International Conference - Sustainable Tourism

Barcelona City Council in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Barcelona, the Catalan Tourism Agency and Responsible Tourism Institute (ITR), are organizing 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 is part of the agenda of the United Nations that declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for the Development, in which cities are a priority field of application of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Local governments have become promoters and guarantors of sustainable and equitable urban development, especially regarding: job creation, sustainable consumption and production, conservation of cultural and natural heritage and fight against climate change. Cities also face the challenge of building a sustainable tourism offer, where visitors and citizens live together in a balanced way, minimizing the negative impacts of tourism and strengthening its link to local economies.

The conference will include the participation of experts in sustainable tourism, climate, innovation and coexistence, among others, as well as of representatives of local governments and business operators and agents. The event will conclude with the presentation of a statement and some guidelines to which all the cities, committed to sustainable tourism, may join.

Documentation of the Conference



Thursday, May 18 th

Title Participants Document
Opening Session
  Jaume Collboni. Second Deputy of Business, Culture, and Innovation, Barcelona City Council  
  Tomás Azcárate. President, The Responsible Tourism Institute (ITR)  
  Taleb D. Rifai. Secretary-General, WTO
  Joan Clos. Executive Manager, UN-Habitat
  Mercè Conesa. President, Barcelona Provincial Council  
  Jordi Baiget. Minister of Business and Knowledge, Catalan Government  
Keynote: Tourism and its impact on territory from a sustainable perspective
Presentation of the new standard of urban tourism Erika Harms. Representant, Biosphere USA and Canadá
Round table: Tourist sustainable and resilient cities, their commitment to climate
Moderator Xavier Suñol. Responsible of Strategic Projects of Sustainable Tourism, Barcelona City Council  
Speakers Marc Castells. Vice-President of the Economic Development Area, Barcelona Provincial Council and Mayor of Igualada  
  Jeremie Fosse. President, eco-union  
  Esteban León. Head of Technical UN-Habitat Advisory Program City Resilience Profiles  
  Janet Sanz. Deputy Mayor for Ecology, Urbanism and Mobility, Barcelona City Council  
Relatoria Chiara Ronchini. Heritage Directorate, Scotland’s Urban Past  
Keynote: Tourism marketing for sustainable destinations
  Xavier Font. Co-director of the International Center for Responsible Tourism, Surrey University
Round Table: Organizational innovation for sustainability in urban tourism (innovation and applied intelligence)
Moderator Patrick Torrent President of Network of European Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism (NECSTouR) and Executive Director of the Catalan Tourist Board  
Speakers Boudewijn Bokdam. Project Manager Development and Market Intelligence, Amsterdam Marketing
  Susana Conde. Chief Executive Officer of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)  
  Marta Farrero. Technical Manager of the Tourist Board of the Tarragona Provincial Council
  Antonio Paolo Russo. Professor of Geography, Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona/td>
Relatoria Àngel Díaz. President Advanced Leisure Services (ALS)  
Round Table: Heritage and creative capacity of cities
Moderador Peter Debrine. Senior Project Officer, UNESCO World Heritage  
Ponents Caroline Couret. Creative Tourism, Barcelona  
  Diane Dodd. Director of International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism, Barcelona
  Rosa Serra. Local Economic Development Area Coordinator, Barcelona Provincial Council  
  Petra Thomas. Directora Fòrum Anders Reisen, Germany (TBC)  
Relatoria Cipriano Marín. The Responsible Tourism Institute (ITR)  

Friday, May 19th

Title Participants Document
Round Table: Application of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to urban tourism
Moderator Yolanda Perdomo. Director of UNWTO Affiliate Members
Speakers Xavier Font Urgell. Head of the Technical Office of Tourism, Barcelona Provincial Counci  
  Nerea Melgosa. Councillor for Employment and Sustainable Economic Development of Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council
  Josep Roig. General Secretary, United Local Cities and Goverment (UCLG)  
Reporter Herbert Hamele. President, Ecotrans
Keynote: Decent work conditions to tranform tourism
  Ernest Cañada. Coordinator at ALBA SUD
Round Table: Citizens and tourists, generating spaces of coexistence
Moderator Antonio López-Gay. Investigator, Centre d’Estudis Demogràfics (CED), Barcelona  
Speakers Younjung Choi. Assistant Manager / Strategic Business Team, Seoul Tourism Organization
  Agustí Colom. Councillor of Enterprise and Tourism, Barcelona City Council  
  Miquel Forns. Tourism Councillor, Barcelona Provincial Council and Sitges Major  
  Ignasi Uñó. CEO & Founder Innovat Hotels | Twentytú Hi-Tech Hostel  
  Maria Youngsin Lim. Representative Citizen Campaign Transformation of Tourism Imagine Peace, Seoul
  Representant. Association of Neighbourhoods for Sustainable Tourism (ABTS), Barcelona  
Reporter Javier Gallego. President, Product Club, Castellón  
Closing session and conclusions
  Tomás Azcárate. President, The Responsible Tourism Institute (ITR)  
Barcelona Declaration
  Agustí Colom. Councillor of Enterprise and Tourism, Barcelona City Council