In a city currently facing tourism challenges, Airbnb is showing how it can be part of the solution by spreading economic benefits across Barcelona and bringing much-needed income to its middle-class families. Airbnb is helping guests live like locals in less-visited areas that are historically underserved by other lodging options: 70% of our bookings are outside of the Old Town. As the home sharing community continues to grow in exciting ways in all parts of the city, we look forward to more conversations with city officials about Airbnb’s benefits for tourism and the local economy.
Airbnb is committed to working with cities to find solutions to local concerns. We believe we can work together to achieve clear home sharing rules that work for everyone. In Barcelona, we want to help build a better city for everyone and we have anounced a plan to be part of the solution.
Barcelona community and data report
On February we announced our compromise with Barcelona. This announcement was part of our broader commitment to promoting responsible home sharing, and being more transparent in order to better understand the positive impact that the Airbnb community is having in the city.
As a part of that compromise, we are releasing quarterly data about our community.