New York hotel lobbyists flip-flop on taxes

Earlier this week, we released new data indicating that the Airbnb community will generate $768 million in economic activity in New York and support 6,600 jobs this year. We highlighted a state law that prevents Airbnb from collecting and remitting $21 million in hotel taxes. And we asked leaders to work with us to change the law to permit Airbnb to collect and remit taxes on behalf of our hosts and guests. It isn’t every day that a company offers to help contribute more tax revenue.

In response, hotel lobbyists said they don’t want the Airbnb community to pay taxes. The media reported that our effort to pay hotel taxes would be “[met] with stiff resistance from the hospitality industry.” The Hotel Association of New York City said if there was a proposal to allow our community to contribute $21 million to New York they would “oppose it, certainly.”

We were extremely surprised by their response. We’ve had a number of conversations with hotel operators in New York who understand how Airbnb works and have continued to thrive as our community grows. And the same organization and other New York hotel leaders have previously indicated that they were concerned about the Airbnb community not paying hotel taxes.

We thought you should know more about what some New York hotel leaders had been saying, before they changed their tune:

  • In August, the Chief Executive of Apple Core Hotels complained “These people [who rent out their apartments] don’t pay taxes…The web sites may tell them they need to pay all taxes, but they don’t require it.”

  • In February, the Hotel Association of New York City complained that Airbnb hosts don’t pay hotel taxes.

  • In March, the Hotel Association of New York City raised concerns that Airbnb led to “lost revenues for the city.”

  • In April, Lodging Magazine reported that “Many hotel owners have been up in arms because Airbnb hosts are not subject to traditional hospitality based regulations or requirements, such as paying lodging taxes…”

Our community wants to pay their fair share in taxes and contribute more to New York. A small subset of hotel lobbyists and officials shouldn’t stand in their way. We hope we can all work together to put New York first and we are confident that the vast majority of policymakers in New York will be eager to partner with us to help collect these valuable tax dollars.

Home-sharing legislation in San Francisco

Today, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors David Chiu is proposing new rules for home-sharing in the city of San Francisco.  While we still have a long way to go before we get a good law enacted, we wanted to tell you about this exciting news right away.

This legislative proposal acknowledges what our community already knows: San Franciscans should be able to share the home in which they live.

By proposing this legislation, Supervisor Chiu has taken a critical step towards recognizing the benefits of home-sharing for everyone in San Francisco. We applaud President Chiu for his leadership and his work over the last two years to bring together so many stakeholders who care deeply about home-sharing. And we look forward to continuing to work together on these important issues. We strongly believe Airbnb helps make San Francisco more affordable for homeowners and tenants alike. We’ve heard countless stories from hosts who have avoided eviction or foreclosure thanks to Airbnb, and we’re eager to work on policies that support the sharing economy and make San Francisco an even better, more affordable city to call home.

There are certainly provisions in this proposal that could be problematic to our hosting community, including a registration system that could make some of their personal information public, so there is much work to be done to ensure that we pass legislation  that is progressive, fair, and good for San Francisco and our hosting community.

But this is an important first step, and it is just the beginning of what promises to be a very long process during which the entire Board of Supervisors will look at this proposal, hear from all sides—including our community—and make decisions about how to proceed.

Most critically, if the legislation introduced today were to pass and be signed into law, San Francisco residents will be able to share the homes in which they live with travelers from around the world.

Under the legislation introduced today:

  • Residents of San Francisco would be able to offer their primary residence to travelers from around the world.
  • Hosts must have some basic insurance or damage protection, or list on a platform that does.  We believe that Airbnb’s Host Guarantee will allow members of our community to meet this requirement.
  • The proposal protects rent control by maintaining the current rule prohibiting rent-controlled tenants from earning more than they pay in rent.
  • Airbnb guests act responsibly, but in the rare instances when home sharers using ours or other platforms do act as bad neighbors and a community member complains, the city can investigate and take corrective action.
  • Airbnb will collect and remit occupancy taxes on behalf of hosts, as we have already volunteered to do.
  • A host accused of violating the law by his or her landlord will have options to avoid eviction and comply with the new law.

This proposal, while not perfect, brings us closer to transparent, fair, progressive home-sharing rules. These can be tough issues, but we are absolutely committed to working with policymakers in San Francisco to craft solutions that make the city stronger and ensure the Airbnb community can continue to thrive.

