The guest tax agreement between Airbnb and Baselland Tourismus will come into force on 1 April 2018. Airbnb will begin to automatically collect guest tax on behalf of hosts from all guests booking accommodation via the Airbnb platform in Canton Basel-Landschaft and pay it to Baselland Tourism. With this digital solution, Airbnb wants to reduce the administrative effort for Baselland Tourism and the hosts in Canton Basel-Landschaft.
By paying the obligatory guest tax of CHF 3.50 per night, guests are entitled to a Mobility Ticket for the duration of their stay – an unlimited ticket in the Northwestern Switzerland Tariff Association – and a guest pass, which gives them greatly reduced access to around 50 leisure and tourism facilities. Guest tax revenues are also used to promote the development of the tourist offer in a targeted manner. Since the introduction of the guest tax in 2014, more than 40 projects have already been created.
Alexander Schwarz, General Manager Airbnb Germany, Austria and Switzerland, says:
“We are delighted that we can now also support the hosts in the Canton of Basel-Landschaft by collecting the guest tax. We want to help the Swiss tourism sector benefit from the opportunities offered by digitisation, working closely with decision-makers and tourism organisations in the cantons and at federal level”.
Tobias Eggimann, Managing Director Baselland Tourism:
“We are very excited about our partnership with Airbnb. This digital solution ensures the efficient collection of taxes from all guests. Airbnb gives our hosts the opportunity to welcome international guests looking to stay with local people. A progressive approach to people’s changing travel behaviour benefits not only the hosts, but also our local economy and tourist infrastructure”.
Most hosts on Airbnb are home sharers, meaning private individuals who rent individual rooms in their homes or occasionally the entire apartment to guests from all over the world when they are on business trips or on holiday. Providers of traditional hospitality industry accommodation, such as medium-sized hotels and bed & breakfasts also use Airbnb as an additional marketing platform. In 2017, Airbnb recorded 3,700 guest arrivals in Basel-Landschaft. Conversely, 22,700 trips from the canton to the whole world were booked via Airbnb.
Basel-Landschaft is the second Swiss canton in which Airbnb automatically collects the guest tax from guests via the Airbnb platform. Such an agreement has already existed with Zug Tourism since 1 July 2017. Airbnb has already reached an agreement with over 340 cities and regions worldwide on the automated collection and distribution of accommodation levies. In Switzerland, Airbnb is in dialogue with other cantons on similar agreements.