Puerto Vallarta is the latest location to call out Airbnb in an effort to collect taxes from the company. The city is hoping for a law to pass that would offer them a three percent tax of the lodging fees. This could net them $1.9 million per year.
Jalisco’s congressional tourism commission president Juan Carlos Anguiano spoke out about the idea.
“In the municipality of Puerto Vallarta, the tax revenue generated would be approximately $33.2 million pesos, which would represent 30 percent of the annual income obtained by the Fideicomiso de Tourism of Puerto Vallarta in the year 2016. This tax is not new, the 3 percent is paid by hoteliers, but not the web hosting applications such as Airbnb and HomeAway.”
The city has plans to use that money for improving the area to draw in even more tourism. Tourism is currently high in Puerto Vallarta as it is. The hotel occupancy rates saw a six percent increase within the first half of 2017.