Strategic planning

Municipal government programme documents setting out tourism-related policies and initiatives.

  • 06/09/2016
    Strategic Plan for Tourism 2020: Strategic Diagnosis

    This document presents the results of the Diagnosis of the Barcelona Strategic Plan for 2020's preparatory work, out of which comes the strategic proposal for challenges and goals, for laying the groundwork for tourism-based initiatives in Barcelona for 2020. 

  • 20/07/2015
    Boost to the participation process on Barcelona's tourism model

    Government measure presented at the Full Municipal Council Meeting of 20 July 2015. It presents a series of initial legislative measures: suspending permits to provide tourist accommodation, prior to the drafting of the Special Urban Development Plan for Tourist Accommodation (PEUAT) and the drafting of a new strategic tourism plan for 2016-2020 which updates the previous one, and the creation of the City and Tourism Council.

  • 09/04/2015
    Barcelona, city and tourism: Local agreement for the management and promotion of responsible and sustainable tourism

    Participatory process for reflection, with the aim of identifying key challenges that the city will have to tackle over the coming years and formulating the bases for a local agreement for the management and promotion of responsible and sustainable tourism. January - April 2015

  • 29/10/2010
    Strategic Tourism Plan for Barcelona for 2010-2015

    Presented as a government measure at the Full Municipal Council Meeting of 29 October 2010, the Barcelona Strategic Tourism Plan resulted in the start of an extensive process of reflection and examination of tourism and the city. The plan's main interest lies in the role of tourist activity in the city. It set out the action strategies up to 2015.

Reports, studies

Analysis documents and studies on tourist activities and their impact on the city.

Impact of vacation letting on Barcelona's residential letting market

A report which analyses the economic impact of tourist accommodation on the residential market. It comes under the framework of the diagnosis stage for drafting the Strategic Tourism Plan for 2020.

Tourist activity in Barcelona: development and management

A document presenting the features and process developed relating to the successive tourist policies implemented over time in Barcelona.

The tourist sector in Barcelona

A publication that presents the main features of the tourist sector in Barcelona.

Economic impact of tourist activity in Barcelona

A summary of the study prepared by the University of Girona - INSETUR for estimating the economic impact of tourist activity in Barcelona.

Study on social responsibility of companies in Barcelona's hotel network

An executive summary of a study on cases of excellence in CSR in Barcelona's hotel network, “Doing good and doing well”, conducted by the Responsible Tourism Observatory at the Sant Ignasi Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management. Ramon Llull University.

Barcelona Tourism

An analysis of the development of the tourist sector in Barcelona and its environs based on the annual tourism statistics report. A report published by the Barcelona Tourism Consortium in collaboration with the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce.

Statistics and surveys

Statistical data on tourist activities in Barcelona and its surroundings. Reports on the results of tourist-profile surveys, public perception and other important aspects.

  • Tourist activity in Barcelona

    Presentation of the results of a study on tourist characterisation and profiles. Its main aim is to identify the profiles and habits of tourists spending the night in Barcelona. Department of Opinion Surveys at Barcelona City Council.

  • Perception of tourism in Barcelona

    Presentation of results of a survey conducted among Barcelona residents on perceptions of tourism in the city and opinions of current affairs and tourist habits. Department of Opinion Surveys at Barcelona City Council.

  • Tourism statistics in Barcelona city and surroundings

    A publication that summarily presents the main data on annual tourist activity. Barcelona City Council, Barcelona Provincial Council, Barcelona Tourism Consortium.

  • Barcelona tourism activity report

    Annual report that presents the main data on tourist activity in Barcelona city, its metropolitan area and Barcelona province in 2015. Barcelona City Council, Barcelona Provincial Council and Barcelona Tourism Consortium.

Annual activity reports

Summaries of the initiatives carried out at the destination in accordance with tourist-sustainability criteria.


Rules and regulations

Monthly tourist-activity forecasts

Periodic report that enables forecasts of the city's tourist influxes. It covers events on the programme for the coming month with an estimated attendance of over ten thousand people.

Useful documents

Tourism-related international reference documents.

World Charter for Sustainable Tourism +20

The World Summit on Sustainable Tourism, held in Vitoria-Gasteiz in November 2015, reviewed the principles of the World Charter for Sustainable Tourism (1995) and reaffirmed their validity today. This document recognises the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Decision of the Barcelona Ombudsman regarding Tourism

The ombudsman's decision in June 2015 regarding official action on tourism and its impact on the quality of life of Barcelona residents.

The Catalonia 2020 Vision for Responsible Tourism: the Barcelona Declaration

The Barcelona Declaration was agreed at the 7th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD7) held in October 2013. The declaration is based on responsible tourism that respects the development of Barcelona and Catalonia, maintains a balanced relationship between residents and visitors and prioritises economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Global Code of Ethics for Tourism

Declaration signed by the members of the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) in 1999 with the aim of promoting a world tourist order that is equitable, responsible and sustainable, to the benefit of all sectors of society.

Press releases

Press releases issued by Barcelona City Council relating to tourism.

109 press releases
  • Barcelona City Council and the Catalan Government work together to control unlicensed tourist accomodation
  • The City and Tourism Council approves the Strategic Tourism Plan report
  • Berlin, Hamburg and Munich join Barcelona in the city network that promotes sustainable urban tourism
  • Barcelona and New York will create a virtual office to cooperate on issues like housing, tourism, reindustrialization and technologic innovation
  • Barcelona participates in ITB Berlin sustainable tourism exhibition
  • Barcelona City Council presents a new web app at the Mobile World Congress to discover tourist locations in the city