This week, Airbnb reaffirmed its commitment to the city of Barcelona and shared proactive steps to address local concerns over the concentration of visitors and lack of long-term housing in Ciutat Vella. The plan was widely covered by Spanish media.
Media highlighted the difference between professional operators running a business and regular people sharing their homes. Daily newspaper 20Minutos said Airbnb’s plan would help City Hall clampdown on bad actors.
While we are disappointed by the response from City Hall, we welcome the reaction from other officials.
The leading opposition party in City Hall, CiU, reminded elected leaders that judges had recently ruled in favour of Airbnb, overturned a fine and called on policymakers to introduce clear home sharing rules.
Ciutadans, the main opposition party in the Catalan Parliament, called on the Mayor of Barcelona to replace her policy of “sanctions, threats and bans” with one of “cooperation and collaboration with those who want to do well“.
A Popular Party spokesperson in City Hall said that “cooperating with companies like Airbnb is key for fighting against antisocial behaviour and unlawfulness”.
The Barcelona Tourist Apartment Association (Apartur) stated Airbnb’s plan is a “good first step”.
Airbnb is committed to solutions that work for everyone in Barcelona. We believe everyone should benefit from visitors to their communities and will continue to do what is right for the city.