- What is involved in accession to the Commitment to Sustainable Tourism – Counties of Barcelona Biosphere?
The Provincial Government of Barcelona and the region’s three tourism trademarks: Costa Barcelona, Paisatges Barcelona (Barcelona Landscapes) and Pirineus Barcelona, have been approved as Biosphere Gold Destinations, an innovative certification based on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which are taken up in the Agenda 2030. Gold status can be acquired after an audit. Further, it requires that, in addition to the Biosphere certification for the destination, work has been done on engagement among the companies, services and public organizations of the destination, which will receive the Biosphere Sustainable Lifestyle certification. This way, and thanks to this certification, companies and tourism services or public organizations located in the geographic area of the 12 counties of Barcelona can benefit from the Commitment to Sustainable Tourism – Counties of Barcelona Biosphere Programme.
- How and when can I begin the accession process?
Send your details and those of your company, tourism service or public organization to email@example.com. Once this information has been received, we will contact you to help you begin the accession procedure. The certification has annual periodicity: it begins in January and ends in December, approximately. Therefore, if you would like to begin the process in the current year, contact us before the end of February.
- How much time should organizations devote to it?
In the first year, there are two training sessions (two mornings or two afternoons), personalized advising from an expert consultant (5 h), the county destination workshop (3 h), the time that each organization devotes to complying with the requisites through the computer platform, and drafting the Improvement Plan. Some organizations complete the entire process in a few months, while others can take nearly a year. As of the second and subsequent years (in which the seal is renewed), please allow for training on demand in tourism sustainability (4 h), personalized advising from the expert consultant (3.5 h), attendance at the county destination workshop (3 h) and the time each organization must devote to updating the requisites of the Biosphere platform and its annual Improvement Plan.
- What is the Destination Workshop?
The Destination Workshop is a working session that will put you in contact with other companies and organizations of the tourism sector of the counties of Barcelona, to generate a network of knowledge, synergies and cooperation. Different topics of interest are worked on to improve the competitiveness of the destination, through workshops for the creation of products, break-out groups, benchmarking, etc.
- What is the process of accession to the Commitment considered complete?
The advising company will confirm that your organization has carried out the improvements specified to achieve the Commitment, and will draw up the relevant verification report, which it will present to the Tourism Sustainability Panel. The final step is validation by the Responsible Tourism Institute. The organizations that have passed the entire process will receive the Biosphere Sustainable Lifestyle certification.
- What is and who makes up the Tourism Sustainbality Panel?
The supervision of the process of Commitment to Sustainable Tourism – Counties of Barcelona Biosphere will be made through the Tourism Sustainability Panel which, regularly convened by the county tourism management body, will supervise the compliance with the certification in the companies and services. The Tourism Sustainability Panel will be made up of individuals who represent different economic and social actors involved in the tourism activity of your county.