by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | September 01, 2015
Airbnb (, the online home-rental site, said that as of Oct. 1, 2015, it will collect "tourist taxes" for the city of Paris. The decision by Airbnb is a result of pushback from hotels, who claim the online site is to blame for falling occupancies, and angry city residents, who say their neighborhoods have become overrun by noisy tourists. "We are grateful for our strong relationship with the French authorities and are proud to launch this simplified tax process in our number-one city," said Nicholas Ferrary, Airbnb director in France in an official statement.

On a statement on its website, Airbnb said customers will have to pay 0.83 euros (US.95 cents) per person, per night, which will be handed over to Paris' city authorities. Previously, accommodation owners were supposed to collect the tax and submit the funds, but many failed to do so. Paris, which in 2012 had just a few thousand online rentals, now constitutes Airbnb's largest market with more than 50,000 apartments and houses for rent.