This work is particularly important to us because San Francisco is our home and it always will be. Airbnb got started a little more than five years ago when two of our co-founders, Brian and Joe, were struggling to pay rent for their apartment on Rausch Street and decided to share their home with visitors from around the world.  Today, Airbnb helps countless San Franciscans pay their bills and stay in their homes in the city they love. According to an analysis of our community in the city:

  • The overwhelming majority of Airbnb hosts share only the home in which they live.
  • More than half of Airbnb hosts have lived in San Francisco for more than 10 years.
  • 75 percent of Airbnb hosts who rent their home in San Francisco said they use their Airbnb income to help pay their rent.
  • On average, hosts use 95 percent of the income they receive through Airbnb on regular living expenses like rent or groceries.
  • 18 percent of hosts who rent their home and 15 percent of hosts who own their home have avoided eviction or foreclosure thanks to Airbnb.
  • And more than 180,000 visitors have come to San Francisco and stayed with Airbnb hosts over the last year alone. The visitors spend more, stay longer, and visit more local businesses than hotel guests, bringing huge economic benefits to the City.

But numbers don’t tell nearly the whole story.

Behind those numbers are thousands of hosts and hundreds of thousands of visitors to San Francisco—enriching neighborhoods, touting San Francisco as a destination for travelers around the world. Hosts who can pay their bills, avoid foreclosure, spend more time with their families and pursue their dreams.  Guests who experience the real San Francisco and visit local, sustainable businesses and stores off the beaten track. Hosts and guests who develop friendships, and reconnect with real people and real neighborhoods.

We want to work with the Board of Supervisors and everyone who cares about this vibrant city to ensure that these connections continue, and that our community of hosts can continue to share their homes and afford to live in San Francisco. And we want to ensure that everyone in San Francisco has their voice heard so we end up with fair rules that let us all share the amazing city Airbnb has always called home.

Today was a great first step.  But now the hard work begins, and we will need you, our community, to stand with us every step of the way.


$21 million more for New York

Every day, Airbnb hosts in New York welcome guests from around the world into their homes. They use the money they earn to pay their bills, stay in their homes, and pursue their dreams. And their guests get to experience New York like a local, exploring neighborhoods and local businesses that don’t typically benefit from tourism. Just this year alone, the Airbnb community will generate $768 million in economic activity in New York and support 6,600 jobs.

But this contribution could be even larger—New York will lose millions of dollars because current tax law prevents Airbnb from collecting and remitting occupancy related taxes on behalf of our hosts and guests. Our community wants to pay its fair share, and we want to help.

If leaders in Albany change the law, the Airbnb community could contribute more than $21 million in taxes to the city and the state – money that could be used to support programs for education, health, housing, and public safety. That money could make a real difference for New Yorkers.

Check out the infographic below for more details on what our community already does—and how much more our hosts and guests could support if the law changes.



San Francisco, taxes and the Airbnb community

When we announced our “Shared City” initiative last week, we received an incredible outpouring of support and interest from our community, the press, and governments around the world.  We are very excited about the response, and we want to keep striving to ensure that our community continues to help cities around the world.

Part of our first Shared City partnership with Portland will be to collect and remit occupancy taxes on behalf of our hosts there. Today, I held a question and answer session with hosts from San Francisco to talk about the Shared City initiative and announced that we’ll soon be collecting and remitting taxes on behalf of our hosts in San Francisco as well.

We have repeatedly said that we believe our community in San Francisco should pay its fair share of taxes. We know from countless discussions with our hosts that they want to pay taxes, but some of these rules are arcane and difficult to follow. Some hosts have even tried to pay taxes in San Francisco and been turned away.

We want to help solve this problem. We’re still working on some operational details, but our goal is to launch this program for San Francisco hosts this summer.

Of course, we don’t always agree with governments about what sales and occupancy taxes are owed under the law, if any. Our hosts are not hotels, and most of these tax laws were not designed for them. But whether or not we agree with the tax laws, we want to help our hosts follow the rules. It’s good for the government officials who won’t have to identify hosts and collect the taxes themselves: we’ll do the work for them. And it’s good for hosts who want to pay their fair share.

We are a growing company in a new economy. We are taking this action—and initiating our entire Shared City program—as we strive to help make cities stronger, safer, more financially stable. And we’re excited to continue this pilot program in San Francisco. This city is our home and we look forward to continuing to work with everyone here to make it an even better place to live, work and visit.

A major step forward in Paris and France — Une avancée majeure en France

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Earlier today, the President of France signed into law “Bill ALUR”—new national housing legislation. This new law is great news for the Airbnb community in France, and a great example for other jurisdictions around the world.

The law clarifies that wherever you live in France, you can rent out the home in which you live, without having to ask permission from your local city hall.

