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Tourist tax

The local councils of the Arcachon Bay ask holidaymakers staying in their region to pay a tourist tax.

This tax allows municipalities to finance expenses related to tourism and the protection of their natural tourist areas for tourism purposes.

The tourist tax and its period of application are determined by the municipality’s local council or by the deliberating body of the inter-municipal cooperative public establishment.

The tourist tax is payable per person and per night.

The following are exempt:

  • any individual under eighteen years of age,
  • those with a seasonal employment contract employed within the municipality,
  • those benefiting from emergency accommodation or temporary relocation,
  • those occupying premises managed by associations for which the rent is less than an amount determined by the municipal council.

This amount may vary from €0.22 to €1.65 depending on the type of accommodation. It is paid to the landlord, hotel, owner or to the intermediary rental-payment platform, who will subsequently pay this to the local council.

Tourist tax must be paid by holidaymakers staying in any of the following types of accommodation:

  • tourist hotel,
  • tourist residence,
  • furnished tourist accommodation or holiday rental organised between individuals,
  • B&B,
  • holiday resort,
  • outdoor accommodation (campsite, caravan site, marina, parking area).

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