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9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for this half-day conference in Barcelona, as we discuss the challenges and future of tourism with experts, trade unionists, and green politicians. 

About the event

From the COVID-19 pandemic to the war in Ukraine, inflation to the energy crisis – the tourism sector has been dealt many blows in the past few years. At the same time, mass tourism is itself implicated in several of our biggest challenges today: carbon emissions, housing shortages, crumbling infrastructure, poor working conditions, and the list goes on. As we look to transforming our economies and societies, the green and just transition of tourism is a crucial element.    

In this half-day conference, we will tackle the question of tourism around three dimensions: mobility and infrastructure, labour and public services, and climate and environment. With experts, academics, trade unionists and politicians, we look forward to lively and thought-provoking exchanges.   



This event is part of GEF’s Fair and Carbon Free Tourism project, which aims to identify and create conditions for collective action against detrimental social and environmental impacts of tourism. By engaging stakeholders in partner countries and developing a European transnational discussion on these challenges, we seek to build a community interested to transform this sector in the direction of low or zero carbon intensity and with a specific focus on social and economic justice. 



Aurora Pedro Bueno – Director of the New Green Transition in Tourism department, University of Valencia 

Deborah Pérez – trade unionist at MagmaCultura 

Javier Pacheco – General Secretary of CCOO Catalunya 

José Antonio Donaire – Tourism research institute of the University of Girona 

Pau Noy – President of the Foundation for Sustainable and Safe Mobility 

Sergi Alegre – Fundacio Nous Horitzons 

Tilly Metz – Greens/EFA MEP and member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism [tbc]  

Victor Català – former Blanes City councillor  



10:00 Welcome and Introduction – with Javier Pacheco and Sergi Alegre 

10:30 Tourism, Mobility, and Territorial Balance – with José Antonio Donaire and Pau Noy 

11:30 Break 

12:00 Tourism, Public Services, and Working Conditions – with Deborah Pérez and Victor Català 

13:00 Tourism in a Climate Crisis Context – with Aurora Pedro Bueno and Tilly Metz 



Date and time: Saturday, October 8th (9:30 – 14:00 CEST) 

Location: CCOO de Catalunya Assembly Space – Via Laietana 16, Barcelona  

Language: Catalan 

Registration: Pre-registration is not required, but please arrive on time.  


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The Case for Not Flying

Anthropogenic Venice: Surviving Life in a Lagoon

Steering Tourism to a Greener Course in Belgrade

Seeing Mobility in a New Light



This event is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of Fundacio Nous Horitzons and the financial support of the European parliament to the Green European Foundation. 

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