The initiative to collect taxes in the State of Jalisco for Internet booking sites like Airbnb and Homeaway was approved by Deputies of Jalisco and will move forward to a full vote by State Legislators.
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Jalisco seeks the same agreements reached with online booking sites in Mexico City and Cancun, explained the deputy president of the commission, Rocío Corona.
The rate that will be applied will be 3% of the lodging service, that is, for a payment of $600 pesos the tax will be $18 pesos. Hotels are already obligated to collect and pay this tax.
Airbnb has grown by 160% in number of travelers in Mexico. Our country is the second largest market in Latin America after Brazil. The company has 37 thousand properties distributed throughout the Republic, of which the leading destinations are 8 thousand in Playa del Carmen, 4,400 in Puerto Vallarta and 2,200 in Cancun.
This option is mainly used by young people who want to save money, as they consider that hotels are more expensive. The proposal to tax the accommodations of Airbnb and Homeaway was presented by Citizen Movement deputy Juan Carlos Anguiano, who pointed out that there are complaints from hoteliers as unfair competition.