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Barcelona, a global convention destination

Posted on 12-04-2016
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This year, Barcelona is hosting a total of 16 major conventions with more than 2,000 representatives, according to data provided by the Convention Bureau of the Barcelona Tourism Office. Information technology, technology, medicine, and health are some of the main fields covered by these events.

The most important convention and the one with the strongest repercussion is the Mobile World Congress, which took place in February. This year’s edition had a record number of attendees—more than 100,000—and welcomed 2,200 companies from 204 countries. Throughout the event, Barcelona positioned itself at the forefront of technology with first-rate conferences and presentations of products that will set this year’s trends.

Other important conventions include the Euro Attractions Show, the Annual Congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine-EANM, and the Annual Congress of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society –CIRSE. November will mark the IBTM, which is a must for leaders of the global incentives and events industry.

In addition to the major conventions, 2016 will also include a large number of trade shows. Some of the most popular are Alimentaria, Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week, B- Travel, Motoh! Barcelona, the Barcelona International Comic Fair, Cosmobelleza, Denim Fashion International, Denim fashion Week, CPhI Worldwide, and the International Boat Show.


MonthNameRepresentatives
February

Mobile World Congress

101,000
April

APG – SEG CONGRESS 2016 – SOCIETY OF EXPLORATION GEOPHYSICISTS

3,000
April

INTERNATIONAL LIVER CONGRESS 2016 -ILC-

9,500
May

EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF SPORTS TRAUMATOLOGY, KNEE SURGERY AND ARTHOROSCOPY- ESSKA 

4,000
May

2nd EUROPEAN STROKE ORGANISATION CONFERENCE – ESOC 2016

3,000
May

EUROPEAN HUMAN GENETICS CONFERENCE 2016

2,500
June

ESMO 18th WORLD CONGRESS ON GASTROINTESTINAL CANCER

3,200
August

AMEE – ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION IN EUROPE 2016

3,500
September

ANNUAL CONGRESS OF THE CARDIOVASCULAR AND INTERNATIONAL RADIOLOGICAL SOCIETY – CIRSE 2016

6,500
September

EURO ATTRACTIONS SHOW 2016

8,000
October


EACTS 2016 EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR CARDIO – THORACID SURGERY

5,000
October

ANNUAL CONGRESS OF THE CARDIOVASCULAR AND INTERVENCIONAL RADIOLOGICAL SOCIETY – CIRSE 2016

6,000
November

SMART CITY EXPO WORLD CONGRESS 2016

4,000
November

HIMSS EUROPE WORLD OF HEALTH IT – WoHIT 2016

2,500

November

IBTM WORLD 2016
15,000
December

NIPS CONFERENCE 2016 – Annual Conference on Neuronal Information Processing System

3,000

Barcelona remains committed to social innovation projects


Internally, the aim is to promote the city as a destination for conventions related to emerging industries such as social innovation, sustainability, energy efficiency, mobility, etc., while positioning the city as a reference for business tourism through the strategy of attracting major international conferences and offering the city’s appeal to those events.

Smart City Expo will return to Barcelona in November along with trends in the field of urban innovation and the latest smart city concepts that cover public services, the environment, mobility, infrastructures, communications, tourism, research, and innovation. 

Shotl has been present at several editions as a smart mobility project aimed at reducing the environmental impact while helping citizens get around easily and conveniently. The goal of a smart city is to evolve and reinvent itself towards an increasingly sustainable, human and collaborative concept in which citizen participation and involvement are essential.

An event related to sustainability and energy efficiency with a technological focus is the iWater trade show that covers the entire water cycle as well as its recycling, management, and consumption. It aims to position itself as the international benchmark event in this field. Another example is European Utility Week, which brings together energy professionals and businesses to present the industry’s latest trends and innovations.