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.
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”.