Around the world, we are constantly educating our community on rules that apply to home sharing while partnering with policymakers on clear and simple processes that are easy for regular people to follow.
Last summer, the French government published new rules that allow internet platforms like Airbnb to collect and remit tourist taxes on behalf of hosts, making the process automatic and more simple for everyone.
Today, we are delighted to share that we have remitted almost €1.2 million in tourist taxes to the City of Paris, covering all trips booked by Airbnb guests to Paris between October 1 and December 31, 2015. This is our first remittance since the new rules were introduced last summer, and the money will now be used by authorities to further develop tourism in the city.
We have also remitted almost €40,000 in tourist tax on behalf of hosts to the City of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, where we first began collecting and remitting tourist taxes in France last year. This covers all bookings by Airbnb guests for the period August 1 to December 31, 2015.
We are proud to be working with the authorities in France to make it easier for Paris hosts to follow the rules. We know Airbnb hosts love their cities and want to make them better places to live, work and visit, and we want to help. We will continue to work with authorities across France to extend this initiative to more cities and make it easier for more hosts to contribute financially to their cities, and to build on the commitments in our Community Compact, which we launched in November.