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Paradores and Small Inns Encouraged by Airbnb Growth

By on August 10, 2022

Study: Airbnb Contributes to the Creation of 24,000 Jobs Locally

From left: Ángel Terral, Airbnb Country Manager for México, Central America and the Caribbean; PRTC Deputy Director María Margarita López; PRTC Planning and Developing Director Walbert Pabón; and Discover Puerto Rico Public Affairs Director Ricardo Cortés.

Following a recent study by Oxford Economics on the economic impact of properties in Puerto Rico that offer Airbnb’s short-term lodging service, the Puerto Rican Parador and Small Inn Association said it was satisfied with the data published on the operations and benefits of independent accommodations marketed through the digital platform.

The association’s executives said that, although the information published was “carefully selected,” it was “very revealing,” and confirms the need to regulate and supervise short-term rentals. The hospitality trade group also found it positive “to see that independent studies” continue to corroborate the growth and the multimillion-dollar economic impact that tourism is having across the island, headed by the new marketing strategies implemented by the destination’s marketing organization, Discover Puerto Rico, and the government owned Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), which enforces regulations.

The Parador and Small Inn Association spokespeople emphasized they were pleased to see how each new independent study is validating data and recommendations that have been provided over nine years to government agencies, while stressing the importance of registering and monitoring these kinds of lodgings.

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