Airbnb and Frankfurt am Main reach joint agreement to collect tourism tax via the Airbnb platform

Starting on 1 August 2018, Airbnb will automatically collect the tourism tax from all Frankfurt hosts who rent out their home on the Airbnb platform. Airbnb and Frankfurt am Main have concluded a joint agreement on this.

  • Starting in August, Airbnb will automatically collect the tourism tax from guests
  • Frankfurt is the second city in Germany with an agreement like this
  • This digital procedure makes it easier for Frankfurt hosts and the City administration

Airbnb will automatically collect the tourism tax of €2.00 per night and per person for each booking in Frankfurt a.M. via the Airbnb platform and distribute it to the city. Frankfurt a.M. is the second German city after Dortmund to introduce the automated collection procedure by Airbnb. Airbnb had also offered Berlin and Hamburg such an agreement.

“Home sharing is also very popular with Frankfurt’s citizens, who make some extra money by occasionally renting out their homes to travelers. We are pleased to be able to to make its easier for both the Frankfurt home sharer and the administration through this digital procedure”. Alexander Schwarz, Managing Director of Airbnb Germany

Airbnb works proactively with cities and tourism organisations to support responsible tourism. Airbnb has already made similar agreements with over 400 cities and regions worldwide and in a national cooperation with all French cities. Home sharing revenues help to strengthen cities, provide them with an important source of income for new investments and promote responsible and sustainable tourism.

“Frankfurt is known as an attractive destination. I am pleased that in a constructive dialogue with Airbnb an uncomplicated agreement could be reached for the Frankfurt hosts. We want to further strengthen and support the location as a tourist magnet with the help of the tourism tax. The proceeds will go directly to tourism marketing and the maintenance of tourist infrastructure.” Uwe Becker, Mayor and City Treasurer of the City of Frankfurt am Main


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