Airbnb signs the first automatic tax collection partnership in Lithuania
Lithuania: For the first time in Central and Eastern Europe, Airbnb has signed the first partnership to collect tourist taxes in Vilnius.
From February 1. Airbnb automatically collects tourist taxes per night and per person when a traveler’s book stays in the Lithuanian capital before transferring it directly to the city on behalf of the hosts and guests.
With the introduction of the digital solution, Airbnb will reduce the administrative burden on tourism organizations and hosts.
Airbnb is also becoming the first travel platform to sign a contract of this type with a city in Lithuania and Central and Eastern Europe.
Inga Romanovskienė, director of the Vilnius city tourism and business development agency Go Vilnius, said: “More and more tourists are discovering Vilnius as a wonderful place to relax in the city, full of culture, history and great food. included in the old town.
“In addition, Vilnius is rich in natural environments – almost half of the city is full of green spaces and it is a completely safe place for holidays.
“Vilnius is also a dynamic city, where agreements with important partners, such as Airbnb, are quickly reached. This is a significant improvement in the city tax administration for both hosts and tourists, ”she added.
According to a press release, Airbnb has reached more than 400 agreements with local and national governments and organizations around the world on automated tourism tax collection.
Worldwide, Airbnb says it has already collected more than $ 2 billion in tourist-related taxes through such agreements.
Kathrin Anselm, CEO of Airbnb at DACH & CEE, said: “Airbnb is working with regulators and tourism organizations to promote responsible and sustainable tourism and facilitate housing sharing in the Baltics.
“We are very pleased to be able to cooperate with the city of Vilnius, as this is our first partnership on tourism taxes in the region, as well as the first partnership of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe,” she added.
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