Since July 1st, the Airbnb platform has automatically started collecting tourist tax in about 23,000 French cities. France is thus joining more than 400 governments or municipalities with which Airbnb is already collaborating to collect tourist tax. None of them are in Spain.
The collection of the tourist tax on behalf of hosts simplifies the paperwork that hosts would have to face, but also makes it easier for cities to obtain additional income. Many of these cities are sometimes outside the traditional tourist areas and are able to develop public policies that contribute to sustainable tourism thanks to these revenues.
Airbnb wants to work with governments in Spain to make this possible by providing them with the necessary technological tools to facilitate collection of the tourist tax.
The Generalitat de Catalunya has been collecting a tourist tax for years, and our conversation on that topic is still open.. More recently, the Seville City Hall has expressed its interest in introducing this tax for private homes as well. A similar debate is taking place in Madrid… Airbnb wants to work with governments in Spain to make this possible by providing them with the necessary technological tools to facilitate collection.
Airbnb is able to demonstrate its long experience in this field. It is the only home sharing platform that collects tourist tax on behalf of its users. Thanks to agreements with governments around the world, it has raised more than $700 million in tourist taxes (€580 million).
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