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From Berlin to Barcelona; will Airbnb ruin our most loved cities?

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Kristie Hernandez
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It is a truly global phenomenon.

Yet, just as Uber s attempts to shake up the taxi market has met resistance, Airbnb finds itself a victim of its own success as cities and countries wake up to the fact that the cute new kid on the block has been transformed into an 800lb gorilla.

This is certainly how the company likes to portray itself – a platform that allows the little guy to build up a complementary industry, one that increases the size of the hospitality pie rather than takes a slice from existing businesses.

In a statement to the Observer, it said: It is disappointing – but not surprising – to see attacks on new forms of travel that put money in the pockets of local residents and support small businesses outside hotel districts.

But not all governments and authorities buy into the home-sharing concept.

They buy three or four flats in the city and it s too much.

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