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Barcelona venue shrugs off political uncertainty in record year

The venue hosted 122 events including several large medical and scientific meetings

Pictured: The CCIB

A terrorist attack that left 13 dead and a chaotic push for independence failed to dent Barcelona’s reputation as a meetings destination as the city’s convention centre enjoyed another record year.

The Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB) hosted 122 events last year – almost nine per cent more than last year and smashing the previous record of 113 events set in 2014.

More than 473,200 delegates visited the centre whose revenues topped EUR33.3m, the third best figure since it opened in 2004, with large-scale medical and scientific meetings dominating.

Events held last year included: ECCO (6,300 experts in Digestive Medicine), ESOT (3,500 experts in transplants), ICN (8,000 experts in Nursing) and Euretina (4,900 experts in Ophthalmology).

Director General Marc Rodríguez said: “We consider these figures highly satisfactory and we reaffirm our commitment to a management model clearly focused on the quality of our services and the satisfaction of our clients.”

The number of recurring events (meaning those that have been held more than once at the CCIB) continued to increase in 2017, hitting 50 per cent of the total and 58.35 per cent of revenue. In line with previous years, international events made up 42 per cent the total for the year and 87.7 per cent of overall revenue. These two factors show a solid upward trend for the coming years.

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