The vast majority of Airbnb hosts around the world—including 83 percent of Airbnb hosts in Paris—share their primary residence, so these rules are a positive development for everyone who cares about home-sharing and the benefits it brings to people and local communities.

Bill ALUR also includes rules for the short-term rental of properties that are not primary residences. In most parts of France, the rules will not change: the short-term rental of these properties will not be subject to new restrictions. In larger cities, the short term rental of non-primary residences will also be permitted, but some cities may impose some additional requirements. For instance, cities may be able to:

  • Define specific criteria that will be used to temporarily grant hosts the opportunity to share non-primary residences on a short-term basis.

  • Or require hosts to apply for a change of use authorization, so as to clarify that the residence is being used full-time as guest accommodation.

And, as usual, we encourage all Airbnb hosts to understand and comply with all of the rules and regulations that might apply to them, including seeking the authorization of a landlord if they are tenant.

This positive development in France comes as more and more communities are examining the sharing economy and discovering how Airbnb and home-sharing makes cities and neighborhoods better places to live, work and visit:

  • The Amsterdam City Council gave final approval to a new policy that embraces home-sharing and makes Amsterdam a pioneer in the global sharing economy.

  • The government in the UK has announced that they’ll be reviewing a key section of that 40-year-old law — the Greater London Powers Act — that governs home-sharing in London.

  • In Hamburg, it is entirely legal to use Airbnb to rent out a private room or to occasionally rent out your primary residence and you do not need to take any action or apply for a license from the government.

The French government has taken the time to understand that sharing the home you live in does not have a negative impact on housing availability or affordability for local people. Quite the contrary: it is helping many local people keep their homes.

We appreciate the work done by the French government and Parliament on this matter and we look forward to partnering with more communities around the world in the weeks and months ahead.

Une avancée majeure en France

Aujourd’hui, le Président de la République a promulgué la loi “ALUR”, nouvelle législation sur l’hébergement en France. Cette nouvelle loi est une grande avancée et une bonne nouvelle pour la communauté Airbnb en France. Elle devrait également servir d’exemple à d’autres réglementations dans le monde.

En effet, la loi ALUR officialise le fait qu’aucune autorisation de la mairie n’est nécessaire pour les propriétaires qui souhaitent louer leur résidence principale, et ce dans l’ensemble des communes françaises

La vaste majorité des hôtes Airbnb dans le monde -dont 83% des hôtes à Paris- louent leur résidence principale sur le site. Cette nouvelle législation est donc une avancée positive pour tous ceux qui mettent à disposition leur logement, y accueillent des voyageurs et en font profiter leur quartier.

La loi ALUR encadre également la location courte durée des résidences secondaires. Dans la grande majorité des communes, les règles ne changent pas : la location saisonnière de ces résidences ne sera pas soumise à de nouvelles restrictions.

Dans les villes de plus de 200 000 habitants et les zones d’urbanisation continue de plus de 50 000 habitants, la location courte durée de résidences secondaires reste autorisée mais certaines villes auront la possibilité d’ajouter des règles spécifiques.

Ainsi, les villes pourront :

  • soit définir pour les propriétaires de résidences secondaires des critères spécifiques à l’obtention d’une autorisation temporaire de location de courte durée

  • soit mettre en place une procédure de changement d’usage pour les résidences secondaires

Comme toujours, Airbnb encourage ses hôtes à respecter les règles et lois en vigueur sur leur territoire, y compris à obtenir l’autorisation de leur propriétaire s’ils sont locataires de leur logement.

Cette avancée très positive en France arrive alors que de plus en plus d’autorités locales se penchent sur l’économie du partage et comprennent combien Airbnb et le partage de sa résidence principale font des villes et des quartiers concernés de meilleurs endroits où vivre, travailler et à visiter:

  • Le Conseil Municipal d’Amsterdam vient de valider une nouvelle législation dans le sens du partage de sa résidence principale pour faire d’Amsterdam une ville pionnière de l’économie collaborative

  • Le Gouvernement britannique a annoncé qu’il allait revoir une partie de la Loi du Grand Londres (datant de plus de 40 ans) qui traite de l’hébergement de courte durée à Londres

  • A Hambourg, il est désormais légal de louer une chambre ou toute sa résidence principale occasionnellement. Il n’y a pas de démarche particulière à effectuer ni de licence à obtenir

Le Gouvernement a mesuré l’importance et la valeur que de plus en plus de Français accordent au partage de leur résidence principale sans que cela n’ait d’impact négatif sur l’offre locale de logement ou le niveau des loyers. Bien au contraire : cela permet à certains de rester dans leur foyer.

