Based in Barcelona and asked about the situation in the city, Cañigueral says that 2017 “will be the year of distinction among sharing economy and professional tourism accommodation“. He goes on to say that perhaps bookings are made “through the same platform, but you will have clarity on the type of accommodation you are getting.“
“2017 will be the year of distinction among sharing economy and professional tourism accommodation”
“Platforms are just tools. They will evolve and some of them will even disappear. But the disruptive thing is to have citizens act as producers at small scale and introduce competition in the market. Traditional industries are then faced with these micro competitors that all together are able to disrupt a market“, explains Cañigueral.
For Cañigueral, the real revolution that the sharing economy has brought us is that “we used to trust corporations, now we trust communities and individuals through technology“.
“The Future of Sharing” series, which looks at how the collaborative economy can work for all involved, is underwritten by Airbnb.