Articles tagged “barcelona”

Overtourism and the Struggle for Sustainable Tourism Development

Overtourism and the Struggle for Sustainable Tourism Development

Wouter Geerts, Euromonitor

Sustainability in tourism isn't just about re-using that hotel towel a second day. It's thinking deeply about how visitors get in and out of a destination while doing the least harm.

2 weeks ago

Barcelona Authorities Rebuff Airbnb’s Peace Offering

Barcelona Authorities Rebuff Airbnb’s Peace Offering

Maria Tadeo, Bloomberg

Airbnb’s spat with Barcelona looks like it has the potential to turn into a long-term issue. The question now, is whether the homesharing platform stands its ground, or gives in to the city’s demands.

2 months ago

Airbnb Seeks Truce With Barcelona in Battle Against Overtourism

Airbnb Seeks Truce With Barcelona in Battle Against Overtourism

Maria Tadeo, Bloomberg

Overtourism existed before Airbnb but there is no doubt that the home-sharing platform has made things harder for certain destinations like Barcelona. Cities are increasingly having to weigh the benefits of tourism against the pressure it puts on people actually living there.

2 months ago

Protesters Rally in Barcelona Against Unchecked Tourism Growth

Protesters Rally in Barcelona Against Unchecked Tourism Growth

Associated Press

Barcelona has not been thinking long-term about its tourism growth, but now it's being forced to. Other destinations will certainly be watching.

2 months ago

Barcelona Issues Broad Ban on Tourism Growth in City Center

Barcelona Issues Broad Ban on Tourism Growth in City Center

Aritz Parra, Associated Press

Barcelona's lack of tourism management over the last decade has brought it to this point. It's unfortunate that neglect has led to extreme action, and it's hard to see how decisions made under pressure will be the best ones.

2 months ago

Barcelona Hits Airbnb and HomeAway With $630,000 Fines

Barcelona Hits Airbnb and HomeAway With $630,000 Fines

Associated Press

Barcelona's overtourism issue goes beyond Airbnb and HomeAway, but moves like this do draw attention to the problem the city is struggling with.

4 months ago

Airbnb Finds Sweet Spot in Lisbon After Berlin and Barcelona Struggles

Airbnb Finds Sweet Spot in Lisbon After Berlin and Barcelona Struggles

Henrique Almeida, Bloomberg

Not every major European city is resisting the spread of Airbnb.

10 months ago

Mobile World Congress Is the Week of Barcelona Hoteliers’ Dreams

Mobile World Congress Is the Week of Barcelona Hoteliers’ Dreams

Maria Tadeo and Sharon Smyth, Bloomberg

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.

1 year ago

Barcelona’s Mayor Focuses on Tourism’s Contribution to Inequality

Barcelona’s Mayor Focuses on Tourism’s Contribution to Inequality

Stephan Faris, Bloomberg

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.

1 year ago

Airbnb Remains Symbol of Barcelona’s Growing Unease With Tourism

Airbnb Remains Symbol of Barcelona’s Growing Unease With Tourism

Adrian Croft, Reuters

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.

2 years ago

The Trouble With Tourists From Berlin to Hong Kong

The Trouble With Tourists From Berlin to Hong Kong

Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

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.

2 years ago

Spain’s Tourism Minister Says Barcelona Doesn’t Have a Tourist Problem

Spain’s Tourism Minister Says Barcelona Doesn’t Have a Tourist Problem

Maria Tadeo and Sharon Smyth, Bloomberg

While a ban isn't practical, smarter planning is. As we've said before: only a fool wants another Venice.

2 years ago