Strategic planning

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

  • 11/05/2018
  • 15/11/2017
    Tourist Mobility Strategy in Barcelona

    The Tourist Mobility Strategy (EMT) provides a global analysis of the city's tourist mobility in order to design new urban policies. The EMT aims at offering an answer both to the Urban Mobility Plan (PMU 2013-2018) as well as to the challenges and goals for the Strategic Plan for Tourism (PET20).

  • 30/01/2017
    Strategic Plan for Tourism 2020

    The new Strategic Plan for Tourism provides new tools and procedures to build future scenarios in a sustainable way. The objective is to promote tourist activities as a source of wealth and generate a greater return for society.

  • 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.

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.

Reports, studies

Grounds for applying tourist marketing for a sustainable destination: the case of Barcelona

Report commissioned under the Strategic Tourism Plan for 2020, featuring suggested guidelines for promoting destination Barcelona with the main aim of ensuring its sustainability.

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.

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

Annual activity reports

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


  • 01/01/2017
  • Citizen participation in the Special Urban Development Plan for Tourist Accommodation (PEUAT)
  • Regulations of the Special Urban Development Plan for Tourist Accommodation (PEUAT)
  • Functions of the City and Tourism Council

Rules and regulations

Press releases

148 press releases
  • Barcelona Tourism calls on companies to get involved in the sustainable destination project
  • The General Tourism Council of Barcelona approves the budget for 2018
  • The City Council of Barcelona entrusts Fira with the management of the CCIB from the year 2021
  • Barcelona emerges as an innovative city and digital entrepreneurship ecosystem
  • Barcelona to lead Biosphere city network and work for the sustainability of tourist destinations worldwide
  • Barcelona participates in FITUR to promote tourism in the city and advertise the work done as a sustainable destination

Press releases issued by Barcelona City Council relating to tourism.

Useful documents

Barcelona declaration

Barcelona City Council, in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Barcelona, the Catalan Tourism Agency and Responsible Tourism Institute (ITR), organized from next 17 to 19 May 2017, the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism for the Development in the framework of the New Urban Agenda. The event concluded with the presentation of a statement and some guidelines about sustainable tourism.

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.

Tourism-related international reference documents.

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.