Airbnb Grows Sharply in Costa Rica

As of July this year, 8 thousand people were registered on the web platform along with 14 thousand rooms available for rent in Costa Rica.

Monday, September 4, 2017

While authorities continue their efforts to consolidate the business by offering to the Ministry of Finance to charge sales tax for transactions made in Costa Rica, the number of Costa Rican rooms and residences available on the website continues to increase, as well as than the number of users within the country.

See: "New attempt to collect taxes on vacation rentals"

"... In May of this year, there were 7,700 people offering the service in the country, but now there are 8,000 and 14,000 rooms, said Shawn Sullivan, Director of Public Policy for Airbnb for Central America and the Caribbean."

See "Airbnb vs. Hotels: Innovate or Perish" reports that "...Approximately 260,000 visitors used Airbnb in Costa Rica between May 2016 and the same month of 2017.  In addition, a typical host rents their property 23 days a year and each host earns on average $2,600 a year. Also, more than 105,000 Costa Ricans used Airbnb in both Costa Rica and abroad as an accommodation option."

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