Earlier this month, Catalonian Minister for Enterprise Felip Puig announced that “the sharing economy has arrived to stay,” and launched the Government of Catalonia’s new effort to study the sharing economy and develop new rules for home sharing. This is great news for Catalans who want to share their home and we hope this new process will ensure Barcelona and Catalonia stay on the cutting edge of innovation.
People in Barcelona are sharing the home in which they live with visitors from around the world, earning a little extra money and giving visitors a chance to see the real Barcelona. According to our analysis:
- 77 percent of Airbnb hosts in Catalonia have only one listing and 53 percent say hosting helped them stay in their homes.
- The average Airbnb guest in Catalonia is 40 years old and 85 percent of Airbnb guests have at least a college degree.
Now, we need fair rules for sharing and our entire community looks forward to participating in this discussion. We know home sharing promotes sustainable tourism and we want to work with everyone in Catalonia on clear rules that work for these amazing communities.
We hope this process will ensure that Catalonia remains a community that welcomes and supports new innovations and new technologies. According to our own economic analysis, Airbnb generated 128 million euros for Barcelona’s economy in one year alone. The wider sharing economy could generate even more benefit for Catalonia: recent research suggests that the impact in the United Kingdom could be as much as 11 billion Euros by 2025, and there’s no reason why the rest of Europe should be any different. Fair rules for sharing will help seize on these incredible economic opportunities and make Catalonia an even better place to live, work and visit.