Ecuador wants to regulate short-stay housing options

The “Regulation of Accommodation in Real Estate for Tourist Use in Ecuador, except in Galapagos,” developed by the Ministry of Tourism, generates concern for several groups, including a temporary accommodation association. In the regulation, the ministry intends to regulate accommodations and provide a series of “obligations and rights for both hosts and users” of accommodations booked through online platforms such as AirBnB. In response to the proposed regulation, AirBnB  has has expressed concern to the Ministry and described the regulation as a ‘prohibitive’ measure that could prevent Ecuadorian hosts from opening their doors to receive guests. “This being a prohibitive measure that…

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