Tourist tax on Airbnbs in the south of France generated almost €40m in revenue in 2023

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The holiday rental platform Airbnb has revealed that the taxe de séjour contributions generated by its listings in France during 2023 added more than €187 million to the coffers of villages, towns and cities up and down the country. 

In the south of France, short and long-term stays booked via Airbnb created almost €40 million in tourist tax-based revenue: more than €13 million in the Alpes-Maritimes; in excess of €10 million in the Var and just under in the Bouches-du-Rhône; €2.7 million in Vaucluse; €1.4 million for communes in the Hautes-Alpes; and €770,000 in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.  

Marseille’s Airbnbs produced over €4.2 million in tourist tax contributions, a figure no doubt buoyed by the influx of travellers who stayed in the city during the Rugby World Cup, while Nice and Cannes were close behind with €4.1 million and €2.9 million apiece.  

But small and medium-sized communes in the region also did well out of their Airbnb-registered rentals. Over 260 Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur communes saw at least €100,000 in tourist tax paid out by Airbnb at the end of 2023.  

In total, just over €187 million was collected by the accommodation rental platform in France last year, benefiting the municipal coffers of over 24,5000 villages, towns and cities across the country. This represents a 25% increase on the amount generated in 2022.  

What is the taxe de séjour? 

France’s taxe de séjour – or tourist tax – is payable per person per night and varies according to the type of accommodation and the commune. It must be included on the bill given to the person renting the accommodation and should be collected either by the landlord or owner of the property, the hotelier or the “the professional who provides the internet booking service on behalf of the landlord, the hotelier [or] the owner.” 

A commune-specific simulator is available here and more information on the tax can be found here.  


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