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Barcelona 2019 GDS-Index Report
2019 Performance Overview
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Social
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Performance Highlights
Summary
Environmental
Supplier
Social
Barcelona wants its residents and visitors to enjoy the many attractions that the city offers in a balanced way that respects the environment. Therefore it promotes a model of tourism based on respect for the city's economic, social, environmental and cultural resources. As a result, and because it is always innovating, Barcelona has established itself as a tourist destination committed to sustainability, with responsibly managed tourism and a cross-cutting strategy which seeks to ensure it is a model that will endure well into the future. Barcelona promotes green means of transport for both residents and visitors alike, including cycling, electric vehicles and public transport with low CO2 emissions. For promoting tourism that shares environmental responsibility between visitors and residents, Barcelona has been accredited with Biosphere certification as a responsible tourist destination. Barcelona is a pioneering city in terms of its architectural adaptation of public spaces for everyone, as well as in proposing improvements for the elderly and people with reduced mobility. A city open to everyone, with a wide range of possibilities for tourism related to social responsibility projects".
The celebration in Barcelona in May 2017 of the International Conference on sustainable tourism for development in the framework of the New Urban Agenda, is part of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development declared by the United Nations. The Conference reviewed the Biosphere criteria that apply to urban destinations, based on the adaptation and contextualization of the GSTC criteria to the new guidelines of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the global agreement against climate change of the COP 21 and the New Urban Habitat Agenda 3. The results of the conference are: • Declaration of Barcelona: "Building sustainable tourism in the framework of the new Urban Agenda." • Memorandum Biosphere-Barcelona 2017. Document that updates and reformulates the criteria according to the 17 ODS, as well as enables "the adhesion of companies and services to the commitment of the destination"
Barcelona is an open, cosmopolitan city, where social cohesion is a reality. The Catalan capital is also ranked among the best cities in the world for quality of life, safety and equality. It is a city that is easy to live in, a healthy city with a Mediterranean climate, green spaces and locally produced food. Living in Barcelona ensures a good quality of life.
Summary
Does Turisme de Barcelona  have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Barcelona have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does Turisme de Barcelona  report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
Barcelona wants its residents and visitors to enjoy the many attractions that the city offers in a balanced way that respects the environment. Therefore it promotes a model of tourism based on respect for the city's economic, social, environmental and cultural resources. As a result, and because it is always innovating, Barcelona has established itself as a tourist destination committed to sustainability, with responsibly managed tourism and a cross-cutting strategy which seeks to ensure it is a model that will endure well into the future. Barcelona promotes green means of transport for both residents and visitors alike, including cycling, electric vehicles and public transport with low CO2 emissions. For promoting tourism that shares environmental responsibility between visitors and residents, Barcelona has been accredited with Biosphere certification as a responsible tourist destination. Barcelona is a pioneering city in terms of its architectural adaptation of public spaces for everyone, as well as in proposing improvements for the elderly and people with reduced mobility. A city open to everyone, with a wide range of possibilities for tourism related to social responsibility projects".
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
176 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
Supplier
The celebration in Barcelona in May 2017 of the International Conference on sustainable tourism for development in the framework of the New Urban Agenda, is part of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development declared by the United Nations. The Conference reviewed the Biosphere criteria that apply to urban destinations, based on the adaptation and contextualization of the GSTC criteria to the new guidelines of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the global agreement against climate change of the COP 21 and the New Urban Habitat Agenda 3. The results of the conference are: • Declaration of Barcelona: "Building sustainable tourism in the framework of the new Urban Agenda." • Memorandum Biosphere-Barcelona 2017. Document that updates and reformulates the criteria according to the 17 ODS, as well as enables "the adhesion of companies and services to the commitment of the destination"
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
Social
Barcelona is an open, cosmopolitan city, where social cohesion is a reality. The Catalan capital is also ranked among the best cities in the world for quality of life, safety and equality. It is a city that is easy to live in, a healthy city with a Mediterranean climate, green spaces and locally produced food. Living in Barcelona ensures a good quality of life.
78
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
87
SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX
58
SCORE ON CORRUPTION PERCEPTION INDEX
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About the Global Destination Sustainability Movement

The Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDSM) brings together the sustainability pioneers of the business and leisure tourism world, working with destinations to co-create their tourism and events strategies, benchmark and improve their sustainability performance and transform value chains in order to catalyse regeneration.

Our purpose is to engage, inspire and enable the business events and tourism industry to become more sustainable and regenerative.

 

Our Methodology

The GDS-Index uses 69 indicators that evaluate destinations sustainability performance across four key areas. If you are interested, you can read our benchmarking methodology in detail here.

City Environmental
Performance

Sustainability Strategy

Energy and Emissions

Resources

Air Quality

Transportation

Green Areas

Water

City Social
Performance

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Social Progress

Corruption

Personal Safety

Access to Information

Health and Wellness

Inclusiveness

Supplier
Performance

Hotels

Airport

Agencies (PCOs & DMCs)

Restaurants

Venues

Academia

Destination
Management
Performance

Destination Strategy

Policy and Certification

Governance

Capacity Building

Measurement and Reports

Marketing and Comms

Client Support

Accessibility

Generating Impact

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The GDS­M is not owned by any one organisation. It is operated as a multi-­stakeholder partnership founded and endorsed by IMEX, MCI, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and European Cities Marketing. Gubi Consulting and Guy Bigwood is responsible for the management of the Secretariat.

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