Companies that can afford it, invest billions of dollars a year, to reduce and mitigate the environmental and social effects of the damage caused by the manufacture and transportation of their raw materials. These investments need what we know as research and development, infrastructure construction, maintenance and attest that processes are regulated and follow the laws in force.


It is necessary that such companies have incentives to achieve the objectives imposed by the standards and that the consequences of manufacturing and transportation do not directly or indirectly affect the environment. For this reason, the companies invest in state-of-the-art technologies that minimize the decline in environmental degradation, with the idea of ​​not facing costly consequences before governments, courts, public opinion, etc …
Among the problems in which an adequate environmental policy is needed, three stand out: the increasing complications surrounding official environmental assessments, the emergence of the concept of social license and the effects of changes in fiscal and regulatory environments.

At the global level environmental assessment processes have been unduly long, complicated, costly and uncertain. This increases the risks of investment by companies and could lead to the abandonment of probably successful projects. Trying to replace or improve infrastructure has become a global nightmare and the bureaucracy generated around the environment does not help the development of new technologies and innovations to come to fruition, so the first step would be to manage more Agile all that implies the evaluation at the level of Environment.

The concept of social license that exists in many countries has increased the risks of innovations and investments, which could lead to better environmental results. Social license is such a diffuse concept in deciding what projects will be allowed by regulatory institutions, which opens the door to arbitrary decisions and threatens the rule of law. Finally, a company that commits itself to a major investment, whether in infrastructure or innovation, expects a return on its investment. The yield calculated is always hypothetical, since the future is unknown, but one of the determinants of return is the cost of regulation and taxation. A volatile regulatory and fiscal environment discourages investment as it creates additional uncertainty.



The increase of 5% of the labor accident rate in our country is not the only black figure around Labor Day, which is celebrated on May 1. Companies with more than 50 employees do not comply with disability regulations. They should reserve 2% of the workforce to workers with a disability.

Being born with a disability has never been an impediment to Irene Enebral, a receptionist in a psychology bureau who denounces: “There should be no problem in finding a person with a disability.”


She has been working as a receptionist for a month, attending calls that go into the psychology office, but her fate is not available to 1.8 million disabled people of working age.

Of these, one in three is unemployed. Nazaret Jiménez is an example, and is that in the last five years has not been able to find work. “I always think that in any company I will be an ideal candidate,” he says.

He recognizes that being in a wheelchair has closed the door of several companies: “They tell me that I can not access because they do not have adapted seat and because they do not have the adapted entrance.”


Since entities seeking to increase the employability of this group blame the misinformation that no more job openings. “The adaptation is as easy as setting up a table and there is nothing more to do,” says Javier Font, President Famma Cocemfe Madrid.

All help to improve labor insertion is welcome, such as bonuses or the 2% quota reserved in large companies. Although the best impulse is to be well prepared as Nazareth is, whose effort has borne fruit in the end. He has an offer to start work next week.




From INOUT Hostel we have warned of the need to take care of the environment, the obligation to fulfill some objectives with the biodiversity and the sustainability in this case of our installation in the middle of an absolutely natural place as it is the Natural Park of Collserola, green lung of the City of Barcelona and part of the Vallés. INOUT Hostel uses biomass boiler, where the material is burned little by little and its ashes can be used later as fertilizer. Biomass is a very cheap, safe and extremely efficient source of renewable energy with low emissions and contributes to the maintenance of forests or to the recycling of agricultural waste.


Biomass is any organic matter of plant or animal origin that can be treated and used to generate energy. Residues produced by agriculture and forestry, for example, are commonly used for these purposes.
There are many types of biomass and all can be used for heating, cooling and production of hot water for both private homes and industries. With a more complex system, it is also possible to obtain electrical energy and biofuels from this material.

Boilers are activated automatically when a certain temperature is detected. A fuel burner incinerates the material to generate a flame that extends horizontally entering the boiler. The heat produced in this combustion is transmitted to a water circuit that can be used for heating, showers and air conditioning of swimming pools.