Nous apprécions le travail effectué par le Gouvernement français et le Parlement sur le sujet et nous souhaitons continuer à dialoguer avec d’autres villes et gouvernements à travers le monde dans les semaines et mois à venir.

Airbnb economic impact around the world

Every day, we hear stories from our community that highlight how Airbnb is changing the way people live and travel. We wanted to better understand Airbnb’s positive impact in the cities we love, visit, and share.

That’s why we began measuring Airbnb’s economic impact in cities around the world through a series of studies, starting with San Francisco in 2012. Since then, we’ve released studies in New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona, Edinburgh & London, and Sydney.

Around the world, the results have been the same: Airbnb is helping hosts stay in their homes and pursue their dreams, supporting local businesses that haven’t benefited from tourism in the past, and providing travelers with authentic, local experiences.

Today, we’ve compiled the numbers from around the world into a new summary to help better understand Airbnb’s global impact. It’s a lot prettier than this blog and you can check it out here.

Highlights from around the world include:

  • 550,000 homes are shared by hosts in cities all over the world. 82% of hosts share only the home in which they live.

  • Hosts use their Airbnb income to help make ends meet. 47% of hosts say hosting has helped them to stay in their homes.

  • Airbnb travelers stay longer and spend more, in diverse neighborhoods throughout the city. 76% of Airbnb properties in these cities are outside the main hotel districts, and half of Airbnb guest spending occurs in the neighborhood where they stayed.

  • To date, hosts have welcomed over 11 million travelers who wanted to experience cities not as tourists, but as locals. 76% of Airbnb travelers want to explore a specific neighborhood, and 89% want to “live like a local.”

As Airbnb’s community grows and changes, we will continue to share with you how Airbnb is helping to make neighborhoods better places to live, work and visit.

Moving forward in London

Policymakers around the world are hard at work on sensible, fair policies that help people share the home in which they live. The latest good news comes from London. Earlier this week, the government announced that they’ll be reviewing a key section of that 40-year-old law—the Greater London Powers Act—that governs home-sharing in London.

While some parts of this law can and should be maintained, we agree with Housing Minister Kris Hopkins that some portions of the law are “outdated and unworkable” and we are pleased to see the Minister working towards a “fairer, more flexible private rented sector.”

Time and time again, studies have shown that home-sharing generates economic activity and helps people pay their bills or pursue their dreams. Last month, we highlighted a new study on Airbnb’s economic impact in London and across the UK. The study found that the Airbnb community generated £502 million in economic activity in the UK in one year alone and supported 11,629 jobs. Of course, these results are no surprise to anyone who reads this blog or who has followed the growth of the sharing economy.

In the weeks ahead, we look forward to working with everyone in London to discuss these issues and tell the stories of thousands of Londoners who welcome visitors from around the world into their homes.

40,000 jobs: Airbnb & entrepreneurship in Spain

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It’s no longer much of a secret that Airbnb hosts and travelers bring enormous social and economic benefits to cities around the world, and the evidence just keeps coming. Last week, we released a new study detailing the positive economic impacts of Airbnb in Barcelona. Like we have found in city after city around the world, this new study confirmed that Airbnb is an important source of income for many local residents, who use the money they earn to pay their bills, stay in their homes, and pursue their dreams.

This week, Barcelona is hosting the Mobile World Congress, highlighting the importance of technology and entrepreneurship in Barcelona and throughout Spain. Airbnb co-founder Nate Blecharczyk attended the events in Barcelona, and as part of the conference he released more details about how Airbnb helps residents start new businesses and promotes entrepreneurship in Spain.

This new report found that 28 percent of Airbnb hosts in Spain are entrepreneurs. Seventy-four percent of these hosts used their Airbnb income to help finance their business. And Airbnb hosts in Spain who have also started businesses have created over 40,000 jobs.

In addition to the extra income, hosting helps entrepreneurs meet new people from around the world and gain exposure to new ideas. Fifty-five percent of entrepreneurs in Spain said Airbnb enriched their social life, 36 percent said hosting helped them meet potential clients, and 25 percent got outside opinions for their project from their guests.

Some of the highlights from the report include:

  • 28 percent of Airbnb hosts in Spain are entrepreneurs. One-third of these hosts live in the Barcelona area.
  • 33 percent of their businesses provide support and services to Spain’s vibrant tourism industry.
  • 74 percent of these hosts used revenue from Airbnb to finance their business, with nearly 20 percent calling the income “vital”.
  • 50 percent of the businesses created are less than 5 years old, and 25 percent of the businesses are less than a year old.
  • The average age of the entrepreneurs is 44.
  • The median number of employees they hire is 3.

