Barcelona hits Airbnb and HomeAway with $ 630,000 fine

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Barcelona‘s overtourism problem goes beyond Airbnb and HomeAway, but moves like this draw attention to the problem the city is grappling with.

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Barcelona authorities have announced that they will be fining Airbnb and HomeAway vacation rental websites 600,000 euros ($ 633,000) for offering accommodation that does not have the necessary permits, as part of the latest move to to curb mass tourism in the Spanish city.

Barcelona mayor Ada Colau told Catalunya Radio on Thursday that while tourism was a positive asset for the city, it had grown too much and was preventing residents from accessing housing.

City Hall said the two companies continued to offer unlicensed housing despite receiving lower fines earlier this year for the violation.

Barcelona, ​​located in northeastern Spain, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

Colau, a former activist with an anti-eviction group, has vowed to curb excess tourism in the city following complaints from residents.

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