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"Tourism XXL, Urban Innovation on Tourist Metropolis". 2nd International Symposium

Site: Museum Picasso Auditorium

Year: 28th-29th May 2009

The Symposium addresses the borders, strategies and parameters that define the competitiveness of European cities competing with Barcelona based on its urban-production models, strategic infrastructure, and business-tourism. It was discussed by comparing their levels of connectivity, competitiveness indexes in terms of tourist destinations and their tourist innovation capabilities within urban strategies that bet on new sectors related to ICT and the knowledge economy.

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"Tourism XXL, The European Megalopolis". 1st International Symposium

Site: Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona (CCCB)

Year: 19th- 21rst July 2007

Over the last two decades, South European and Mediterranean metropolis have become new destinations of migration flows – inner and foreign – mainly originating from Europe's northern regions. These geographic areas have been registering, at the same time, a large scale urban sprawl and a fast growth. Today its Mediterranean coast is concentrating 44% of the population and 42% of the GDP. Considering the urban pressure, globalization effects, global warming, low cost airlines and high speed transports and the need of optimizing resources, how do we have to rethink the model of the coast?

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