around the world but it also expands the offering of accommodation on the Island which is essential during peak seasons.
‘The 2016-2020 Destination Management Plan has outlined target markets that are seeking a diverse selection of accommodation and range of experiences. Airbnb can help highlight these unique travel experiences for our visitors.
‘We are, however, conscious of the need to maintain the expected standards of our visitors. So we need to ensure that Airbnb properties meet certain regulatory requirements and minimum quality standards through registering the property with the Department.
‘It is a possibility that some Airbnb hosts might not be aware that it is an offence to offer unregistered accommodation to visitors. We would urge them to review the site’s responsible hosting page or get in touch with us for more information.’
The latest Isle of Man passenger survey revealed a 6.5% increase in tourist visitors to the Island in 2015, rising to 134,610, the seventh consecutive year of increased leisure visitors. This increase has caused a growing demand for accommodation on the Isle of Man, with the latest accommodation survey statistics showing a 120% increase in 4 and 5 star self-catering properties.
It is a legal requirement for any individuals considering registering any type of property on Airbnb to complete the accommodation registration process with the Department of Economic Development.
Further information can be obtained by contacting the Department’s Tourism team at email@example.com or by telephoning +44 1624 685965 for help and advice.