Airbnb has revealed that the company wants to work with more European countries to automate the collecting and remitting of travellers’ taxes as well as make it easier for more persons to benefit from the travel revolution.
The announcement of Airbnb to work with the other EU Member States comes as the accommodation company has for the first time collected and remitted over €315 million in tourist taxes across the EU, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“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,” Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Communications, Chris Lehane, said.
According to a press release issued by Airbnb, the company began collecting and remitting tourist taxes back in 2019 in Amsterdam. Now, the same has reached agreements with several areas in 15 Member States where tourist tax is applied.
The cities in which Airbnb already collects and remits taxes include Amsterdam, Florence, Lisbon, and Milan.
Based on the data included in the same press release, changing travel trends are helping to disseminate the economics generated by travel on Airbnb more widely across the EU than ever before. During the pre-pandemic period, in 2019, taxes remitted by Airbnb for the top ten EU recipients accounted for the majority of tourists’ taxes remitted in the EU.
However, in 2021 the top ten recipients account for a lower share of tourist taxes remitted in the EU. During the first half of 2021, around 60 per cent of overnight stays in the EU were in less popular destinations, compared to almost 40 per cent of overnight stays during the first six months of 2019.
“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,” Lehane added.
Additionally, to further support the distribution of benefits, Airbnb has issued a collaboration offer for EU countries to secure more tax partnerships for tourists and make tourist taxes simpler. Moreover, the same wants to work with EU governments to secure cross-industry and smart frameworks that apply to the short-term and rental sectors.
Previously, the EU Health Agency advised that everyone refrains from travelling to the majority of EU countries as another COVID-19 wave has been spreading rapidly within the continent.