Hotels Versus Homestays and Renting Condos

According to the Chamber of Costa Rican Hotels, homeowners and private condominiums represent unfair competition in accommodation services for tourists.

Friday, March 22, 2013

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.

Ayub added that the high rates offered by hotels in Costa Rica, are mainly due to increases in electricity, water and wages.

According to the official, the concern has already been exposed to the authorities of the Ministry of Finance.

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Hotel owners are complaining of unfair competition from apartment owners who rent their properties for tourism at low prices.

Hoteliers in Panama believe that competition is not fair because these property owners do not pay tourist tax and work illegally.

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