Asonahores “cries out” for regulation of digital short rental platforms

The Dominican Republic has 106,990 rooms distributed in 43,302 Airbnb properties as of August 2023.

According to data from the Tourism Development Council (Confotur) of the Ministry of Tourism (Mitur), prices vary depending on the area. In Verón-Punta Cana, the price is US$252 per day, in La Romana it is US$640 and in Las Terrenas, Samaná, it is US$197.

Therefore, the president of the Association of Hotels and Tourism (Asonahores), David Llibre, assured that the main challenge for the Dominican tourism sector is the regulation of digital platforms.

“We have challenges and opportunities in our tourism industry, however, we clamor for the regulation of digital short rental platforms so that it is a fair competition between hotels and property owners,” he said.

He explained that “other destinations such as Jarabacoa with US$115, Guayacanes with US$102, Cabarete with US$138 and Sosúa with US$187. The most affordable prices are in Santo Domingo that vary between US$34 and US$54, in Santiago about US$46. We understand that real estate tourism will depend on supply and demand and the need of each client who chooses a property according to their budget, but there are cases that the same place a room has more than US$100 difference”.

According to Llibre, the tourism industry must watch and analyze where it is going in the coming years, to create the basis to face the challenges and be resilient.

“We have to provide tourists with the security that when renting a property it is not a roulette wheel, but that through regulation there is some control,” he said, according to El Dinero.

The executive made these statements during his participation in the panel “Beyond sun and beach” at the Economic and Legal Impact of Real Estate Tourism congress of the Dominican Association of Tourism Companies (ADETI).

Source: Arecoa

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