Statistics are always nice, but they also tell an amazing, real story of economic innovation and job creation made possible by Airbnb hosting.  On top of the tourism, tax and other economic benefits of bringing more people to more neighborhoods than ever before, the economic freedom and empowerment provided by Airbnb to these entrepreneurs is helping create the next generation of businesses in Spain at a time when these jobs are critically needed.

The results in this report are based on two surveys conducted in February 2014. You can check out the full report in Catalan here and in Spanish here.


40.000 llocs de treball: Airbnb i els emprenedors a Espanya

No és cap secret que els amfitrions i viatgers d’Airbnb aporten un benefici social i econòmic enorme a ciutats d’arreu del món, i cada cop en tenim més proves. La setmana passada vam llançar un nou estudi que detalla l’impacte econòmic positiu d’Airbnb a Barcelona. Així com hem vist en altres ciutats arreu del món, aquest estudi confirma que Airbnb és una font important d’ingressos per a molts residents locals, que utilitzen els diners per pagar les seves factures, fer front a despeses d’hipoteca o lloguer o per fer realitat els seus somnis.

Aquesta setmana, Barcelona acull el Congrés Mundial de Mòbils (Mobile World Congress), on es destaca la importància de la tecnologia i els emprenedors a Barcelona i a Espanya. Nate Blecharczyk, cofundador d’Airbnb, ha assistit a un d’aquests actes a Barcelona i ha revelat més detalls sobre com Airbnb ajuda els residents a iniciar nous negocis i promocionar emprenedors a Espanya.

El nou informe assenyala que el 28% dels amfitrions d’Airbnb a Espanya són emprenedors i que el 74% d’aquests amfitrions va invertir els ingressos obtinguts en la plataforma per finançar el seu negoci. A més, els amfitrions d’Airbnb a Espanya que han iniciat un negoci han creat al voltant de 40.000 llocs de treball.

A més d’oferir un ingrés extra, allotjar persones mitjançant la plataforma ajuda els emprenedors a conèixer gent d’arreu del món i guanyar en exposició a noves idees. El 55% d’aquests emprenedors a Espanya diu que Airbnb ha enriquit la seva vida social, i el 36% indica que hostatjar els ha ajudat a conèixer clients potencials. D’altra banda, el 25% d’aquests emprenedors va poder conèixer les opinions externes dels seus hostes sobre els seus projectes.

Algunes dades destacades de l’informe:

  • El 28% dels amfitrions d’Airbnb a Espanya són emprenedors. Un terç d’aquests amfitrions viu a Barcelona.
  • El 33% dels seus negocis proporciona suport i serveis a la indústria turística d’Espanya.
  • El 74% d’aquests amfitrions va invertir els ingressos obtinguts en la plataforma per finançar el seu negoci, i gairebé un 20% considera aquests ingressos “vitals”.
  • El 50% d’aquests negocis s’han creat fa menys de cinc anys i el 25% tenen menys d’1 any.
  • L’edat mitjana dels emprenedors és de 44 anys.
  • El nombre mitjà d’empleats que contracten és 3.

Les estadístiques són sempre benvingudes, però també relaten una història real impressionant de com allotjar a Airbnb fa possible la innovació econòmica i creació d’ocupació. A més del turisme, els impostos i altres beneficis econòmics que genera l’arribada de més gent a més veïnats que abans, la llibertat econòmica i el poder que proporciona Airbnb a aquests emprenedors ajuda a crear una nova generació de negocis a Espanya en un moment en què més es necessiten aquest tipus de feines.

Els resultats d’aquest informe es basen en dues enquestes fetes al febrer de 2014. Pots consultar-ne els informes complets en català aquí i en castellà aquí.


40,000 puestos de trabajo: Airbnb y los emprendedores en España

No es ningún secreto que los anfitriones y viajeros de Airbnb aportan un enorme beneficio social y económico a ciudades de todo el mundo, y las pruebas de ello no hacen más que aumentar.La semana pasada lanzamos un nuevo estudio que detalla el impacto económico positivo de Airbnb en Barcelona. Al igual que hemos visto en otras ciudades en todo el mundo, este estudio confirma que Airbnb es una importante fuente de ingresos para muchos residentes locales, que utilizan el dinero para pagar sus facturas, hacer frente a gastos de hipoteca o alquiler o  para hacer realidad sus sueños.

Esta semana, Barcelona acoge el Congreso Mundial de Móviles (Mobile World Congress), donde se destaca la importancia de la tecnología y los emprendedores en Barcelona y en España. Nate Blecharczyk, co-fundador de Airbnb, ha asistido a uno de estos eventos en Barcelona y ha revelado más detalles sobre como Airbnb ayuda a los residentes a iniciar nuevos negocios y promocionar a emprendedores en España.

