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Study reveals large increase of Airbnb rooms in Cancun

Cancun, Q.R. — A new reports shows that vacation rental units in Cancun has increased by nearly 3,000 rooms over the past year.

A study by the Universidad del Caribe shows that between May 2017 and April 2018, rooms offered through Airbnb rose from 6,378 to 9,207, an increase of 2,829 rooms. The report also shows that the platform is most utilized by foreign travelers.

Over that time span, they report 114,737 tourists rented private homes for their vacations with 97,882 being from other countries and the balance, Mexican nationals paying an average of $90.39 USD per night.

The months of highest demand include December and January followed by July and August and then the March-April spring break period. In March of this year, for example, they report a total of 66,782 nights were reserved in private homes, which generated an income for the hosts in the amount of $7.9 million USD.

The study surveyed hosts, who the report says, agree with paying an equal hotel tax but a majority did not agree with the implementation of other regulatory measures such as a tourist registry, however, a few did say they don’t mind to see it as a business.

The secretary of state tourism, Marisol Vanegas Perez, said the results are strong and comprehensive regulation is necessary before the growth of the platform, which ranges from the collection of taxes to the delimitation of areas in the center of the city where its operation is allowed.

Elsa Miriam Cortés Franco, executive president of the Association of Vacation Clubs of Quintana Roo, said that the impact of Airbnb is being seen in hotel occupancy levels.