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SUSTAINABLE TOURISM: A PRIORITY
Barcelona Provincial Council, Barcelona City Council, Turisme de Barcelona and the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to make Barcelona and its counties a single destination committed to sustainable tourism.
In 2011, Barcelona was the first city in the world to be awarded Biosphere certification as a responsible tourism destination by the Responsible Tourism Institute, an international organisation supported by UNESCO to promote sustainable tourism at every level. Since then, hundreds of enterprises have joined in the commitment to sustainability and Barcelona has renewed its Biosphere Certification until 2024.
Biosphere Certification guarantees compliance with the quality standards of the tourism offer in order to ensure they bring significant benefits to society. At the same time, it recognises the city’s good practices in responsible and sustainable tourism.
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THE TECH CAPITAL OF THE MEDITERRANEAN
One of Barcelona’s priorities is to become the leading tech hub in southern Europe:
• In 2019, it was the 5th most innovative city in Europe and the 3rd best city for startups (StartUp Heatmap Europe).
• The ICT sector creates almost 60,000 jobs in the city and employment for 5.5% of the working population. It represents 4% of the city’s business network.
Talent is a key element of the city’s economy and Barcelona focuses on the potential of people as a driver of social innovation and the competitiveness of businesses. This is why the city is constantly updating its public policies geared to generating, attracting and promoting talent at education and research centres, startups and large enterprises.
22@Barcelona is an example to follow. This innovative technology district has set the benchmark worldwide as a model for urban, economic and social transformation. 22@ Barcelona has launched numerous social and digital transformation initiatives.
TOP EVENTS IN 2022
– MWC2022, 61.000 delegates
– ISE (Integrated Systems Europe), 85.000 delegates
– 29th SEAFOOD EXPO GLOBAL/SEAFOOD PROCESSING GLOBAL 2022, 30.000 delegates
– ISF WORLD SEED CONGRESS 2022, 1.500 delegates
– ESC CONGRESS 2022 – ANNUAL CONGRESS OF THE EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF CARDIOLOGY, 33.000 delegates expected
– EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY SOCIETY ANNUAL CONGRESS – ERS 2022, 20.000 delegates expected
MTLG EVALUATION 2021
DESTINATION FINAL GRADE
|BARCELONA INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2021
|Natural and cultural factors
|General and transport infrastructure
|ICCA index - worldwide ranking
|Numbeo Quality of life Index
|Numbeo Safety Index
|ACI Airport Connectivity Index
|Nomad List Overall Score