Key Takeaways

  • Airbnb has remitted over $4bn in tourist taxes globally.
  • Changing travel trends mean EU stays and taxes remitted are distributed more widely across the EU than ever before.
  • Airbnb wants to collaborate with more authorities to make tourist tax simple for everyone.
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Airbnb has today said that it wants to work with more EU Member States and tax authorities to automate the collecting and remitting of tourist taxes, making it easier for more European communities and authorities to benefit from the travel revolution on Airbnb. The announcement comes as Airbnb highlights today for the first time that it has collected and remitted more than €315 million ($365 million) in tourist taxes across the EU, and follows news that Airbnb has collected and remitted more than $4 billion in tourist taxes globally.

Travel on Airbnb can often be subject to tourist tax and collaborations with authorities across the EU make the process simple for everyone by automating the collecting and remitting of tourist taxes from guests on behalf of hosts. Airbnb first began collecting and remitting tourist taxes in the EU in Amsterdam in 2014 and now has agreements with cities and regions in 15 out of 18 EU Member States where tourist tax is applied, including Amsterdam, Florence, Lisbon and Milan, and generalised collection in France that covers more than 29,000 cities.

Changing travel trends and the dispersal of tourism are helping distribute the economics generated by travel on Airbnb – including tourist taxes – more widely across the EU than ever before. In 2019, the top ten EU recipients of tourist taxes remitted by Airbnb accounted for the majority of all tourist taxes remitted in the region, but in 2021 the top 10 recipients account for a significantly lower share of all tourist taxes remitted by Airbnb in the EU. Almost 60 percent of overnight stays in the EU in the first half of 2021 were in less populated areas, compared to nearly 40 percent of overnight stays in the first half of 2019. Top markets for 2021 globally include Sicily, Var, Pyrenees Atlantique, and Vaucluse. There were more nights stayed in Costa Blanca than in Madrid, more in the Algarve than in Lisbon.

To further support the redistribution of benefits generated by changing travel trends, Airbnb has today issued a collaboration offer across the EU in the hope of securing more comprehensive tourist tax partnerships to make tourist tax simple for more Europeans and tax authorities. Airbnb also pledges to continue to lead the industry on working with governments across Europe to secure smart, cross-industry frameworks that apply to the entire short-term rental sector.

“Tourism is one of Europe’s greatest natural resources and Airbnb helps local families, communities and authorities keep the economics that generates for themselves. Our collaborations in Europe have already automated the collecting and remitting of over €315 million in EU tourist tax revenues. As the travel revolution on Airbnb helps disperse the benefits of travel to more people than ever before, we want to work with more governments and tax authorities to help make tax simple for more Europeans and European tax authorities.”

Chris Lehane, Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Communications

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Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to over 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals across over 220 countries and regions. Travel on Airbnb keeps more of the financial benefits of tourism with the people and places that make it happen. Airbnb has generated billions of dollars in earnings for Hosts, most of whom are individuals listing the homes in which they live. Among Hosts who report their gender, more than half are women, and one in five employed Hosts are either teachers or healthcare workers. Travel on Airbnb also has generated more than $4 billion in tax revenue around the world. Airbnb has helped advance more than 1,000 regulatory frameworks for short-term rentals, including in 80% of our top 200 geographies. In late 2020, to support our continued expansion and diversification, we launched the City Portal to provide governments with a one-stop shop that supports data sharing and compliance with local registration rules. We continue to invest in innovations and tools to support our ongoing work with governments around the world to advance travel that best serves communities.

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Airbnb.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in times of crisis around the world. Airbnb.org operates independently and leverages Airbnb, Inc."s technology, services, and other resources at no charge to carry out Airbnb.org"s charitable purpose. The inspiration for Airbnb.org began in 2012 with a single host named Shell who opened up her home to people impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This sparked a movement and marked the beginning of a program that allows Hosts on Airbnb to provide stays for people in times of need. Since then, the program has evolved to focus on emergency response and to help provide stays to evacuees, relief workers, refugees, asylum seekers, and frontline workers fighting the spread of COVID-19. Since then, Hosts have offered to open up their homes and helped provide accommodations to 100,000 people in times of need. Airbnb.org is a separate and independent entity from Airbnb, Inc. Airbnb, Inc. does not charge service fees for Airbnb.org supported stays on its platform.

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