Improve the position of your business. Bring it to the forefront of sustainable tourism.

* Barcelona was the first city in the world to be awarded with the Biosphere certification from the Institute of Responsible Tourism (ITR) as a sustainable tourist destination.
* Barcelona was the first city in the world to be awarded with the Biosphere certification from the Institute of Responsible Tourism (ITR) as a sustainable tourist destination.

What is it?

The Barcelona Biosphere Commitment to Sustainable Tourism is a programme for companies, services and public organizations in the counties of Barcelona Province aiming to improve their sustainable tourism management and their position as tourism destinations.

What is it?

The Barcelona Biosphere Commitment to Sustainable Tourism is a programme for companies, services and public organizations in the counties of Barcelona Province aiming to improve their sustainable tourism management and their position as tourism destinations.

More and more travellers are opting for tourism that has a positive impact on the city and that is respectful to the local population, the environment and makes an efficient use of resources.

By fulfilling a series of requirements, Barcelona City Council offers tour operators the opportunity to adhere to the Biosphere Barcelona Commitment. This is based on a handbook of best practices that includes the United Nations’ seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In 2011, Barcelona was the first city in the world to be awarded with the Biosphere certification, granted by the Institute of Responsible Tourism (IRT), an independent body promoted by UNESCO, and recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

Benefits of integrating and publicizing sustainable initiatives:

  • Improve your company’s credibility and reputation
  • Attract new customers with environmental awareness
  • Position yourself in an emerging market
  • Differentiate yourself and stand out from your competitors
  • Added value for your products/services
  • Establish new business relationships with other sustainable organisations
  • Consolidate your business in the long term
  • Contributes to promoting a more sustainable tourism industry that is more committed to the environment

Benefits of integrating and publicizing sustainable initiatives:

  • Improve your company’s credibility and reputation
  • Attract new customers with environmental awareness
  • Position yourself in an emerging market
  • Differentiate yourself and stand out from your competitors
  • Added value for your products/services
  • Establish new business relationships with other sustainable organisations
  • Consolidate your business in the long term
  • Contributes to promoting a more sustainable tourism industry that is more committed to the environment

How can I join?

  1. Commit to sustainability
    The label is linked to a voluntary and independent commitment, based on the principles of sustainability and continuous improvement.
  2. We will contact you and send you the necessary documentation to fill to start the procedure.
  3. Receive training and advising
    We will support you throughout the process of meeting the criteria for the standard and will suggest improvements for your company in the area of sustainability.
  4. Develop your Annual Action Plan
    The Sustainable Tourism Committeewill be in charge of validating your company's Commitment to Sustainability.
  5. Congratulations!
    Once the process is complete, you will receive your Biosphere Committed Entity seal.
  6. Take part in Destination Workshops
    We will help you bring in and implement the improvements recommended for you.

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