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The Bureau of Tourism is planning to create a vetting process for the AirBnB with a perspective of maintaining quality and provide better experience to tourists.

AirBnB is an online platform where an individual can list their space to host people and earn money and also book accommodations in other AirBnBs homes.

“We have over a 100 AirBnBs listed in the country and a lot of them haven’t been vetted to see if they are up to the standards in terms of safety,” Director of Tourism Kevin Mesebeluu said.

Mesebeluu said that BOT is currently in the process of inventorying every single AirBnB currently in Palau.

“Once that is done, the accommodation legislation which we are drafting will assist in bringing all AirBnB’s in Palau to minimum standards and we will help them advertise,” Mesebeluu said.

Mesebeluu also expressed that one of the goal is to get AirBnB hosts to register with the BOT.

“Any home that wants to enlist themselves on AirBnB has to go through registration and vetting process,” Mesebeluu said.

He added that the goal is to register every single AirBnB in the country with BOT by Our Oceans Conference 2020.

“I believe we can follow Japans example and create regulations for AirBnB accommodations,” Mesebeluu said. (By Eshan Kalyanikar)