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‘Travel as we knew it is over and it’s never coming back,’ says Airbnb CEO

(Daily Mail) The CEO of Airbnb says that as a result of the coronavirus pandemic 'travel as we knew it is over - and it's never coming back'. Brian Chesky, who co-founded the holiday rental site in 2008, believes that there will be a 'redistribution...

Netflix, Amazon and other digital platforms will be more expensive on August 1

(QCOSTARICA) Either through the provider directly, or card issuers, Netflix, Tinder, Amazon and other cross-border digital services will add the 13% Value Added Tax (VAT) beginning August 1. These are services provided by a provider not domiciled in the country through the Internet or any...

Airbnb predicts that regulation will affect service in Costa Rica

With the  approval in first debate of the Bill to regulate non-traditional hosting, Airbnb believes that the Bill in its current form will affect the service in the country. Non-traditional accommodation (rooms, homes, villas, chalets, and bungalows, among others) will be subject to the 13%...

These are the new rules that will regulate services such as Airbnb

In a matter of months, non-traditional hosting and their intermediation through digital platforms will be regulated by new rules. This is established by a bill - promoted by PUSC legislator Pablo Heriberto Abarca - approved in first debate by the Legislative Assembly last Thursday. The bill,...

Airbnb fears blow to Costa Rican hosts for permit charges

Airbnb fears that the initiative that is making its way through the legislative process to regulate its operation in the country will hit its hosts and discourage them from using the platform in renting out rooms, apartment, villas and houses, that has become, for...

The ‘Netflix Tax’ Will NOT Start On July 1; Amazon To Be Excluded From The VAT

Services such as Uber, Airbnb, and Netflix, among others,  will continue without the 13% Value Added Tax (VAT), according to a report by La Republica, at least while the Ministerio de Hacienda (Ministry of Finance) defines the list of companies to which the tax...

According to proposal, Airbnb would pay 13% VAT

According to PLN legisaltor Roberto Thompson, it is almost a fact that the Airbnb in Costa Rica will pay the 13% Value Added Tax (VAT) that goes into effect on July 1. The legislator commented that the legislative bill is on track and that in...

Suspect In Carla Stefaniak Killing Has Preventive Detention Extended

The suspect, identified by his last names Espinoza Martínez, in the killing Carla Stefaniak will continue at least 3 more months in preventive detention (prison). Espinoza Martínez, 32, was arrested on December 4, 2018, as the only one accused of the murder the Venezuelan-American tourist...

Consensus coming closer on taxing digital economy

(BNamericas) Nearly 130 countries have agreed on a global roadmap proposed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which could lead to an international consensus to level out the taxation of internet giants by the end of 2020. The 129 members of OECD’s...

Costa Rica Consumers Will Have To Pay The VAT On Cross-border Services

Sounds like something very technological. The words 'cross-border services' (servicios transfronterizos in Spanish) in the coming weeks will begin to impact the pockets of consumers in Costa Rica. 'Servicios transfronterizos' is the category by tax authorities that includes services such as Uber, Spotify, YouTube Premium,...

More Women Are Travelling Solo

Recent headlines about the deadly violence inflicted on women traveling alone have raised questions about how the world is greeting the documented rise in female solo travelers and about the role of social media in promoting the idea that far-off lands are easily accessible...

Legislators Looking To Tax Non-Traditional Lodging

The proposed bill to generate security in tourism to avoid repeating what happened in the Airbnb where Carla Stefaniak stayed, where her body was found, is being discussed in the Economic Affairs Committee (Comisión de Asuntos Económicos), where taxing non-traditional lodging like Airbnbs would...

How To Trek 10 Waterfalls Through Costa Rica’s Las Monas Rainforest

Waterfalls and hiking are synonymous with adventure-seekers in Costa Rica. There is no shortage of spectacular displays of crashing waters in the destination. This holds true for the Las Monas Rainforest (named “the monkeys” for the plentiful mammals seen in the area). Airbnb Experiences offers...

Owners of Escazú Airbnb reject direct link with guard suspected of killing tourist

The owners of the Le Mas de Provence, in San Antonio de Escazú, San José, rejected any direct employment relationship with the security guard Bismarck Espinoza Martínez, arrested as a suspect of killing the American - Venezuelan tourist Carla Stefaniak. The assertion was made through...

Four men could have been involved in murder of tourist in Costa Rica, not just the security guard

Up to four people may be involved in the disappearance and the sexually-motivated murder of Carla Stefaniak, not just the security guard, her family says. On a Facebook page that was created during the search for 36-year-old tourist had disappeared in Costa Rica, who had...

“I Stayed in Death Apartment”: Airbnb Guest Tells

Visiting from Florida to celebrate her 36th birthday, Carla Stefaniak decided to spend her last night in a mountaintop villa, Le Mas de Prevence, in San Antonio de Escazú, she rented through Airbnb. It would be her last night alive. Carla went missing on November 27. In the morning...

Acapulco Hotel Owners Unite Against Airbnb with New Tax Bill Countering “Unfair” Competition

Airbnb, the online housing rental service, may be charged a new tax in Mexico’s tourist destination of Acapulco. The Association of Hotels and Tourism Companies there is working on a bill that would charge Airbnb a three-percent tax. The bill will be sent to the...

In booming Old Havana tourist quarter, Trump speech puts Cubans in a bad mood

© Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images A man wearing a T-shirt with a U.S. flag design walks along a street of Havana on June 16, 2017. TODAY CUBA, HAVANA — Cuban families gathered anxiously around their television sets in March 2016 when then-President Barack Obama made his...

Taxation Evaluating Asking The U.S. For Information On Airbnb Hosts in Costa Rica

Although Airbnb has offered to collect the sales tax for transactions made on rentals in Costa Rica through its platform, the Costa Rica tax man is evaluating asking the United States for information on American citizens who are hosts in the country. The Dirección General...

Airbnb Hosted 228,000 Visitors To Costa Rica In The Past 12 Months, 8% Of All Visitor Arrivals

Q COSTA RICA - A tree house, a beachfront condo or a room in Heredia is the choice of some 228,000 visitors to Costa Rica who preferred Airbnb for their accommodation rental in the past 12 months. This number represents 8% of all arrivals in...

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