Hotels are Losing War On Holiday Rentals

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.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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.

The hotel industry claims that competition with these new platforms is not being developed on an equal footing. Gustavo Araya, president of the Costa Rican Chamber of Hoteliers, told Elfinanciero: "... 'We have no objection to the platform operating in the country, but we have to operate under the same conditions'." 

See "Panama: Hotels vs. AirBnB War Continues"

"... In tax terms, hosts using Airbnb and other platforms only have to declare income tax. In addition, they have to pay Airbnb 3% of the amount of the reserve as part of the service fee charged by the platform. The hotel sector, meanwhile, pays $450 million a year in income taxes and sales taxes that are specific to the sector."

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