SAN JUAN– Digital platforms for temporary accommodations such as Airbnb contribute to the financial as well as tourism advancement through the payment of the 7% accommodations charge accumulated by the Puerto Rico Tourism Co., thus municipalities should not ban them, several government authorities said in a Home hearing Thursday.The Municipal
Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Reinaldo Vargas Rodríguez, is examining House Bill 1644, authored by Rep. Eddie Charbonier Chinea, which seeks to avoid that districts can restrict, prohibit or manage short-term lodging companies.Tourism Co.
Deputy Executive Supervisor Joseph Feldstein del Valle said that, “given that March 2004, the [Tourist Co.] has actually been the entity in charge of the collection of the area tax. Currently, the Airbnb system has reported that it has a supply of 8,300 active residential or commercial properties in Puerto Rico. Between the days of July 2017 and also June 2018, [Tourism Co.] acquired$ 2.8 million in room taxes from Airbnb.”
He included that digital booking systems that operate on the island such as House Away and also Join a Join, paid $472,000 as well as $23,000, respectively, and that the Tourist Co. obtained $2.6 million in area strained from various other similar business.
“In complete, the [Tourist Co.] increased roughly $ 5.9 million in room tax obligation from the temporary accommodations model: Crucial funds to ensure that the [Tourism Co.] can proceed its required to advertise and create the tourist market,” Feldstein del Valle said.However, Vargas Rodríguez revealed uncertainty that districts benefit.”The fact is if it is a business that is producing earnings and is growing, the districts, which offer trash collection solutions, cleaning as well as safety and security with municipal cops where these companies lie, it is necessary they obtain some take advantage of them. Currently absolutely nothing is composed in rock and also we are listening to various opinions,”he said.Meanwhile, minority Popular Democratic Celebration Rep. Roberto Rivera Ruiz de Porras claimed he protested communities disallowing the establishment of these companies in their territories. Nonetheless, he believes they must be managed.