This is good news for communities. The tourist tax collected and paid by Airbnb increased by 25% in one year compared to 2022. In total, 187 million euros were paid by the rental platform to more than 24,500 municipalities.
Among the winning cities are, unsurprisingly, the largest, which “continue to benefit from the return of international travel and major events”, underlines Airbnb. Paris, for example, received more than 31.7 million euros, compared to more than 24.2 million euros in 2022. Same observation in Bordeaux, with more than 1.5 million euros in 2023, compared to 1, 3 million euros in 2022. The city of Toulouse also recorded an increase of 400,000 euros from one year to the next.
Small communities also benefit from their share of the pie. There are 250 of them who have received more than 100,000 euros, like La Bresse in the Vosges, Berck in Pas-de-Calais or Mont-Dore in Puy-de-Dôme. Note that half of these towns have fewer than 20,000 inhabitants. In all, “more than 1,600 new municipalities have received an amount of tourist tax for 2023,” details Airbnb in a press release. For the company, this is explained by “the evolution of travel habits since the pandemic and the provision of new tools by the platform in order to stimulate the dispersion of tourism”.
“This [financial] windfall for communities is the result of the exceptional welcome offered by our local hosts, and the existence of a proportionate national regulatory framework, which has enabled the sustainable development of seasonal rentals throughout the country, for the benefit of the economy and the attractiveness of many territories,” says Clément Eulry, France and Belgium director of Airbnb.
The platform also recalls that it “favorably” welcomes the regulations and “wishes to work with municipalities facing housing problems in order to protect housing”. Some cities such as Aix-en-Provence, Bordeaux, La Baule, Lille, Lyon and Marseille have implemented limitations to avoid the proliferation of Airbnbs and maintain an attractive offer of long-term accommodation.