Cancun, Q.R. — Hotel associations say its time for complete regulation on vacation rentals throughout the state noting recent deaths reveal vulnerabilities.
At a press conference held in Cancun, the Hotel Associations of Cancun, (Solidaridad) Riviera Maya and the Center and South of the state along with the Tourism Director of Puerto Morelos, several Directors for State Inspection and Boards of Directors, spoke in favor of complete regulation, both for fiscal and security.
“The unfortunate events that occurred a few months ago in Playa del Carmen with Argentine tourists, and recently in Tulum with the death of the family, reveal how vulnerable we are to these events with a terrible security image.
“It has been demonstrated that not only is the name of the destination vulnerable, but also the life of the people,” he said.
Roberto Cintrón Gómez, president of the Hotel Association of Cancun and Puerto Morelos said that regulation is necessary to ensure fair competition and provide security to those who use these platforms.
He clarified that the regulation is not specifically against the platform, but against the hosts who are the ones who have to comply with these requirements, adding that the goal is to take care of the name of the destination.
Vacation rentals in Quintana Roo should be regulated and thus allow municipalities to collect resources and allocate them in things of benefit to the citizens, since currently, these vacation rentals do not generate any benefit for the community.
He added that even restaurants suffer because people who rent vacation properties prepare their own food and do not spend money eating out.
Cintrón Gómez acknowledged that owners of the platforms, specifically Airbnb , are open to join the regulation, but that the real problem is with the owners of the properties, the hosts, coupled with the lack of political will to modify local regulations that they can be applied properly.