Mapping cities using Airbnb ratings

Understanding how tourists look at the city using data!

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How would your city look like, if you mapped the perceptions of tourists about different parts of the city using data from Airbnb?

Beñat Arregi, an architect and data visualisation enthusiast, has explored this idea in his project titled “City maps from tourist feelings” by mapping the rating of each Airbnb listing on a map. The result is an interesting visualisation of how tourists perceive the neighbourhoods in the city.

Of course, it’s hard to derive more meaning into the data visualization as there are many factors behind Airbnb ratings but when you look at it with a level of abstraction, there are some fascinating geographic patterns to it. Data for the project was retrieved from InsideAirbnb and was visualised using Carto.

The visualization is currently available for the following cities (direct links to the maps): Amsterdam, Antwerp, Athens, Austin, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mallorca, Manchester, Melbourne, Montreal, New Orleans, New York, Paris, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Sydney, Venice, Vienna. Certainly a geoawesome project!

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I am one of those passionate “Geo-geeks” and “Geo-people” who is just too excited about everything Geo and Management. Location information and spatial technologies are just too big to take a back seat and watch them revolutionize the world. Always curious and looking for ways to innovate, I guess that it comes naturally by the gene pool I inherited from an engineer Mom and a researcher Dad.