To store the biofuel, the boilers must have a good sized container located to one side, with a screw to transport it inland. The ashes that are generated can be collected automatically for later use as fertilizer. Some systems also include an accumulator in which unused heat can be stored.


Forest waste can be treated and processed into pellets of about 5 millimeters in diameter and 2 centimeters in length, to facilitate their use, storage and transport. You can also create larger cylinders called briquettes, these are between 20 and 50 centimeters in length and about 13 centimeters in diameter.

The material to be used will depend on the type of boiler to be used, as the granulometry, density, calorific value, amount of humidity, chlorine concentration and the ashes generated in the combustion will affect the operation of the system.

In general terms, there are four types of biomass boilers:


Conventional Adapters: Old boilers originally used with coal can be adapted to work with pellets. They are economical, but their efficiency is reduced compared to other systems.

Standard: They have high performance and automatic cleaning and supply systems. Most work only with pellets.

Mixed: They work with different types of biofuel and it is possible to change from one to another quickly and efficiently.

Condensation: They are small and work only with pellets. They use an exchanger to heat the water and recover the latent energy of the condensation, thus saving fuel.



Xavi Basora, an expert in the field, we dedicated an interesting post on the clarification of the concept of ecotourism. Xavi gives us his version, his position on the different forms of green tourism and its definitions and differences. Passionate about green tourism that explains step by step what they have learned in manuals and academic texts

What: tourism observation of nature
If we start by the end of the definition (nature observation), the first approach would be the motivation (what). Indeed, the main motivation or interest of tourists when they move to a place is a way to distinguish different types of tourism

In the case of ecotourism, motivation is clear: to observe and learn about nature in a certain place, although the intensity of this desire (and, therefore, the willingness to spend more or less days, to take more or less physical effort to pay more or less, etc.) depend on each person, of course. And that arise in different profiles ecotourists.


The how: a responsible and sustainable tourism
The other perspective of the definition (responsible tourism) has more to do with attitude, with commitment. From whom? Tourists, but also the companies that sell and ecotourism activities of public authorities that regulate and control. In this sense, ecotourism should be, by definition, a form of responsible tourism (and sustainable). In practice, this can materialize in many ways

Confusion ecotourism sustainable tourism
That ecotourism is a form of responsible and sustainable tourism also makes confuse these terms. In fact, the prefix eco- further fueled this confusion because associated eco- sustainable, so many people who first heard of ecotourism immediately think that is the same as sustainable tourism. And no.

Ecotourism is a form of tourism, while the sustainable and responsible tourism is a set of principles, among which include those who have just reviewed, but others outside it desirable that apply to all tourist modalities. If so, we may speak of sun and beach tourism sustainable tourism and sustainable rural tourism and any other type. In ecotourism, the application of these principles is inherent in the definition.

Nature tourism, a concept more understandable?
Nature tourism is the term preferred by some experts (and several government) to refer to ecotourism or, at least, the observation of nature tourism (note that I have not included the “responsible” ). Although the concept may seem clearer to also generates confusion. And, strictly speaking, nature tourism is one whose motivation to observe and learn about nature, but one that is practiced in nature. It may look the same, but it is not.


The name does not do the thing
Possibly many of the concerns associated with ecotourism vanish if ever spoke of “responsible tourism observation of nature.” One name, however, too long to be released and marketed within the canons of tourism marketing. The short name, one you sound better: ecotourism, nature tourism, ecotourism or other.

And as the name does not make it the most important, in my view, is to understand what principles behind it, which are none other than promoting economic activity (based on leisure, in this case) encouraging contact with natural spaces and contributes to preserve them, to know them and respect them, and to encourage people who live there. I just do not understand these principles, but above all promote them and have them very present, either as tourists or as business tourism administrations.

Xavi Basora (Barcelona, ​​1978) is journalist and environmentalist. His passion is to discover areas, near and far, and share their experiences with words and images. Work Space to three works with certain media, as discovered. Believes that our country offers a fascinating natural and seductive worthy of being known, respected and preserved.




