Fines For Vacation Rentals in Panama

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.

Friday, September 12, 2014

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.

Jorge Loaiza, president of the Panamanian Association of Hotels (Apatel) told that "... it is fully in accordance with the determination of ATP to stop [this form of] piracy. According to the businessman, the measure protects Panamanians from people posing as tourists who come for other purposes. "

According to the director of Tourism Investment at the ATP Nadgee Bonilla, "... 'there are 11 cases of people fined by the ATP with $5000, plus two cases of repetition of the activity for which they could be fined $10,000.'"

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