El nuevo informe señala que el 28% de los anfitriones de Airbnb en España son emprendedores y que el 74% de estos anfitriones invirtió los ingresos obtenidos en la plataforma para financiar su negocio. Además, los anfitriones de Airbnb en España que han iniciado un negocio han creado alrededor de 40.000 puestos de trabajo.

Además de ofrecer un ingreso extra, alojar a personas a través de la plataforma ayuda a los emprendedores a conocer gente de todo el mundo y ganar en exposición a nuevas ideas. El 55% de estos emprendedores en España dijo que Airbnb ha enriquecido su vida social, y el 36% indica que hospedar les ha ayudado a conocer clientes potenciales. Por otro lado, el 25% de estos emprendedores pudo conocer las opiniones externas de sus huéspedes sobre sus proyectos.

Algunos datos destacados del informe:

  • El 28% de los anfitriones de Airbnb en España son emprendedores. Un tercio de estos anfitriones vive en Barcelona.
  • El 33% de sus negocios proporciona apoyo y servicios a la industria turística de España.
  • El 74% de estos anfitriones invirtió los ingresos obtenidos en la plataforma para financiar su negocio, y casi un 20%  considera estos ingresos como “vitales”.
  • El 50% de estos negocios se han creado hace menos de cinco años y el 25% tienen menos de 1 año.
  • La edad media de los emprendedores es de 44 años.
  • El número medio de empleados que contratan es 3.

Las estadísticas son siempre bienvenidas, pero relatan también una impresionante historia real de cómo alojar en Airbnb hace posible la innovación económica y creación de empleo. Además del turismo, los impuestos y otros beneficios económicos que genera la llegada de más gente a más vecindarios que antes, la libertad económica y el poder que proporciona  Airbnb a estos emprendedores ayuda a crear una nueva generación de negocios en España en un momento en el que más se necesitan este tipo de trabajos.

Los resultados de este informe se basen en dos encuestas realizadas en febrero de 2014. Puedes consultar los informes completos en Catalan aquí y en Castellano aquí.

Barcelona by the Numbers — Barcelona en xifres — Barcelona en números

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In December, I wrote about a coalition of sharing economy companies who are making Barcelona a better place to live and visit. Today, we released a new study that quantifies the positive economic impact the Airbnb has on one of the most vibrant cities in the world. The study found that Airbnb generated $175 million in economic activity in Barcelona in one year alone and supported more than 4,000 jobs.

As we have seen in cities throughout the world, Airbnb supports local residents and neighborhoods that don’t typically benefit from tourism, boosts local economies, and connects travelers to authentic experiences. The results are no different in Barcelona.

The study indicates that Airbnb attracts new visitors to Barcelona, who are looking for cultural and sustainable experiences. 96 percent of Airbnb guests are looking for an opportunity to “live like a local.” They use Airbnb to explore new neighborhoods, and they stay longer and spend more.

The study also found that Airbnb is an important source of income for local residents who use the platform to share their home: 75 percent of all Airbnb hosts in Barcelona earn at or below Catalonia’s average household income. The majority of Airbnb hosts in Barcelona use the money they earn to help pay their bills and stay in their homes.

Some highlights from the study include:

  • Airbnb attracts new visitors to Barcelona. 61 percent of Airbnb guests were visiting Barcelona for the first time.

  • Guests are looking for authentic, cultural, and sustainable experiences: 96 percent want to “live like a local”, 80 percent use Airbnb to explore a specific neighborhood, and 76 percent are interested in cultural tourism.

  • Airbnb guests stay 2.4 times longer and spend 2.3 times more money compared to typical tourists. They also stay in more diverse neighborhoods throughout the city, and 45 percent of their spending occurs in the neighborhood where they stay.

  • Airbnb is an important source of income for many low-income local residents. 75 percent of Airbnb hosts earn at or below Catalonia’s average household income.

  • 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.

For more details, you can check out the press release here.  We look forward to continuing to work with leaders in Barcelona, and throughout Spain, so that Airbnb can promote sustainable tourism and support even more families and jobs in the years ahead.


Barcelona en xifres

Al desembre, vaig escriure sobre una coalició d’empreses de consum col·laboratiu que estan fent de Barcelona un lloc millor per viure-hi i per visitar. Avui, llancem un nou estudi que quantifica l’impacte positiu d’Airbnb en una de les ciutats més vibrants del món. L’estudi revela que Airbnb ha generat en un any 128 milions d’euros d’activitat econòmica a Barcelona i ha impulsat més de 4.000 llocs de treball.

