Turisme de Barcelona reinforces its commitment to the promotion of sustainable tourism in the city with the creation of the new programme Barcelona Sustainable Tourism in 2012, which encourages the participation of enterprises that are working to ensure environmental, cultural and socio-economic sustainability. The programme brings together establishments and services that make it possible to enjoy the city sustainably.
The main objectives of Barcelona Sustainable Tourism are:
- To establish Barcelona's position as a destination for international tourism sustainable and responsible to reinforce its image and prestige.
- To promote the city to a target group already aware of sustainability issues that wants to discover Barcelona according to sustainability criteria.
Barcelona has become the first city in the world to be awarded Biosphere certification. The award recognises the city as a sustainable tourism destination committed to developing responsible tourism and including sustainable, environmental, cultural and socio-economic management criteria. The certification is promoted by Turisme de Barcelona and Barcelona City Council.