Message of confidence and unity from the tourist sector

22/08/2017 17:44

Meeting with the economic players to assess the situation after the attack on La Rambla.

The city has thanked the commercial sector for its response at such a hard and difficult time. Hoteliers, traders and business people from the tourist world came together to coordinate their actions and get back to normal as soon as possible.

The city’s economic players have met at City Hall, where they conveyed their gratitude to the public service professionals for their action during the attack and the Mayor, Ada Colau, extended those thanks to the city’s tourist and commercial sectors. Together they wanted to reaffirm the need to work for Barcelona to stay united and be stronger, expressing their conviction that the attack would not lead to a drop in visitors.

“We want to send a message of confidence. More than ever, Barcelona is a city that is open to the world, cosmopolitan and welcoming, one that loves to be visited with lots of humanity. More than ever, we will work to make sure it stays that way”, said Ada Colau.

The City and Tourism Council, a consultative and citizen participation body, will meet in September to assess the situation and discuss launching measures on tourist-related issues. The Mayor announced that the number of booking cancellations just a few days after the attack is not high and assured the meeting that they will be proactive, like the citizens, in dealing with possible effects and give a coordinated response to the needs of the sector and the city.

Ada Colau chaired the meeting and was accompanied by the Deputy Mayor for Economy and Work, Digital City and International Relations, Gerardo Pisarello; the Deputy Mayor for Enterprise, Culture and Innovation, Jaume Collboni; the City Councillor for Business and Tourism, Agustí Colom, and the Councillor for Commerce and Markets Montserrat Ballarin.

The following organisations atended the meeting:


  • Turisme de Barcelona
  • Gremi d’Hotels
  • Cambra de Comerç de Barcelona
  • Foment del Treball
  • Fira de Barcelona
  • Barcelona Global
  • Apartur
  • Associació Catalana d’Agències de Viatges Especialitzades (ACAVE)
  • Pimec
  • Barcelona Oberta
  • Fundació Barcelona Comerç
  • Gremi de Restauració
  • Associació de grans establiments de distribució ANGED
  • Comertia
  • Port de Barcelona
  • Aeroport de Barcelona
  • UGT
  • CCOO

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