There is a new resource arriving this month to assist tourists, expats and locals visiting or living in Barcelona. It is called hereBarcelona.com, an online marketplace.
Businesses and individuals can create online profiles ready to advertise their services for free. Bookings can then be taken through the website starting on September 20 with the official launch on the November 1.
This year Barcelona has seen its highest tourism figures to date. With more than 7 million visitors year round it has become a tourist hot spot. The website has been designed to draw on this tourism boom. The goal is to become one of the best options for visitors to plan their stay, with the aim of boosting local businesses at the same time.
Ultimately there will be a large variety of activities and services available all tailored towards tourists and local residents finding out and making use of local services. These include tours, classes, professional services, social dining, rental services, discount vouchers, events, language services, delivery services, beauty treatments and housework services, all available in the Barcelona area.
For those people who will be providing their services to tourists it gives them the chance to get their new businesses up and running or increase their clientele base. Service providers can create services through the website free of charge; they can upload pictures and write a description about their services. They can also include details such as user reviews and shared social connections to help build a reputation and trust among users of the marketplace.
Service providers then create their listings stating the service they can offer, as well as further information like cost and hours they are available. Once the site is launched, visitors can access these services, read reviews and make their reservations.