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Vacation rental regulation pilot project to begin in Cancun

Cancun, Q.R. — With the continual increase in vacation rental apartments and houses, the secretary of state tourism says a plan to regulate them is being sought.

Marisol Vanegas Pérez, la Secretaria de Turismo Quintana Roo explained that vacation rentals being offered through digital platforms have grown exponentially with 25,000 in Playa del Carmen and approximately 20,000 in Cancun. She says these figures represent all vacation rentals including rooms, apartments and houses.

According to the secretary, a regularization program was proposed that will consist of the obligation to process an operating license, Civil Protection consent and be registered with the City Council to generate an even ground between hotels and those who offer vacation rentals through digital platforms such as Airbnb.

“Yes, we have to find a way, but not prevent digital platforms from operating since it is something that will continue to happen, but that both are operating on equal terms. That is why we are proposing the regularization of the digital platforms at the moment,” she explained.

She said that registering ensures that, with regulation, owners of tourist houses or rooms for rent will have to have an operating license, civil protection consent and be registered in the municipality. The pilot program is expected to begin in Cancun.