Barcelona mayor’s tourism crackdown puts Airbnb in firing line

Curated by

 

Backlash: Banners against apartments for tourists hang from balconies in the Barceloneta neighbourhood in Barcelona, where residents regularly demonstrate to protest against the growing pressure from tourism and tourists’ bad behaviour. Ada Colau is threatening to fine firms like Airbnb and Booking.com if they market apartments from tourists without a number showing that they are on the Catalan tourism register. BARCELONA: Barcelona’s new mayor is picking a fight with home rental websites as she tries to crack down on uncontrolled tourism that she fears could drive out poor residents and spoil the Catalan capital’s charm.

 

 

  • Airbnb, which has around 18,600 listings in Barcelona, its third highest number in Europe, said property owners could add the tourism registry number to their listing and said its users must comply with local rules.
  • Colau, a left-wing former housing activist elected in May, also wants rental websites to hand over information on the property owners.
  • The dispute with rental websites is an example of the friction created by the new online “sharing economy”, ranging from San Francisco and Santa Monica restricting short-term home rentals to court injunctions that have hit online taxi service Uber in a number of countries.

 

Article Categories:
Technology

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Categories:

Today we’re announcing that after two years of helping people discover and share great news via this website we will be shutting down this service on June 30.

 

We would like to thank our millions of readers who inspired us with positive feedback and liberal sharing of ideas to help bring the best content to light and keep everybody informed about what is current and important.

 

We are working hard to give the new site a 'lift' which will bring you an even better product that will give you exclusive access to socially-vetted, high-quality news. The new product will give great content the engagement and social reach it deserves. It will also help creators to get trusted feedback about their content to truly understand what their audience is passionate about.

Something cool is coming soon! Be the first to know!

 

Enter your name and email and we’ll keep you in the loop:

Today we’re announcing that after two years of helping people discover and share great news via this website we will be shutting down this service on June 30.

 

We would like to thank our millions of readers who inspired us with positive feedback and liberal sharing of ideas to help bring the best content to light and keep everybody informed about what is current and important.

 

We are working hard to give the new site a 'lift' which will bring you an even better product that will give you exclusive access to socially-vetted, high-quality news. The new product will give great content the engagement and social reach it deserves. It will also help creators to get trusted feedback about their content to truly understand what their audience is passionate about.

Something cool is coming soon! Be the first to know!

 

Enter your name and email and we’ll keep you in the loop: