On the 5th – 7th of June 2019, the first edition of the Mediterranean Sustainable Tourism Convention 2019 held in Barcelona, brought together 280 participants from 15 different countries, of which more than a half originated from countries other than Spain. 62,5% of these participants were representing regional and local public authorities, higher education and research institutions.

The Mediterranean Sustainable Tourism Convention 2019, held in Barcelona on the 5th-7th of June, has been the occasion for the MED Sustainable Tourism Community to debate on different aspects of the tourist activity in the region. It promoted as well the encounter of the territorial projects of this thematic community of the Interreg MED Programme with external actors and stakeholders of the tourism sector. They all participated in panel debates, workshops, roundtables and study visits, bringing different stances in the broader view of rethinking the tourism sector’s contribution to a more sustainable and inclusive growth in the Mediterranean region.

The rich two-days programme gathered 280 participants of which about 70 different speakers and an average of 210 attendees, in all of the six plenary sessions (including the opening and closing ones, and the keynote session). On the 6th of June, the number of attendees remained unvaried with an average of 115 participants in each of the 4 batches of parallel sessions, demonstrating a high interest in the various topics presented. The session with the lower attendance , with less than 100 participants, has been the one on the “Coastal and maritime tourism in the Blue Economy”, raising the question of “how much the tourism actors are conscious of the blue economy potential?”
The 7th of June was the occasion for the participants to explore some sites within the Province of Barcelona, that were chosen as examples of best-practices and connected to some of the themes tackled in the panels: tourism and mobility, labels and certifications, and diversification of the tourism offer. The four site-visits, including the Port of Barcelona, the site of Colonia-Guell, the eno-route of Penedés and the Natural Park of Sant LLorenç del Munt i l’Obac, despite the restrictions of each of the hosting sites, gathered an average of 30 participants.