Published in 14 de March de 2018
With the aim of creating a sign of commitment for tourism sustainability based on the “Biosphere Certification” and promoting good practices in the sustainable management of tourism companies and services, its recognition through the distinctive, the Diputació de Barcelona and the Chamber of Commerce have promoted the sign of “Commitment to Biosphere Sustainability”. A recognition, which this morning, has collected 245 companies and services in the demarcation. Among them is the Museum of the Technique of Manresa.
The “Commitment to Sustainability Biosphere” wants to extend the culture of tourism sustainability to companies and tourist services in the Barcelona counties. This is a program developed by the Diputació de Barcelona, with the support of the Institute of Responsible Tourism (ITR), whose main purpose is to implement more sustainable management in all agents of a tourist destination. The deployment and territorial implementation of the program is articulated with the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, as a representative entity of the business sector of the regions of Barcelona and with a great territorial implantation, and the 11 regional tourism management entities in agreement with the Diputació of Barcelona.
In this way, the Diputació de Barcelona has promoted, along with the Institute of Responsible Tourism and the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, a methodology to guarantee the quality and sustainability of tourist services of a destination, public and private. A methodology that allows to acquire sufficient abilities for the sustainable management of these tourist services, in close relation with the different tourist services of the Destination. As a result of this voluntary implementation, the participating tourist services obtain the sign of “Commitment to Biosphere Sustainability”, annually renewable.
With this methodology, the Diputació de Barcelona has “Biosphere Certification” through its tourism brands and, from now on, tourism services and companies can be involved with their sustainability through the “Biosphere Commitment” .
In 2017, the Institute of Responsible Tourism, a body linked to UNESCO and partner of the World Tourism Organization and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, granted the Diputació de Barcelona and the three tourism brands of the demarcation – “Costa Barcelona”, “Paisatges Barcelona” and “Pirineus Barcelona”, the Biosphere certification as a sustainable tourist destination, a pioneering certification, based on the 17 Sustainable Development goals of the United Nations included in Agenda 2030.