On March 1st, the Municipality of Milan and Airbnb signed an agreement that is simplifying the payment and collection of tourism tax. With the agreement in place, Airbnb will now collect tourist tax on behalf of hosts, and remit it directly to the City when a booking is made through the platform. Milan is now the largest city in Italy to have signed an agreement. The tourist tax is a key policy because the revenue from the tourist tax will be used for tourist services and to restore and maintain cultural assets in Milan.
Milan has always been open to both innovation and home sharing. The hosts had to wait a long time for this agreement that represents a turning point for simplification. It is the outcome of an extensive dialogue carried out with the Municipality, which we truly thank them for and hope to continue working with. We also look forward to getting the opportunity to do the same with the new Regional Council that will soon take office. There are still too many obstacles, in fact, for anyone who is willing to share their home and better promote the territory.
Alessandro Tommasi, Airbnb Italia Public Policy Manager
The agreement states that checkout prices on Airbnb will include tourist tax (€3 per person for a maximum of 14 nights), which will be remitted directly to the City of Milan quarterly.
Thanks to the collaboration with Airbnb, the Municipality can count on the allowances of these fees due. This certification tool means we’re one step ahead in a rapidly developing sector, especially in Milan, a city at risk of serious tax fraud.
Roberto Tasca, Milan’s Councillor for Finance
Milan joins the 340 administrations around the world that Airbnb partners with to collect and remit taxes; so far in Italy Genoa, Bologna, Florence, Palermo and Rimini also have tax agreements in place.
Milan is a destination in rapid growth.
There are 16,000 listings (+15% YoY). Over the last months Airbnb hosts have welcomed 600,000 inbound guests (+ 34%) with an average stay of 3,6 nights. Over the last 12 months the typical host has shared his or her home for 35 nights a year and gained €2,000 in the process.