Morocco Will Tax Online Tourist Bookings

April 19, 2018 Taxation in Morocco

Morocco accommodation taxRABAT – Morocco wants tourists to use traditional hotels and travel agents, instead of making bookings online.

The government of Morocco has reportedly set its sights on online travel and accommodation booking providers, in order to even the playing ground between traditional tourist service providers and the new technology-focused providers.

The government has not disclosed any proposals for how the tax will function, how it will be levied, or what the potential tax rate will be, however, it was indicated that the tax will come into effect in 2019.

It is also known that when the tax comes into effect, authorities will use undercover inspectors to ensure that accommodation providers using online booking are paying the taxes owed on the short-term rentals.

The government explained that the new tax is intended to address “new reality which is distorting visibility for our tourism development strategies.”

It is estimated that as much as 60 percent of tourists coming to Morocco bypass the traditional tourism booking services by making their bookings online.

Morocco is ranked 2nd in Africa in terms of AirBnB traffic, being beaten only by South Africa.