Airbnb will start paying taxes in Quintana RooBy Elliot Bullman
The most visited tourist destinations in Mexico are in the state of Quintana Roo, where renting houses and apartments on the Airbnb platform has become an alternative to hotels for thousands of tourists.
After the nonconformities of the hoteliers in Quintana Roo for the operation of the platform, Airbnb will now have to pay 3% in taxes. This charge could begin to be levied on October 1, 2017, the company said in a statement.
The presence in Quintana Roo of Airbnb, which connects homeowners with potential guests, has upset local hoteliers who accused the company of "unfair competition."
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Jorge Francisco Alemán, president of the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals in Cancun, says that the main concern is that the platform offers housing at much lower costs, causing a distortion in the market.
And the other issue is that there are many Airbnb users in Quintana Roo. In 2016, 271 thousand people were accommodated in Airbnb establishments, 131% up from 2015. For the accommodations, the average annual income per host was 75 thousand 200 pesos.
Cozumel is the most visited destination in the world by international tourists arriving via cruise ships, with 3.6 million passengers so far in 2017, while Cancun is the favorite destination for Mexicans to vacation.
"Through this agreement, the state of Quintana Roo recognizes the importance of shared hosting in the development of local tourism and Airbnb reinforces its position of working with governments to find solutions that promote responsible shared hosting," the company reported in a statement.
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