“If they can’t get around the city you are going to lose value from tourism, even if the numbers are going up,” he said. “Overcrowding in key destinations is becoming a pressing issue. Without controls, we know tourism can kill tourism.” Airbnb points out that almost 900,000 guests used it to visit Barcelona last year, spending some €740m – nearly six times higher than in 2013. Three quarters of the city’s hosts have incomes below the national average – evidence, the company says, that its business model can expand the economic benefits of tourism to more people and more areas. When Airbnb arrived in Barcelona in 2009, almost 80% of bookings were in the Old Town. Today, in contrast, almost 70% of bookings are for listings outside the Old Town. Get the full story at the Guardian