From the start of August, online rental service Airbnb will automatically collect the French taxe de sejour in Nice, Antibes and Cannes. The regional tourism committee for the Côte d’Azur has fought for some years for the ruling, which it says will bring more of an economically equilibrium between the French Riviera’s hotel industry and Airbnb.
“Following my repeated demands to the French government, I am happy to say that we have succeeded in ensuring that Airbnb, the world’s first online community platform that allows holidaymakers to rent a property directly from the owner, will automatically collect the taxe de sejour from 1st August 2016,” says Cannes Mayor David Lisnard, who has supported the changes in regulations since the start. “This is the first step in achieving a commercial balance between homeowners who rent out their properties using Airbnb and our hotels, who are subject to heavy administrative and fiscal restraints. I am not in any way against the [Airbnb] model, which complements the traditional method of finding a place to stay, but it is important that we fight against unfair competition and instead fight for an ethical, commercial market.”