The most popular museums are Dalí in Figueres and the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

According to Europa Press, the Catalan cultural heritage generates approximately 3,660 million euros per year, figures that are extracted from the report “Strategic of the sector of the Patrimony in Catalonia, named as Map and Diagnosis and that was presented by the minister of culture, Ferran Mascarell and The general director of Heritage, Joan Pluma.


This report is based on tangible heritage, such as museums, buildings, archaeological and palaeological sites, movable property, documentation centers and audiovisual archives, and intangibles, festivals, cultural associations, and natural heritage, parks and Reservations.

Then, analyzing data from the Institute of Tourist Studies of the Government, the global impact of the heritage is 3,660 million a year, starting with the managers of the heritage museums, collections and archives, with budgets of 390.3 million.

In a second level, the wide range of companies specialized in heritage – such as digitization, storage, transport, replication companies – has recorded a turnover of 211.4 million.

However, there is also an industry that is not specialized in heritage that is included in this amount of income – 32.2 million generated – by producing collateral products and services – such as printing, web design, communication, cleaning, maintenance, insurance.


Finally, the report includes in the total income the expenditure of tourists who claim to visit Catalonia on patrimonial grounds, which totals 3,026.1 million thanks to the 81.25 million Catalan public; 103,27 of the Spanish, and 2,841.6 of the international.

This report has brought to light the list of museums according to their income, leading to the Teatre-Museu Dalí in Figueres (Girona) in the public sector with 15.4 million in revenue and the Museum of the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia Of Barcelona leads the private sector with 3.1 million.



Next we wish from INOUT Hostel to make a decalogue of advantages for which every person should book directly with us, avoiding intermediaries, misunderstandings, information that directly touch the falsehood.

In the world of web 3.0 or 4.0, online booking is an act that occurs millions of times a day around the world, but, are all reservations made relevant? It is a good question, which we should all ask ourselves before booking in a hostel, hostel, hotel or any tourist facility. The phrase that we hear countless times by telephone of our clients “–If I get to know I reserve directly with you ….” should not occur as often as it actually happens.
Our collaborators, internet portals, OTA’s, Wholesalers, etc … are companies that are dedicated to the sale of hotel beds of the category that is, but of course, they do of all the establishments and however much they are In presenting reliably and reliably the particular product of each of the establishments advertised on its website, is not even close to the attention that the establishment itself can offer. This is a reality that everyone should keep in mind if you want to make a hotel reservation and specifically if you are booking at INOUT Hostel.
Here are some questions that the direct reservation with us, directly at the counter, via telephone, through mail or from our official website, which are the direct ways to book in INOUT Hostel:


Reliability of the process of reservation and insertion of data of credit card with the possibility of making the reservation with modalities of payment and alternative guarantees (bank transfer).
Possibility to find exclusive special offers only on this official website, more variety of room types and Free Update if when it arrives a room of superior category is available. Possibility also to make special orders according to your needs.
More variety of room types.

Reservations without intermediaries, managed directly by our staff, the same who will welcome you and assist you during your stay.
Possibility of canceling or modifying reservations (unless otherwise specified in the conditions of the rate) in a simple and specific terms.
Possibility also to make special orders according to your needs.
Enjoy the advantages of assigning your preferred room (always subject to the availability of the Hotel).
No need to pay a deposit, pay the full amount of your reservation on the property.

Another great advantage is that you will always be in direct contact with us. If you need to add another family member, change the date of arrival, or if you would like to stay a few more days or cancel your reservation, we will always be there to help you and receive all the answers and changes requested directly from us.
The large number of travel agencies that swarm by the Network and its attractive offers can make the Internet think that these platforms have the best prices when booking at a hostel. But they are very wrong.
Directly the contracting of extras (like restaurant services, etc.) is facilitated and access to more complete, detailed and updated information.

David Marín

Community Manager

INOUT Hostel


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.

ranking 1

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).

ranking 2

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.

La Sagrada Familia, turismo en Barcelona

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