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ARC - Consulting Service

The Consulting Service (ARC) was created at the University School of Tourism and Hotel Management with a dual purpose: to provide practical application for research projects carried out by CInERT and to specialise in all issues related to Tourism and the Environment.

The ARC´s services are offered to institutions and enterprises of the sector in all their fields.

Services are provided to the sector´s institutions and companies in their different fields. Its multidisciplinary team of experts guarantees a high degree of services.

ARC Services


Product Sector/client

Environmental Management System (UNE-EN-ISO 14001, European regulation 1836/93)

Tourism Establishments and facilities, Public Administration

Encoauditing and environmental assessment

Local Council Companies, Public Administration

Ecotourism and sustainable tourism projects and studies

Public Administration Tourism Council

Hiking trail planning and tourist itineraries

Public Administration

Path Inventories

Public Administration

Plans d´ús públic

Public Administration

Environmental Quality Guarantee Laber for Tourism (DGQA) and Environmental European Label

Tourism Establishments and facilities, Public Administration


Tourism sources inventories

Public Administration Tourism Council


Tourism Publications

Public Administration Tourism Council


For more information on the ARC´s services or to contact us, please send a message to the head of the project, Francesc Romagosa .

Report on past and current ARC Activities

In 1999 ARC collaborated with Naturalesa Conservació, S.L . to carry out a rehabilitation of the Canòlic route (Sant Julià de Lòria, Principat d´Andorra) . The route was adapted as an alternative pathway to the Mare de Déu de Canòlic Sanctuary, the second in inmportance in El Principat d´Andorra . The ARC´s project was accepted by the Comú de Sant Julià and conditioning started in 2000.

In the year 2000, ARC participated in the study of paths, routes and use of the area of the natural park of Montseny: Problem analysis, malfunctions and future possibilities according to the study of Tourism frequencies of the natural park of Montseny . The project was coordinated by Gemma Cànoves Gerda and K. Priestley, and requested by the Provincial Government of Barcelona.

Between 2000 and 2003, ARC worked on an Environmental Management System for the Sitges City Council (Garraf) , within the framework of a Regional Agenda 21. The goal was to design and implant a system of environmental management to enable the city council to be awarded with the EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme certification.) It was an ambitious and complex project which aimed to introduce the concept of continuous improvement in municipal environmental management, while fostering sustainable development and guaranteeing public participation in an open and dynamic process in this important tourist destination on the Catalan coast. The initial stages of the project implementation (technical chart and initial environmental analysis) and the Agenda 21 turned out to be a participative process with successful results in terms of local and sectorial cooperation. More information by clicking the link below:

ARC has been certified as a Collaborating Organisation by the Department of the Environment of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Regional Govt) (Resolution of the 28 March 2001 by the Environmental Council) to carry out inspections leading to the award of the Environmental Quality Guarantee Label for tourism facilities (hotels, campsites, farm-residences, youth facilities). The first farm-residence to be awarded the label was Cal Carulla (Anoia, 2002). Since then, many inspections have been carried out in order to obtain and update the label.

During 2001, ARC collaborated with the company ERF (Estudi Ramon Folch) to draw up the ´Muntanya d´Alinyà Estate Management Plan´ , for the Fundació Territori i Paisatge (Regional Landscape Foundation of the Caixa Catalunya Savings Bank). The ´Muntanya d´Alinyà´ , with its 5,000 hectare surface area in the Pyrenees foothills, is the biggest private estate in Catalonia and was acquired by this foundation for conservationist purposes. ARC studied the estate´s pathways and drew up an access management proposal with the aim of harmonising conservationist objectives and the local community´s socio-economic development concerns while promoting the estate´s cultural and natural values through tourism.

Between 2001 and 2003 ARC worked with DEPANA (´The League for the Protection of Natural Heritage) to carry out a project to establish a pathway around the Aigüestortes National Park and Sant Maurici Lake (Camins Vius Project) . The aim was to promote hiking as an instrument of local development through the recovery of hiking trails that have linked up the valleys around the national park area over the years.

