Airbnb takes steps in Europe to become official part of the hospitality landscape
Airbnb will start collecting taxes from property owners in Amsterdam, following complaints from hoteliers in the city.
In an agreement signed between the home sharing pioneer and city officials, Airbnb hosts will pay a tourist tax which will then be passed on to the authorities.
Local hotels had previously complained how some hosts were not collecting the standard tourist tax from guests, in the same way that hotels, hostels and B&Bs did with their own customers.
Another element of the partnership, which officially began on 1 January 2015, will see Airbnb develop dedicated online guidance for hosts to remind them of regulations around tourist taxes, including their responsibilities to pay the levy.