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The Airbnb effect on areas subject to urban renewal in Valencia (Spain)

Alicia María García-Amaya (Department of Urbanism, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain)
Rafael Temes-Cordovez (Department of Urbanism, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain)
Moisés Simancas-Cruz (Department of Geography and History, Universidad de La Laguna – Campus de Guajara, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain)
María Pilar Peñarrubia-Zaragoza (Department of Geography, Universidad de Valencia, Valencia, Spain)

International Journal of Tourism Cities

ISSN: 2056-5607

Article publication date: 15 May 2021

Issue publication date: 6 July 2021




In the past decade, urban tourism has increased worldwide as a result of the development of peer-to-peer (P2P) accommodation platforms such as Airbnb, causing a major disruption to the tourism industry and urban space. The expansion of tourist accommodation in cities has motivated many governments to act, to control its effects and reduce conflicts between tourists and residents. The purpose of this paper is to identify the attractions that have motivated the concentration of P2P accommodation and its effects in specific areas of Valencia different from the historical centre: the Russafa and El Cabanyal-Canyamelar neighbourhoods.


The methodology used includes fieldwork and spatial analysis of factors such as the housing market, tourist attractions, local businesses and urban renewal policies.


The current spatial distribution pattern of tourist housing in Valencia is the result of the convergence of various factors: the initial presence of tourists in some areas; the evolution of certain aspects of the neighbourhood due to urban renewal; the concentration of tourist and leisure activities; the effects of the legal framework


Many researchers have addressed the effects of rising short-term rentals (STRs) in cities, but the causes of their concentration in specific neighbourhoods different from historical centres have not yet been sufficiently investigated. This research looks in depth at the urban causes and effects of the spatial distribution of tourist housing in Valencia, to anticipate possible future concentrations of STRs in other areas and to avoid gentrification. The methodology and results could be applied to other cities. The research implies a detailed and analysis of different aspects that act simultaneously such as the housing market, the evolution of the population and changes in the business.



García-Amaya, A.M., Temes-Cordovez, R., Simancas-Cruz, M. and Peñarrubia-Zaragoza, M.P. (2021), "The Airbnb effect on areas subject to urban renewal in Valencia (Spain)", International Journal of Tourism Cities, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 361-390.



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