Barcelona will have to invest €12 million in tourism promotion annually if they do not want to lose out to their direct competition. (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The figure now stands at just over €5 million, compared with the €17 million that prime European destination Vienna spends. Currently, Turisme de Barcelona, who are responsible for promoting tourism in Barcelona outside the city, has a budget of €35.5 million, 30 of which is earned through ticket sales, such as the Bus Turístic or the BCN Card. Of the remaining, three comes from other institutions, mainly the ayuntamiento and the chamber of commerce and the rest of the money comes from the private sector. According to the tourist strategic plan, It is a structure, highly dependent on the development of tourism, as only a very small percentage of the budget (just of the 5 percent of the total) comes from fixed contributions from employers. A bad year, such as experienced in 2008 to 2009, when the tourist bus took only 2,076,785 and 1,913,419 passengers compared to 2,181,599 in 2007, can greatly destabilise the budget. The report warns that, "it is a strong factor in giving you greater independence, but also a weak point, since it can not compete with certain destinations with bigger budgets. Moreover it creates the paradox where, when the number of visitors decreases, it implies a decline in resources in promoting, at a time when it is most necessary.
Catalunya has been put on orange alert for risk of storms (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The Agencia Estatal de Meteorología has put, over the entire state, 19 counties on alert, threatened by heavy rains. The orange state, which translates as high risk, is the result of a pocket of cold air situated on the eastern half of Andalusia, Malaga and northeastern areas of Cadiz, which could travel to the north of the peninsula. Besides Catalunya, Cuenca and Albacete, the three provinces of Aragon and the three of Valencia are also on orange levels of alert. Ángel Rivera, a spokesman for AEMET, said that this Thursday evening, the storm will reach the Mediterranean and become very weak and it will be Friday when the "map will return to green" when the temperatures will return back to a "typical summer."
No Spanish universities have been included in the list of the 200 best in the world (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2010 has, for the eighth year running ranked Harvard as the best in the world. However, no Spanish universities have made the list, although the Universitat de Barcelona is considered the best is Spain. The list of rankings has been published since 2003 by the Centre for World Class Universities by the Shanghai Jia Tong University and places the University of Barcelona at 201, followed by the Autónoma de Madrid and the University of Valencia. The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) was placed at positions 301 and at 400 the Polytechnic University of Valencia and Barcelona's Pompeu Fabra (UPF) respectively. Finally, the University of Granada, Zaragoza and Santiago de Compostela, ranked between 401 and 500. America is the country which leads the list with eight of the top ten, namely - Harvard, Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, California, Princeton, Columbia and Chicago, and has 54 of the top 100 universities. British universities fair better with Cambridge taking fifth place, one lower than last year, whilst Oxford maintains at the tenth spot. In total 38 British universities are featured in the top 500. In the Asia-Pacific, the highest score was for the University of Tokyo, which gained 20th place, followed by Kyoto, in 24th.