Progress on Airbnb tax

Memorandum signed

Editorial Staff
January 27, 2016 - 10:15

In a first for Italy, global accommodation portal Airbnb has signed an agreement with the City of Florence to charge a tourism tax.

 

After months of meetings, on January 26, Florence mayor Dario Nardella and Airbnb Italia country manager Matteo Stifanelli signed a memorandum of understanding to introduce the tax, which has the potential to bring the city 10 million euro annually.

 

For the tax to go into effect, however, the Tuscan Region must institute a law specific to the activity.

 

If approved, the tax will be 2.50 euro per person per night, to be paid directly upon booking online. Florence currently counts 7,500 Airbnb hosts.

 

In announcing the agreement, Nardella commented, ‘At last we have the tools that, on one hand, allow us to foresee a higher income and, on the other hand, to have an advanced platform with which to monitor the city.’ He continued, ‘The agreement takes into account sustainability, tourism and the challenge of legality so that all the operators in this sector are treated in the same way.’

 

Stifanelli said, ‘This is just the beginning of a collaboration that will see Airbnb quickly committed to supporting the city on issues such as the decentralization and promotion of sustainable tourism.’

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