Regretfully, we have learned that the City of Vienna has prematurely broken off negotiations on the automated collection of local taxes via our platform. With a corresponding agreement, Airbnb would have automatically collected the tourism tax from the guest when booking and paid it to the City of Vienna. This would have meant less administrative work for both our host community and the city.
Back in 2016, we offered to collect the tourism levy on behalf of our hosts in the City of Vienna. Immediately after the change of the Tourism Promotion Act we renewed said offer, and were in constructive negotiations for months. Therefore, we cannot understand the sudden termination of these negotiations. All the differences that the City of Vienna cited as reasons for the termination are bridgeable ones for Airbnb. We have communicated this to the city administration.
We will therefore continue our efforts to resume negotiations and bring them to a successful conclusion. Airbnb is convinced that a low-threshold and unbureaucratic solution will benefit both the City of Vienna and you, our host community. Such agreements with Airbnb already work in more than 400 cities and regions worldwide. In German-speaking countries, agreements exist in Germany with Frankfurt and Dortmund, as well as in the Swiss cantons of Zurich, Zug, Basel and Basel-Land. In France, a national solution was even created with which we centrally collect the tourism levy for 23,000 municipalities.
Against this background and the positive experience we have already gained, we have offered the City of Vienna the opportunity to return to the negotiating table. We hope that the City Council will be persuaded to undertake talks with us to jointly find a successful conclusion. Of course we will inform you as soon as there is a new decision. Here you can find more information about the current legal situation in Vienna. In the meantime, you are also welcome to contact [email protected].