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Tourism is one of the most important activities in Barcelona, both for the contribution it represents for the city's economy and for the different effects it generates in urban dynamics.
Barcelona has grown as an international tourist destination thanks to the celebration of the 1992 Olympic Games, and tourism is a key factor in the successive transformations of the city.
In 2011, Barcelona was the first city in the world to be awarded the Biosphere certification as a responsible tourist destination, in line with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council's criteria