For years, European and North American countries have attracted the largest number of tourists every year, however, the trend is beginning to change and new players are beginning to ‘push’ the tourism sector.
According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2017, the tourism industry moved $ 7.6 billion worldwide and created 292 million jobs in 2016.
The movement of people is unprecedented, international tourist arrivals increased from 25 million in 1950 to 1.2 billion the previous year.
For years, North America and Europe have dominated as major regions of tourism attraction. In fact, in the index, Spain, France and Germany occupy the first three places.

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The World Economic Forum estimates that by 2030 most of the growth in international travel will come from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, which will allow employment growth and greater opportunities in these regions.
The index points out that since the global financial crisis, tourism spending in developing countries has grown faster than advanced economies (a trend that is expected to continue).

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In the results of the index, it was found that 12 of the 15 countries that have improved the most with respect to the competitiveness of tourism are emerging markets.
In the next 10 years, countries like Brunei, Thailand, China, Oman, Mozambique and Vietnam are expected to be among the 10 fastest growing leisure destinations.


This suggests that developing countries are catching up, providing better competitive conditions in this sector. “They will have to be more and more prepared to attract the millions of tourists who will arrive in the coming decades.”



Barcelona is one of those non-state capitals that achieved the victory after uniting the different political administrations of the state, public and private support, the push of the athletes themselves and the federations and the general public, which was demonstrated in The high participation of volunteers who registered to live the Games from within, from the organization itself. They all rowed in the same direction until Barcelona lit up like a beacon lights up in the closed night.


The success was accurate from all points of view, sporting, organizational, citizen, clear and forceful reflection of the trajectory of Barcelona and Catalonia also, that got to organize in 1936 a Popular Olympiad, after exploding the civil war. The associative character, synthesized in the hundreds of clubs, and the motto Esport i Ciutadania of Josep Sunyol, acted as motor of the project led by the alcaldes Narcís Serra and, later, Pasqual Maragall. The Olympic Games of 1992 culminated the universal vocation of Barcelona initiated with the Exposition of 1888 and finished with the International Exhibition of 1929.
The state sport stopped hibernating and the city of Barcelona underwent an unprecedented transformation, at a unique urban level, as it managed to open the city to the sea while the competition was held mostly on the mountain of Montjuic. The ambition of liberal and political professionals was reflected in a major work that consisted of taking the Eixample to the Mediterranean, building the rounds and a new coastline, transforming the Poble Nou into an Olympic Village and recovering Montjuïc. The illusion arrambló with the shacks and the chiringuitos and a city was propitiated for the tourist invasion, today very visible and reason of debate in the City council that has like mayor to the social activist Ada Colau.

The foreigner discovered a contemporary country, a city like Barcelona turned into a shuttle of Spain, a memory so extraordinary that many people would like to revive when the circumstances with the Winter Games. The Barcelona of 2017 has nothing to do with that of 1992. It has changed the look towards the city and the city feels different, so much so that there are those who ask if that transformation then assumed did not also modify an identity that will no longer recover, A thing that is surely the duality of Barcelona and Catalonia: “seny i rauxa, sea and mountain, summer and winter.”



A total of 8,425 people with disabilities in Catalonia will benefit from the Youth Employment Operational Program (POEJ) and the Operational Program for Social Inclusion and the Social Economy (Poises).

In addition, thanks to these programs, 1,351 students will be trained in Catalonia and 1,932 work placements will be obtained for people with disabilities.


Following the efficient management since 2000 of two operational programs to combat discrimination against people with disabilities, the ONCE Foundation and Inserta Employment have once again received the backing of the ESF and now aim to achieve more than 66,800 direct beneficiaries, Of which 30,800 will receive training to improve their employability and 16,700 will be awarded a labor contract.
The Youth Employment Operational Program is aimed at young people with disabilities between 16 and 29 years old who must be discharged in the National System of Youth Guarantee to benefit from the actions programmed. This program is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative.


As reflected in different statistical sources, collected at the Observatory on disability and the labor market in Spain of the ONCE Foundation (Odismet), young people with a disability certificate aged between 18 and 24 represent 4.8% of the total population with Disability of working age.
In view of the data, Inserta Employment puts in place a set of actions for the activation and capture of hidden talent, guidance and counseling and accompaniment to the young person in the job search, as well as advice to the employer and the analysis of positions And identification of offers, apart from the intrinsic tasks of labor intermediation.




“That Barcelona has become a city more and more popular with tourists, there is no doubt that that has caused prices have increased, too.
Do you have a weekend getaway to Barcelona and do not want to spend all your savings? So do not miss the proposals we have to help you organize the perfect weekend without dying in the attempt and spending less than € 100.
Take advantage of one of the many offers of Free Walking Tours. From Gothic Barcelona to the most contemporary area. These tours last between 2 and 3 hours and are a great option to get a general idea of ​​the city and learn a little about its culture and curiosities.

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If you like walking, nothing like climbing up to Parc Guell. At present, the most famous area is closed and can be accessed for a fee of € 7. But if you do not want to spend at the entrance, it is worth equally taking a good walk and getting lost in the trails of Gaudí park until you reach the highest part where the views are fabulous.
Continuing the walk, the ideal is to continue walking and crossing the neighborhood of Carmel to end in the bunkers, which are becoming more popular to enjoy the views and the sunset.
To sleep for little money, take advantage of some of the hostels in Barcelona, ​​because you will save money.
If you want to take a cheap tapas and tapas, a great option is to visit the street Blai del Poble Sec. It is a lively street with many places to snack and have a beer for not very high prices.
Another good option, perhaps too popular but with affordable prices, and where you will share laughter and table with other travelers is La Ovella Negra. A place that has become an icon for the amount of liters of sangria they serve each day.
And beware that some hostels organize a Pub Crawl, a group activity with other travelers for the night where you will have important discounts, games and offers.


Dine in the Gothic Quarter, somewhere like Entrepans Conesa, where you canast sandwiches since 1951 with the best cold meats and cheeses. The most famous is the picadillo sandwich, made with ham, loin, chorizo ​​… and recommended for tight budgets. It is not in the letter, but they will be happy to prepare it for less than 2 € if you ask for it.
Some of the museums in Barcelona are free on Sunday afternoons, so take the time to visit them. For example The Picasso Museum has free admission from 15 to 19h. Others like the Cosmo Caixa, which is a very interesting Science Museum, has free entry every day. “

Eva Abal