Cancun, Q.R. — The state of Quintana Roo is the second in Mexico to regulate Airbnb, the popular online hospitality reservation service platform.
State authorities and executives of the company Airbnb are scheduled to sign an agreement that will see Airbnb regulated in the state of Quintana Roo. The agreement will represent the 6,200 hosts or more than 10,000 rooms offered by the company throughout the state.
As part of the regulation, Airbnb has agreed to pay a 3 percent state lodging tax that will take effect October 1, 2017.
In Riviera Maya, there are approximately 6,000 places currently offered tax free by homeowners. In Cancun and Isla Mujeres, there are another combined 4,000. In total, state authorities figure 270,000 tourists stay at Airbnb faciliteis each year in the state of Quintana Roo for an average of five nights in groups of three.
The agreement is the second to be achieved Mexico after Mexico City, however, Airbnb in Jalisco, Baja California and Nuevo Leon are expecting to do the same in coming weeks. Globally, Airbnb has signed 300 tax collection agreements.