Earlier this week, I wrote about the Airbnb community in Barcelona and talked about how we help bring responsible, respectful travelers to one of Europe’s most amazing cities. Today, we’re highlighting new polling data that shows that Barcelona residents believe home sharing and technology companies make their city and their community a better place to live and work. According to a new representative opinion poll:
- Overall, 81 percent of Barcelona residents feel that tourism has a mostly or completely positive impact on Barcelona. Nearly 90 percent believe tourism helps the economy and 60 percent believe tourism has a positive impact on the quality of life.
- 61 percent believe it should be legal for people to rent our houses, apartments or rooms to visitors on a short-term basis – for example, by sharing their home on Airbnb. 74 percent believe this activity can help regular people pay their bills.
- 70 percent of Barcelona residents hold a favourable view of tech companies, while less than one in ten say they have an unfavourable view.
The citywide survey was conducted by David Binder Research from October 14th to 22nd, 2014 with a representative sample of 600 Barcelona voters. All respondents are residents of Barcelona. The margin of error is 4.1% citywide. Respondents were given the choice of whether to complete the survey in Spanish or in Catalan.
The survey confirms what we hear from Barcelona residents every day. They’ve seen how home sharing can help travelers skip the tourist traps and see the real Barcelona and they know that home sharing can help regular people pay their bills and stay in the home and the neighborhood they love. Our previous economic impact study found that Airbnb hosts spend 60 percent of their Airbnb income on important household expenses. 53 percent of Airbnb hosts say their Airbnb income has helped them stay in their homes. We strongly believe we can all work together to support home sharers and ensure the sharing economy continues to thrive.
We’re encouraged to see the government taking steps to develop new rules for the sharing economy and we look forward to working with everyone on clear, fair rules that make Barcelona an even better place to live, work and visit.