NASSAU, BAHAMAS — In a bid to protect Bahamian businesses, Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper has issued a stern warning to homeowners against unlicensed boat and car rentals via foreign Airbnb hosts, spotlighting violations in Eleuthera and Exuma.

“I want to send a stern warning to homeowners who conduct unlicensed boat and car rentals by foreign Airbnb hosts, particularly in Family Islands like Eleuthera and Exuma – We are open for business and open to investors but please do it the right way and participate in sectors that are open,” Cooper emphasized during his 2024/2025 budget debate contribution.

He emphasized the importance of conducting business legally and supporting local enterprises.

“We increased penalties for these infractions in the last budget period to protect our local businesses and ensure fair competition,” said Cooper.

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