In 2001, a preliminary study was carried out followed by a signposting study during the same year. During 2001 and 2002 a pathway recovery programme was commenced at several points on the route. In 2002 the geographic information for the pathways system was completed in partnership with Naturgest.

The following steps are the creation of a local entity, capable of giving impetus to and managing the planned facilities as well as continuation with the conservation work. More information by clicking the links below page:

In July 2002, ARC and the Nature Foundation worked together in the town planning, infrastructures and sustainable mobility in the framework of the “International Year ofMountains” in Berga.

In 2002, ARC received a grant from the Tourism Department of the ´Generalitat de Catalunya ´ (Regional Government) (Order ICT/107/2002, 19 March) to carry out a study called ´Green tramways as tourism facilities: functional analysis and adaptation. The tramway from Berga to the Fígols mines´. The project is currently in the stage of execution.

Between 2002 and 2003, ARC participated in the report of the Tourism Development Evaluation Model in the Alt Pirineu and Aran boroughs ordered by Consultancy Board for Sustainable Developmentof Catalonia (Government of Catalonia). A copy of the report published in 2004 is available at the end of this page.

In 2003, a project to turn part of the Manresa light railway from Balsareny to Pedret into a footpath (tourist facility) commenced for the Berguedà Borough Council.

In July 2004, ARC organized the International Seminar: "Rehabilitation of footpaths and rambling trail tourism" (la Torre de Capdella, Pallars Jussà, July 2004) in partnership with the Aigüestortes National Park and the Sant Maurici Reservoir.
During 2004 ARC worked on the design of a System of Environmental Management at the EUTDH. At the moment this project is at the implementation stage.

Between 2003 and 2005 ARC and Naturgest, S.L . participated in a series of footpath inventories. Some of which were for the following boroughs: Garraf, Alta Ribagorça, Berguedà, Terra Alta, Baix Camp, Baix Llobregat, Garrigues and Vallès Occidental (all ordered by their Borough Councils); the local inventory of Sabadell (ordered by City Council of Sabadell ); and the Traditional Rural Trails inventory of the La Garrotxa (ordered by the Garrotxa Terra d´Acolliment Turístic foundation) . In this same period, ARC and The Geography Department at the UAB compiled the footpath inventory of the Montseny Natural reservoir (ordered by the Provincial Governments of Girona and Barcelona ).

During the academic year 2006-2007, the Provincial Government requested the Consulting Service (ARC) to participate in the writing of a factual publication about the Vallès Occidental Borough. The ARC also developed a Public Use Plan for Rural Land in Mataró , requested by the City Council. The aim of the research is the development of a pulic use plan of the whole non-buildable area in the municipal district of Mataró. This plan should define access to the land that provides enjoyment and the acknowledgement of the natural and cultural values of the area, considering the valuation of the path´s public infrastructure. The research includes the setting up of the valuation of the paths´ public infrastructure. The research includes the setting up of two inventories: one of natural and cultural resources and the other of municipal paths. From both of them a definition for a model of accessibility to this land was processed.

During the academic year 2007-2008, ARC made a study about access to public facilities in the Ebro Delta Natural Park and interpretation aids for the handicapped. The project was ordered by the Ebro Delta Natural Park and was carried out by practitioners at the EUTDH and the UAB Department of Geography.

Finally, during the academic years 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 ARC has studied the sustainability of tourism in Catalonia. The study involved a sectorial diagnosis of tourism with the aim of:

  • a) Establishing the most suitable frame of reference in order to achieve tourism sustainability.

  • b) Defining what Catalan tourism is currently aimed at and what further essential steps must be taken, in order to achieve tourism sustainability.

  • c) Establishing a profile of Catalan tourism sustainability, commencing with a diagnosis of the current situation. This will enable us to obtain a mid-term and long-term forecast, by means of indicators.

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