The city of Berlin is introducing the City Tax, a tourist tax on individual travellers, from 1 January 2014. The law was passed in December 2013 by the Berlin legislature. The decision to introduce a city tax in Berlin was a political one. visitBerlin did not request this tax; rather, it was introduced from within the Berlin Senate. The City Tax will apply to all overnight stays booked by private individuals (including children and school classes). This applies to accommodations in all commercial and private business that offer short-term accommodation in exchange for cash, i.e.hotels, guesthouses, vacation rentals, hostels and campgrounds. Overnight stays for professional/business reasons are exempt from the City Tax. The City Tax will equal five per cent of the net price of accommodation. Additional charges such as breakfast and mini-bar are tax-free. More details can be found on the website of the Berlin Senate (in German).