Booking.com's New Commission Policy: More Savings, More Transparency for Property Owners
Booking.com has recently announced significant changes to its commission policy, effective from December 1, 2023. These changes will impact property owners listing their accommodations on the platform.
Enhancements to Commission Structure
A noteworthy update from Booking.com is the exclusion of certain local taxes and fees, such as the tourist tax, from commission charges starting December 1, 2023. It’s essential to recognise that this adjustment is applicable solely to reservations made post-December 1, 2023. Reservations finalised before this date will adhere to the former commission framework.
Steady Commission Rates
Despite these modifications, the commission rate itself remains stable. This means your commission expenses for Booking.com’s services will not alter.
For instance, if your commission to Booking.com was previously 15% per reservation, this percentage will stay constant. Your financial commitment to Booking.com will not be affected.
In scenarios where the tourist tax is incorporated into your accommodation’s listed price, Booking.com will not apply commission fees to this added cost.
Benefit for Remote Accommodation Providers
This revision in the commission policy is particularly beneficial for providers of remote accommodations. If you manage your rentals without an on-site presence, collecting tourist taxes from guests can be challenging. With the new policy eliminating commissions on local taxes and fees, you’ll experience improved transparency and simplified management of these expenses. This streamlines tax collection from guests, enhancing the overall guest experience.
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