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.
Rosario, Colombian refugee: “A house is more than a home. It’s being able to settle in again”
“As a refugee, you remember perfectly the date you arrived at your new country. It’s like a second birthday.” Rosario’s date was October 2008. She arrived in Barcelona from Colombia. There she was a doctor and a human rights defender, in particular against anti-personnel mines.
Working together: Airbnb and Barcelona City Hall
Airbnb and Barcelona City Hall have said they will together to tackle bad actors in Barcelona while protecting local families who share their homes. The news follows a meeting between the parties, where Airbnb shared stories from 532 local hosts who rely on sharing their home to boost their income and support their families.
New data, programme show Airbnb strengthening European communities
At Airbnb, we believe that travel and tourism can strengthen communities in ways in which everyone—guests, hosts and local residents—can win. Today, we are sharing new data showing travel using Airbnb is expected to boost communities in Europe by an estimated €340 billion by 2020, and will support an estimated 1 million jobs across the region that year.
First Airbnb Travel Tech Award
Airbnb launches the First Airbnb Travel Tech Award. The winner will earn €15,000, a trip to Airbnb’s headquarters in San Francisco and a free ticket to 4YFN Mobile World Congress Americas (September, 12th-14th).
Catalonian government fine declared null and void
A fine issued by the Government of Catalonia against Airbnb has been declared null and void by the administrative court of Barcelona, and the court made clear that Barcelona should work to adopt clear rules for home sharing. In its ruling, the court said there is an “orphanhood” in the regulation of phenomenons like Airbnb, which cannot be satisfied through existing tourism rules and court sanctions, and called for new regulations.
Raval hosts recommend their favorite local businesses
A dozen hosts that use Airbnb in the Raval neighbourhood gathered to visit their favourite local cafeterias, restaurants, and shops. They explained how they give guests their recommendations to “live like a local” in Raval. They put a sticker in every business storefront that reads: “Host recommended local business”.