Barcelona reaps record delegate numbers in 2002

Barcelona attracted more than 300,000 meeting delegates last year for the first time, an increase of 18% on 2001. The rise was in part down to five large association conferences for 5,000-plus delegates. Overall, the number of meetings held in the city rose year on year by 1.3%, although corporate events fell 2.3%. Overseas delegates accounted for 62% of meeting participants and the UK remains the largest inbound market. “Barcelona is working to enhance its offer to the C&I market,” said CVB product manager Elena Altemir, citing the construction of a new convention centre for 2005.

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