Strategic planning

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

Reports, studies

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

Acceptable change limit (LCA) of Barcelona tourism

Study commissioned by the Directorate of Tourism and prepared by the University of Girona on the tourist carrying capacity of the city of Barcelona. It collects a detailed quantification of visitors and their territorial distribution, as well as a review of their environmental, social and economic impacts.

Barcelona 2021 Observatory

The annual report of the Barcelona International Positioning prepared by the Barcelona Observatory, Barcelona City Council and the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, ranks the city as the 9th most attractive in the world and the 4th in Europe by visitors.

Quantification of the impact of tourism on the municipal budget

Report commissioned within the framework of the Strategic Plan for Tourism 2020 by the taxation and tourism working group of the Tourism and City Council which asked to quantify the impact of tourism on the municipal budget

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Visitmob - Analysis of the mobility of Barcelona's visitors

Analysis of the mobility of Barcelona's visitors and their impact on the resident population’s quality of life, in the post-COVID context.  Study commissioned within the framework of the Barcelona Science Plan.

Visitmob - Analysis of the mobility of Barcelona's visitors


The NAO Group and the Global Destination Sustainability Movement publish a joint White Paper on the roles and impact of tourism taxation in tourist destinations in Europe. The study is launched in association with the European Tourism Association (ETOA) and with the support of nine urban tourism destinations, including Barcelona

Anàlisi de l'impacte ambiental del turisme a Barcelona
Analysis of environmental externalities of tourism in Barcelona

Study on the impact of tourist activity in the city of Barcelona on variables such as water and energy consumption, waste generation, carbon footprint, air quality and noise pollution. Prepared by Barcelona Regional as commission of the Strategic Tourism Plan 2020.


Rules and regulations

Useful documents

Tourism-related international reference documents.

Barcelona Call for Action

The Barcelona Call for Action was presented during the Future of Tourism World Summit, an international summit that brought together industry experts to reflect on the key role of tourism in reviving the economy in the post-pandemic era.

Guide for sustainable tourism (CAST)

In this Guide for sustainable tourism you'll find the challenges and criteria for the evaluation of the tourism sector ahead the 2030 Agenda  

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.