In Costa Rica the total amount of accommodation available for rent through the web platform Airbnb is now equivalent to 18% of the hotels in the country.
The figure has been confirmed by the union of hoteliers, who say there is now a total of 11,000 homes offering accommodation for tourism through Airbnb.On top of this data there are also residences rented to tourists through other platforms such as Homeaway or VRBO.
Besides trying to formally regulate housing rentals used for tourism, the DGI is planning better controls on the payment of income tax and ITBMS.
The battle between hotels against vacation rentals made via platforms such as Airbnb continues, and so far the only measure taken by the government has been to collect fines of up to $50,000 and a promise to accelerate the process of imposing these sanctions.
The Tourism Authority is proposing tougher actions against casual vacation rentals, raising current fines and reducing the time it takes to impose sanctions.
The draft law which aims to create tougher sanctions for those renting homes to tourists will be presented to cabinet ministers in the coming weeks, according to statements made to Prensa.com by Gustavo Him, administrator of the PanamaTourism Authority.
The campaign against property being rented out for tourism purposes establishes penalties with fines ranging from $5000 to $50,000 for those who promote and commit the crime.
The Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) has opened up a communication channel for businesses and individuals to report cases of houses rented to foreign tourists in the capital, in compliance with Law 80 prohibiting this activity.
A draft anti tax avoidance law to be discussed by the Assembly in Costa Rica clarifies the obligation to pay sales tax on homes rented out for less than a month.
Sales tax on holiday houses rented to tourists is already covered in the General Sales Tax Act, but in practice "... this obligation is often breached by owners," affecting the formal hotel sector, which has to pay the same tax.
The trend of renting out non-hotel accommodation for a few days is global, and it will grow even more in the next 5 years, so regulating it will be a better solution than banning it.
In Central America Panama is the country where the phenomenon of Holiday Rentals shows the highest growth, despite a law prohibiting it. According to an article in Prensa.com, the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) "... has imposed eleven fines of $55,000 for renting out apartments to tourists for periods of less than 45 days."
According to the Chamber of Costa Rican Hotels, homeowners and private condominiums represent unfair competition in accommodation services for tourists.
According to Flora Ayub, director of the Chamber, the cost of staying in a house or condominium is lower than in a hotel, because they do not have to pay for items such as income tax, insurance or patents.
Tourists are renting more and more houses for leisure purposes, competing strongly with the traditional hotel industry.
Vacation rental is defined as the renting of villas, houses, apartments or country estates for a few days or weeks, and is growing fast around the world. Central America is no exception to this phenomenon, which suits especially families or small groups.
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