As Tampa Bay tourism grows, Airbnb's tax payments to Florida nearly double year over year


January 30, 2019

Airbnb collected nearly $90 million in tax dollars from Florida visitors last year, roughly double what the room-sharing and renting platform paid to the Sunshine State and its counties the year before. 

One of the main reasons for the spike? How much tourism continues to grow in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties and the state as a whole, said Airbnb spokesman Ben Breit. 

"Since hotels are doing great as well, it seems that simply more people are traveling to the region, staying longer and spending more," Breit said in a statement. "That has a direct economic impact for the hosts and homeowner … but then there's a secondary impact — increased tax revenue for the counties, and increased spending for local small businesses and restaurants." 

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