As Airbnb turns its attention to Latin America, the often-combative company is taking an unusual approach. It’s giving local governments what they want.
The home and apartment-rental company said it will collect and remit taxes in Mexico City, the first such arrangement in Latin America. Airbnb will provide 3 percent of revenue generated from its hosts’ bookings in Mexico City to the city’s government.
Hotels there also pay a 3 percent lodging tax to local officials. Airbnb said it intends to replicate the tax model throughout the region. Airbnb’s policy efforts are increasingly global. On Thursday, the company announced additional agreements with local governments in China and India.
Latin America is now Airbnb’s fastest-growing market, surpassing Japan. The company has 250,000 properties listed in the region, which encompasses Mexico, South America and parts of the Caribbean, including Cuba. Airbnb said bookings in Latin America have increased 148 percent in the past year. The privately held company declined to disclose revenue.
Airbnb is taking a cordial tact with officials in advance of major conflicts. While it has agreed to report taxes on behalf of its hosts in New York City, San Francisco and other cities, the company has also had long, drawn-out battles with […]