A Coruña, new member of the Biosphere Destination Community

The City Council of A Coruña has started the path for the continuous improvement of tourism sustainability as a Biosphere destination, with the help of the Responsible Tourism Institute.

During the afternoon of Friday 26 November 2021, the Mayor of A Coruña, Ms Inés Reyes García, and the Secretary General of the Responsible Tourism Institute (ITR) Patricio Azcárate Díaz de Losada, signed the "Charter of Commitment to Sustainable Tourism", with the aim of "promoting a new model of tourism development that contributes effectively to the maintenance and protection of the heritage, cultural and natural assets of the destination and to the sustainability of the economic activity of the companies of the local productive fabric".

At the event, Mayor Inés Reyes García presented this commitment as "the start of a process to ensure that A Coruña is recognised as the first destination in Galicia to obtain international certification recognition that reflects its efforts to comply with the 17 SDGs of the United Nations to build a quality destination for locals and tourists".

Thus, despite the fact that 2021 has been a complicated year, marked by great challenges to face the crisis caused by the global pandemic of the Sars-Cov-2 Coronavirus, Covid-19, the City Council of A Coruña demonstrates its interest and commitment to achieve the development and growth of the destination, being this event its first step on the road to sustainability and continuous improvement.

With the signing of this document, A Coruña begins a process with which to make responsible tourism effective in the destination. From all the actions carried out throughout this process, it will obtain as a result and recognition the Biosphere Destination certification; an objective to be achieved throughout 2022, constituting a distinctive with which to guarantee its firm commitment to contribute to the fulfilment of the 17 SDGs of the United Nations, in the framework of the 2030 Agenda.