Econostrum | Economic News in the Mediterranean

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

Written by Frédéric Dubessy on Tuesday, October 13th 2020 à 16:42 | Read 320 times

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.



About is an independent media that deals with the daily economic news of the countries bordering the Mediterranean. Economic cooperation, business news by sector (Industry, Services, Transport, Environment, Society/Institutions), thematic files, airport news, airlines and shipping companies (new destinations)... are treated and analysed by a team of journalists present in the Mediterranean basin. Subscribe to To be the first to know, with unlimited access to all articles. To receive the weekly newsletters and special newsletters sent as soon as our files are published. Automatically renewable subscription, but the reader keeps control of it or yearly subscription. For individuals or professionals...