Mexican hoteliers ask for promotion, Airbnb regulation and trust

April 14, 2019
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This article was written and published in Spanish and has been translated into English via Google Translate. Click here to read the original article.

Luis Barrios, President of the National Association of Hotel Chains, AMCH, has asked the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, to reactivate the financing of tourism promotion and regulation of online hosting platforms, such as Airbnb, and rely on private initiative to carry out government plans.

Barrios stressed that "we ask you not to uncouple us, support us with the necessary resources to anchor and multiply the budget earmarked; we need $125 million to continue with the promotion."

In December 2018, the Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco, announced the disappearance of the Tourism Promotion Council of Mexico, CPTM, and indicated that the resources of the DNR, which were used for publicity tasks, will be used to anchor the Train.

In this sense, the entrepreneurs of the sector have shown their dissatisfaction with this decision, so they are looking for the government to return the resources; about 6,000 million pesos (approximately $317 million), to continue with the promotion abroad.

Barrios also pointed out that with the regulation of platforms such as Airbnb, at least 2,400 million pesos (approximately $222 million) could be collected for VAT.

And it is that 'the hotel sector faces unfair competition from the rent of lodging services', he assured the president of Mexico.

Likewise, the hotel entrepreneur asked López Obrador for confidence in order to carry out the goals set by the government in economic and social matters.

"In tourism, it finds an ally to carry out its social tasks," Barrios said during his speech.

This article was written and published in Spanish and has been translated into English via Google Translate. Click here to read the original article.

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