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The Barcelona Chamber of Commerce wants to make tourism companies more sustainable

As in all major European cities, tourist activities have been very much affected by the impact of Covid-19 (photo: F.Dubessy)
As in all major European cities, tourist activities have been very much affected by the impact of Covid-19 (photo: F.Dubessy)
SPAIN. Faced with the impact of Covid-19, the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Navigation is going to award €100 K in subsidies to Barcelona tourism companies to help them overcome the crisis.

This action is being carried out as part of the European "Tourban" project (for Tourism Urban - Urban Tourism), a consortium led by the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and developed in cities in seven countries (Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Budapest and Kiel) over the period September 2020 to March 2023. It is 75% financed by the European Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME) and has a budget of €1.32 million, of which €230.6 million comes from the Catalan Chamber.

Tourban wants to encourage small and medium-sized tourism companies to adapt to more sustainable business models, from an environmental, economic and social point of view. "Through innovation, the incorporation of new technologies and business models of the circular economy or the adoption of sustainability certificates, companies will be able to reduce their consumption and costs", says a press release from the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce published on Monday 12 October 2020.
In addition, training sessions, workshops and international networking activities for businesses in the Catalan tourism sector will also be offered with the aim of helping to improve their competitiveness and sustainability.

The Tourban project will provide subsidies totalling €600 K for companies, of which €100 K will be for Catalan companies.


Frédéric Dubessy

Tuesday, October 13th 2020

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