Following the launch of Experiences in Barcelona in February 2017 and the launches in Madrid and Seville in the second half of the year, Experiences are expanding rapidly in Spain. In just over a year, the total number of Spanish Experiences bookable on Airbnb have grown 29X, including activities that spread the benefits of tourism beyond major hot spots. Examples include horse riding through medieval villages near Barcelona, beekeeping and honey tasting workshops outside of Madrid, or routes focused on the fauna and flora of the Doñana National Park.
On the back of this success, and given the Spanish enthusiasm for sharing their passions and skills with travelers who want to experience the real Spain, Airbnb is pleased to announce that, starting today, anyone who wants to become an Experience Host in Spain (including individuals, tour guides and travel agencies), can now apply to offer an Experience on the platform.
The acquisition of the Barcelona-based startup Trip4real in 2016 has supported the expansion of Experiences around the world. Airbnb Experiences have already been available for more than a year on the platform. During this period, we’ve seen Experiences grow 25X faster than Homes did in the first year. We are delighted to see how popular these Experiences are proving and it’s a great pleasure to invite anyone in Spain who wish to host Experiences and share their skills and passions with travelers to submit an application.
Arnaldo Muñoz, Country Manager for Airbnb in Spain and Portugal
Airbnb Experiences are booming
Up until now, guests visiting Spain could book over 580 Experiences in Madrid, Seville and Barcelona – a destination that ranks as number one globally in terms of the popularity of its Experiences. Starting today, guests will be able to book Experiences in popular destinations such as Mallorca, Ibiza and Costa Blanca, with other locations such as Tenerife, Granada, San Sebastian, Malaga and Valencia to be added in the coming months.
Some facts about Airbnb Experiences in Spain:
- The most popular categories among the guests are Food, Nature, Sports and History.
- The average cost is $52 per person per Experience.
- The total number of guests who have booked an Experience in Spain has multiplied by 7 in the past year.
With more than 5,000 experiences in 60 destinations, bookings of these activities through the platform have increased by 2500 percent in the last year. Throughout 2018, Airbnb will redouble its efforts in promoting Experiences with new destinations and categories: the platform foresees offering these activities in more than 1,000 locations before the end of the year, including remote destinations such as the Easter Island, Tasmania and Iceland.