Today we are celebrating good news from Spain, where the number of guests using Airbnb to visit Spain has reached 5 million, continuing to double year on year, and the number of Spanish residents using Airbnb to travel has passed one million, a number that has also doubled each year since Airbnb first arrived in Spain.
This is good news for Spain, visitors who want authentic and local experiences, and the many thousands of Airbnb hosts who rely on sharing their homes to pay the bills.
The US Ambassador to Spain, James Costos, visited our offices in Barcelona today to mark these milestones and to highlight the positive impacts of the sharing economy for everyone in Spain.
Last year alone, hosts on Airbnb in Spain welcomed more than 2.6 million guests from around the world, providing travelers with an authentic and local travel experience and in communities beyond tourist hotspots.
There are now more than 120,000 homes listed on Airbnb in Spain and more than 70 percent are outside the main hotel districts in cities. This spreads economic benefits beyond city centres to new families, communities and local businesses. More than one third of hosts on Airbnb in Spain earn below the median household income, and almost half say they rely on extra income they make on Airbnb to pay the bills and make ends meet.
We’re incredibly proud that our community in Spain has welcomed five million guests and provided authentic and local experiences that make their communities better places to live, work and visit. These milestones show how popular the home sharing movement is in Spain. We want to continue working with policymakers to support this growing community and to continue putting a little extra money in the pockets of the Spanish middle class.