AHS-P2-5. Impact of COVID-19 on Tourism in Spain

Apoorva Chauhan1, 2
Viviana Avila Gonzalez2
Taylor Nagai3
James Meyer4
Faculty Mentor: Kimberly Nehls, Ph.D.3
1Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering
2Lee Business School, Department of Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology
3Lee Business School, Department of Marketing and International Business
4Lee Business School, Department of Accounting

The objective of this analysis was to quantify the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism industry in Spain by looking at Airbnb revenues and bookings, and to learn whether the Airbnb data could indicate if the industry was recovering. Airbnb has grown exponentially in popularity since the onset of COVID-19, and looking at Airbnb revenue and bookings may be more indicative of a country’s tourism industry than looking at traditional hotels. Two open source datasets taken from Statista were used in this analysis: Airbnb revenue in Spain from 2015 & 2019 and COVID-19 impact on Airbnb bookings in the GB, France, Spain and Italy 2020-2021. The second dataset was filtered to show only the Spain data. From the first dataset, it can be seen that Airbnb revenue had a 181% increase in the span of four years. From the second dataset, it can be seen that when the first case in Spain was reported on January 31st of 2020, Airbnb bookings had experienced a sharp decline from the previous week, of 15%. After reaching an all time low during the week of March 30th, 2020, with a decline of 97% in bookings, there had been a steady increase until mid July of 2020. While the data is not steadily increasing, the overall trend does show that Airbnb bookings are increasing, though they are still about 20% less than the pre-COVID bookings of 2020. This data corroborates with the increase in tourism to Spain, which is 78% compared to 2020.


Nov 15 - 19 2021


All Day


AHS: Poster Session 2
The Office of Undergraduate Research


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