Barcelona has outlawed new city centre hotels as part of a plan to curb excessive tourism. New tourist apartments are also to be prohibited as the city seeks to reduce visitor numbers to what has become one of the most popular destinations in Europe.
The tourist boards of Barcelona, Barcelona Province and Catalunya have joined forces to unveil ‘Greater Barcelona’ – a brand new tourism proposition which promotes a Barcelona that is both the city and beyond. ‘Greater Barcelona’ has been designed to showcase that Barcelona is much more than the well-known Gaudi streets and urban boardwalks of the Catalan capital.
H10 Hotels has opened a new property in Barcelona: the H10 Cubik. The hotel stands in the city’s historical centre, just a stone’s throw from the cathedral, and offers 101 rooms. Located at number 69 Via Laietana, the road that joins Plaça d’Urquinaona to the seafront and marks the limit of the Gothic Quarter, the H10 Cubik is within close walking distance from the city’s main tourist attractions, including the Cathedral, Plaça de Catalunya, Passeig de Gràcia and the Born neighbourhood.
It was announced during the opening conference for ibtm world 2015 that Reed Exhibitions has signed an extension to its partnership with Barcelona and Fira de Barcelona to remain in the city for the foreseeable future. ibtm world has developed significantly since its move to Barcelona in 2004 and today attracts over 15,000 meetings professionals to the city each year with an estimated economic impact of some €60 million.
The Port Authority of Barcelona has welcomed an investment of more than €30 million to build and operate a second private cruise terminal at the Port of Barcelona. The cash will come from Carnival Corporation, which presently sees seven of its ten cruise line brands use the Barcelona as both a destination and home port.
Located in Barcelona’s Plaza Europa Square, the Renaissance Fira Hotel has taken a revolutionary approach to design, creating a space in which greenery and vegetation have been carefully transformed into an architectural wonder. Here Breaking Travel News report Alice McKeown investigates as she visits the Spanish city for Mobile World Congress.
With industry leaders from around the world in town for the Mobile World Conference this month, Breaking Travel News took the opportunity to visit some of the leading lights of the Barcelona hospitality scene. Here reporter Alice McKeown visits Hotel Picasso in the El Born district as she explores the city.
Qatar Airways has confirmed it will enter into a strategic partnership with football giants FC Barcelona which will see the airline’s brand name appear on first team shirts from the start of the 2013/14 season. The three-year agreement with the runaway Spanish league leaders and former winners of the Champions League will be effective from July 1st 2013.
Six potential bidders have emerged for Barajas Airport in Madrid and El Prat Airport in Barcelona as the Spanish government moves ahead with the sale of both properties. Officials at the public works ministry hope the sales will generate €5.3 billion as part of wider austerity measures in the Iberian destination.
The port of Barcelona, Spain yesterday created a new record when more than 31,000 cruise passengers embarked or disembarked at its terminals, a new record for the largest cruise port in Europe. Also in Europe today, City.Mobi is celebrating the success of its new guide to Barcelona.
Spanish government officials have approved the sale of airport authority Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea and stakes in 20-year concessions to operate Madrid-Barajas and Barcelona-El Prat airports.
Exposing too much skin in public or on the streets will soon become illegal in Barcelona, according to reports.