The city hosts until Thursday the hall on fairs and congresses IBTM World
Barcelona has confirmed for next year 30 congresses of more than a thousand delegates – 350,000 delegates are expected – and the Barcelona Convention Bureau plans to close 2018 as a year with very good data, the City Council said Tuesday in a statement.
The city will host next year three of the five most important medical congresses, detailed in conjunction with the opening of the fair on congresses and fairs IBTM World, which has opened on Tuesday at the Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via venue and which will be on display until Thursday proposals from 3,000 event organizers from 150 countries.
The president of the executive committee of Turisme de Barcelona and of the show, Joan Gaspart; the councilor of Commerce, Tourism and Markets, Agustí Colom, and the general director of the consortium, Joan Torrella, have inaugurated the show, whose objective is to boost the tourism of meetings, which represented 1,800 million for the city in 2017, 21% more than the previous year.
Gaspart has highlighted the importance of a room dedicated to business and meetings for its impact on the city, while Colom stressed that Barcelona has the ability to attract and maintain “the attractiveness to host professional meetings.”
He stressed that the forecasts “augur a good 2019” and that the Catalan capital is one of the cities best prepared to hold international congresses and fairs, while the director of Turisme de Barcelona, has highlighted the work that is done from the program of the Barcelona Convention Bureau consortium.
CONGRESSES FOR 2019
Among the congresses that will host the city includes the European Society for Oncological Medicine (Esmo), which this year will go from having 15,000 delegates to 30,000, and will also be held in the city after six years of being located in other localities the European congress of diabetes, with 15,000.
A congress of urology will have 13,000 delegates, and the textile machinery Itma provides about 100,000 visitors, and the city already has congresses for 2023 and 2025, such as the Integrated Systems Europe, which in 2021 will take place in the Catalan capital.
The City Council recalled that Barcelona occupies the first international position in the organization of congresses, according to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), with 195 in 2017, ahead of Paris (190), Vienna (190) and Berlin (185) , in a ranking that the city already led in 2004.