Airbnb security in Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen, to be put to the test

The lodgings offered through digital platforms in Quintana Roo such as Airbnb in Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen will be subject to a security review.

Airbnb security in Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen, to be put to the test
Checking security at Airbnb in Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen. Image by Michael Schwarzenberger from Pixabay

The security measures of approximately 50 thousand accommodations that are offered through digital platforms such as Airbnb in Quintana Roo, will be subjected to review. Special attention will be paid to the state of the electrical wiring to prevent fires, the piping that conducts LP gas, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, evacuation routes in case of risk incidents, signage, and conditions of the structure of the room.

Andrés Gerardo Aguilar Becerril, in charge of the office of the Ministry of Tourism (Sedetur) of Quintana Roo, explained that in the next few days operations will be carried out to review these measures, as well as those of Civil Protection, to guarantee that there is no risk in staying at these sites. He reminded that in the work tables that are being developed, the logistics to be followed are proposed since only those who comply and are granted this permit will be authorized the operating license.

"In the case of Civil Protection, it will be reviewed that they have all the necessary permits to provide a safe service. When we made the last update there were already more than 50 thousand offers through digital platforms, it is not exclusive to Airbnb, there are others such as Booking".

The state official mentioned that one of the demands of the formal tourism sector is the "even floor" for all those who provide this service. That is why this second stage is about to begin, after the first step, which was to identify these places. Now it will be the municipalities themselves who will be in charge of the issuance of such operating permits.

"It is an issue that has been addressed from different areas, the issue of digital platforms has had especially an important progress in the fiscal part, remember that all of them already make the due contributions in terms of VAT and ISR, that according to the regulations at the federal level and the same is happening at the state level through the provisions of the Lodging Tax Law".

Source: SIPSE