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NEED TO KNOW 2022

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM: A PRIORITY

Barcelona Provincial Council, Barcelona City Council, Turisme de Barcelona and the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to make Barcelona and its counties a single destination committed to sustainable tourism.

In 2011, Barcelona was the first city in the world to be awarded Biosphere certification as a responsible tourism destination by the Responsible Tourism Institute, an international organisation supported by UNESCO to promote sustainable tourism at every level. Since then, hundreds of enterprises have joined in the commitment to sustainability and Barcelona has renewed its Biosphere Certification until 2024.

Biosphere Certification guarantees compliance with the quality standards of the tourism offer in order to ensure they bring significant benefits to society. At the same time, it recognises the city’s good practices in responsible and sustainable tourism.

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BEST KEPT SECRETS

THE TECH CAPITAL OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

One of Barcelona’s priorities is to become the leading tech hub in southern Europe:

• In 2019, it was the 5th most innovative city in Europe and the 3rd best city for startups (StartUp Heatmap Europe).
• The ICT sector creates almost 60,000 jobs in the city and employment for 5.5% of the working population. It represents 4% of the city’s business network.

Talent is a key element of the city’s economy and Barcelona focuses on the potential of people as a driver of social innovation and the competitiveness of businesses. This is why the city is constantly updating its public policies geared to generating, attracting and promoting talent at education and research centres, startups and large enterprises.

22@Barcelona is an example to follow. This innovative technology district has set the benchmark worldwide as a model for urban, economic and social transformation. 22@ Barcelona has launched numerous social and digital transformation initiatives.

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TOP EVENTS IN 2022

– MWC2022, 61.000 delegates
– ISE (Integrated Systems Europe), 85.000 delegates
– 29th SEAFOOD EXPO GLOBAL/SEAFOOD PROCESSING GLOBAL 2022, 30.000 delegates
– ISF WORLD SEED CONGRESS 2022, 1.500 delegates
– ESC CONGRESS 2022 – ANNUAL CONGRESS OF THE EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF CARDIOLOGY, 33.000 delegates expected
– EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY SOCIETY ANNUAL CONGRESS – ERS 2022, 20.000 delegates expected

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BARCELONA FACT SHEET

Destination population:1,636,732
The number of 4* and 5* category hotel rooms:26,462
The number of 4* and 5* category hotels:223
The size of the largest hall in the city (in m2):43,000
Maximum hall capacity in theatre style (largest hall in the city)14,288
Banquet hall maximum capacity (largest hall in the city):8096
The number of professional studios for digital and hybrid events:15
Average internet speed when organising events (Mbps):33
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MTLG EVALUATION 2021

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DESTINATION FINAL GRADE

BARCELONA INDIVIDUAL GRADES 2021 
Natural and cultural factors4.91
General and transport infrastructure4.87
Tourist infrastructure5.00
Meeting infrastructure4.99
Subjective grade4.86
Marketing Buzz4.96
ICCA index - worldwide ranking4.99
Numbeo Quality of life Index3.43
Numbeo Safety Index3.06
ACI Airport Connectivity Index5.00
Nomad List Overall Score4.07
FINAL GRADE4.61

WHO TO CONTACT

TURISME DE BARCELONA
Passatge de la Concepció 7
Barcelona, Spain
E: ctessmar@barcelonaturisme.com
W: https://www.barcelonaconventionbureau.com/en/

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