Biosphere recognition for the city for good practice in tourism

Biosphere recognition for the city for good practice in tourism

Employment. Tourist lets will be able to benefit from demonstrating their commitment to sustainability with this certificate.

Quality employment may make the difference in providing environmentally, economically and socially sustainable services when the Biosphere certificate is applied around the city’s tourist accommodation. The City Council is working so that the certification helps improve labour conditions in the sector.

Barcelona is one of 17 cities in the world which meet the Biosphere city requisites. The certificate is awarded according to criteria set out by the World Tourism Organization (WTO), which concludes that sustainable tourism certification plays an important role in regulating tourism services, bringing significant benefits for the environment and society.

Since 2011, Barcelona has received recognition for its quality tourism standards and its socially and environmentally responsible management and promotion of sustainable tourism models aimed at generating socio-economic benefits.

The city’s main strengths are:

  • Improvements in access to city beaches.
  • City commitment via the action plan on sustainable energy and the climate.
  • Policy of decentralising tourism, based on a territorialisation strategy.
  • Innovative initiatives such as the tourism fair for young people.

The Biosphere World Class Destination certificate is the result of an audit carried out by the Responsible Tourism Institute, Biosphere Responsible Tourism and Travel Forever GSTC Approved Barcelona.

Barcelona is also a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), an alliance of public, private and international tourism bodies which share the same vision of sustainable tourism.


In a round table based on the study of the labour impact of legal tourist accommodation in our city, the Councillor for Tourism, Commerce and Markets, Agusti Colom, explained that the City Council, already in possession of the Biosphere World Class Destination, is working to apply the certification to tourist accommodation. The aim is to certify and benefit tourist accommodation operating good practices when it comes to creating quality jobs and integrated sustainable services, as well as moving forward in improving labour conditions and the eradication of low wages in this sector.