The City of Florence and the global accommodation portal Airbnb have signed an agreement expected to bring 10 million euro annually in taxes.
After months of meetings, on January 26, Florence mayor Dario Nardella officially signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbnb Italia country manager Matteo Stifanelli.
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: ‘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.’
In Florence there are currently 7.500 hosts on Airbnb. The tax will consist of 2.50 euro per person per night paid directly upon booking online, estimated to amount to 10 million euro annually.
The tax will not be applied immediately, however. First, the Tuscan Region will be called upon to institute a law specific to the activity.
This is the first case of Airbnb signing an agreement with a council in Italy.