Tal com hem vist en altres ciutats d’arreu del món, Airbnb dóna suport als barris i residents locals que no es beneficien del turisme, impulsa les economies locals i connecta viatgers amb experiències més autèntiques. Els resultats a Barcelona no són diferents. L’estudi indica que Airbnb atreu nous visitants a Barcelona que busquen experiències autèntiques, culturals i sostenibles. El 96% dels hostes d’Airbnb busquen l’oportunitat de “viure com un local” i utilitzen Airbnb per explorar nous barris, on es queden més temps i gasten més diners.

L’estudi també revela que Airbnb és una font important d’ingressos per a residents locals que utilitzen la plataforma per compartir la seva llar: el 75% dels amfitrions d’Airbnb cobra l’ingrés mitjà per llar de Catalunya o per sota d’aquest. Una gran  part dels amfitrions d’Airbnb a Barcelona utilitza els diners que guanya per pagar les seves factures i fer front a despeses d’hipoteca o de lloguer.

Entre les conclusions de l’estudi destaquen:

  • Airbnb atreu nous visitants a Barcelona. El 61% dels hostes d’Airbnb visitava Barcelona per primer cop.
  • Els hostes busquen experiències autèntiques, culturals i sostenibles: un 96% vol “viure com un local”, el 80% fa servir Airbnb per explorar un barri determinat i el 76% està interessat en el turisme cultural.
  • Els hostes d’Airbnb es queden 2,4 vegades més temps i gasten 2,3 vegades més diners que els turistes típics. També s’allotgen en barris més diversos arreu de la ciutat i el 45% de la seva despesa es fa al barri on s’allotgen.
  • Airbnb és una font d’ingressos important per a molts residents locals amb ingressos baixos. Un 75% dels amfitrions d’Airbnb cobra l’ingrés mitjà per llar de Catalunya o per sota d’aquest.
  • Els amfitrions d’Airbnb gasten el 60% dels ingressos obtinguts mitjançant Airbnb en les despeses domèstiques més importants. Un 53% dels amfitrions afirma que els seus ingressos amb Airbnb els han ajudat a fer front a despeses d’hipoteca o lloguer.

Si en vols més detalls, pots revisar la nota de premsa aquí. Desitgem seguir col·laborant amb les institucions a Barcelona, i a Espanya, perquè Airbnb pugui promoure un turisme sostenible i donar encara més suport a les famílies i als llocs de treball potencials en els pròxims anys.


Barcelona en números

En Diciembre, escribí sobre una coalición de empresas de consumo colaborativo, que están haciendo de Barcelona un sitio mejor para vivir y visitar. Hoy, lanzamos un nuevo estudio que cuantifica el impacto positivo de Airbnb en una de las ciudades más vibrantes del mundo. El estudio revela que Airbnb ha generado en un año 128 millones de euros de actividad económica en Barcelona y ha impulsado más de 4.000 puestos de trabajo.

Tal y como hemos visto en otras ciudades alrededor del mundo, Airbnb apoya a los  barrios y residentes locales que no se benefician del turismo, impulsa las economías locales y conecta a viajeros con experiencias más auténticas. Los resultados en Barcelona no son diferentes. El estudio indica que Airbnb atrae a nuevos visitantes a Barcelona, los cuales buscan experiencias auténticas, culturales y sostenibles. El 96% de los huéspedes de Airbnb buscan la oportunidad de “vivir como un local” y utilizan Airbnb para explorar nuevos barrios, donde se quedan más tiempo y gastan más dinero.

El estudio también revela que Airbnb es una fuente importante de ingresos para residentes locales que utilizan la plataforma para compartir su hogar: el 75% de los anfitriones de Airbnb cobra el ingreso medio por hogar de Cataluña o por debajo de éste. La mayor parte de los anfitriones de Airbnb en Barcelona utiliza el dinero que gana para pagar sus facturas y hacer frente a gastos de hipoteca o alquiler.

Entre las conclusiones del estudio destacan:

  • Airbnb atrae a nuevos visitantes a Barcelona. El 61% de los huéspedes de Airbnb visitaba Barcelona por primera vez.
  • Los huéspedes buscan experiencias auténticas, culturales y sostenibles: un 96% quiere “vivir como un local”, el 80% emplea Airbnb para explorar un barrio determinado y el 76% está interesado en el turismo cultural.
  • Los huéspedes de Airbnb se quedan 2,4 veces más tiempo y gastan 2,3 veces más dinero que los turistas típicos. También se alojan en barrios más diversos a lo largo de la ciudad y el 45% de su gasto se efectúa en el barrio en el que se alojan.
  • Airbnb es una importante fuente de ingresos para muchos residentes locales con ingresos bajos. Un 75% de los anfitriones de Airbnb cobra el ingreso medio por hogar de Cataluña o por debajo de éste.
  • Los anfitriones de Airbnb gastan el 60% de los ingresos obtenidos a través de Airbnb en los gastos domésticos más importantes. Un 53% de los anfitriones afirma que sus ingresos a través de Airbnb les ha ayudado a hacer frente a gastos hipoteca o alquiler.

