Airbnb hosting platform would be willing to work with the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR) to draft a law that would allow the country to formalize and regulate collaborative economy businesses.
This was stated by Shawn Sullivan, Airbnb’s Director of Public Policy for Central America and the Caribbean, in a meeting with Pablo Heriberto Abarca, president of CANATUR.
Sullivan also expressed its willingness to implement mechanisms within its platform to facilitate the Government’s collection of sales tax to Airbnb hosts, in less than 30-day rentals.
CANATUR is working on another tax bill, which wants this type of business to pay 13% of sales tax and an additional 5% that would be used to strengthen national parks.
The 5% charge will be made only to those Airbnb hosts who do not have the Tourist Declaration issued by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT).