Not every major European city is resisting the spread of Airbnb.
We like Barcelona's well-stated position that it doesn't want to become the next Venice. And we also like seeing this doesn't hurt it when it comes to big conferences either.
Tourism never exists inside a vacuum, and Barcelona is an excellent lens through which the intersection of globalism, tourism, and the international economy can be seen.
We get kind of sick of pointing out that smart tourism development is a good idea and that all players — even tech players that like to think they're just a force for moral good — need to participate in order to come up with the best solutions.
Locals really, really don't want tourists to live like a local. They just want them to let locals live their lives without tacky shops and sky-high housing costs geared toward by people living on big vacation budgets.
While a ban isn't practical, smarter planning is. As we've said before: only a fool wants another Venice.
A sustainable tourism plan sounds like a great idea.
Nobody wants to see another Venice happen. Quality of life for residents should always trump quality of visit for tourists.
Barcelona's reputation as both a Spanish and international destination is part of what makes it the region's greatest draw, which also translates into visits up and down Catalonia's Mediterranean coast.
It's a simple way to gauge how your customers are feeling, but it needs more insight into why they are feeling this way.