Si necesitas más detalles, puedes revisar la nota de prensa aquí. Estamos deseando seguir colaborando con los instituciones en Barcelona, y en España, para que Airbnb pueda promover un turismo sostenible y apoyar aún más a las familias y a los potenciales empleos en los próximos años.

More good news in Amsterdam/Meer goed nieuws uit Amsterdam

Lees in het Nederlands.

Today, the Amsterdam City Council gave final approval to a new policy that embraces home sharing and makes Amsterdam a pioneer in the global sharing economy.

The policy makes it easy for local residents to share the home in which they live, while simultaneously cracking down on illegal hotels that abuse the system. This policy is great news for the Airbnb community in Amsterdam. The new policy is also an excellent example of how policymakers can create innovative policies that embrace the sharing economy and make cities better places to live, work and visit.

Under the new rules:

  • A new category of accommodation was created, called “Private Rental”, which allows local residents to rent the home in which they live on an occasional basis.

  • Hosts will be required to pay all applicable taxes, including income and tourist tax.

  • If the rentals generate noise or nuisance complaints from neighbors, or if there is evidence that the residence is rented out as a business, law enforcement may investigate.

You can get more details by visiting the city’s website. Also see our information on the rules in Amsterdam.

We hope these policies and the thoughtful process that generated them can inform cities around the world. We’re honored that leaders in Amsterdam took the time to learn about our community and the sharing economy. They saw how this activity is helping local residents afford to stay in their homes and is enabling visitors to explore the city more sustainably; and they crafted rules that make it easy for people to do just that.

We look forward to continuing to work with city officials in Amsterdam as this policy goes into effect, and with policymakers around the world.



Read in English.

Vandaag gaf  de Gemeente Amsterdam haar finale akkoord voor een nieuwe regeling die de deeleconomie omarmt. Deze regelgeving maakt Amsterdam wereldwijd een voorloper op dit gebied.  De nieuwe regeling maakt het niet alleen gemakkelijker voor  lokale bewoners om de woning waarin ze leven te delen met anderen, maar maakt  tegelijkertijd ook korte metten met illegale hotels die misbruik maken van het systeem. De nieuwe regeling is dus goed nieuws voor de Airbnb community in Amsterdam. De nieuwe regeling is een uitstekend voorbeeld van hoe beleidsmakers innovatieve regels kunnen vaststellen die de deeleconomie omarmen en steden nóg betere plekken maken om te leven, wonen en bezoeken.

Onder de nieuwe regels geldt het volgende:

  • Er is een nieuwe accommodatiecategorie gecreëerd, de zogenaamde “particuliere vakantieverhuur” , die lokale bewoners toestaat om hun woning waarin ze leven incidenteel te verhuren.

  • Verhuurders zijn verplicht alle aanverwante belastingen te betalen, inclusief toeristenbelasting.

  • Indien de verhuur geluidsoverlast of andere overlastklachten bij de buren veroorzaakt, of wanneer er indicaties zijn dat de woning op professionele basis wordt verhuurd, kunnen de handhavingsdiensten verder onderzoek instellen.

Meer informatie kunt u vinden op de website van de Gemeente Amsterdam en hier vindt u meer informatie over de regels in Amsterdam.

We hopen dat dit nieuwe beleid en het doordachte proces dat aan de oorsprong lag van de nieuwe regels, steden wereldwijd kunnen inspireren. We zijn erg vereerd dat de Gemeente Amsterdam de tijd heeft genomen om onze community en de deeleconomie te leren kennen. Zij zagen hoe particuliere vakantieverhuur lokale inwoners helpt om in hun huizen te kunnen blijven wonen en hoe het bezoekers in staat stelt om de Gemeente Amsterdam op een duurzame manier te ontdekken; en ze ontwierpen regels die het gemakkelijk maken voor mensen om precies dat te doen.

Wij kijken ernaar uit om te blijven samenwerken met de beleidsmakers in Amsterdam  nu dit nieuwe beleid in werking treedt, en met beleidsmakers wereldwijd.