The inaugural flight, EY49, departed Abu Dhabi this morning carrying a special delegation including dignitaries, media representatives, and senior members of Etihad Airways’ management team.
Etihad Airways has announced the introduction of a new scheduled service linking Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, and Barcelona, Spain.
Senior leaders from the aviation industry have signed on for the World Routes 2017 conference programme, including Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group. The annual World Routes forum brings together airlines, airports and tourism authorities to plan and negotiate future air services.
Thirteen people have been killed and dozens injured after a van hit crowds in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona on Thursday evening. Spanish later killed five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils to stop what they say was another planned vehicle attack.
Sister ships Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest have made a rare appearance together in Barcelona. It is the first time the ships have met for the first time in almost four years.
Chef Carme Ruscalleda is taking over responsibility for running all culinary operations at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona in her new role as gastronomic consultant. BistrEau restaurant, which had been successfully led by chef Ángel León for the past three years, will return to Barcelona’s vibrant food scene under its original name, Blanc, in May 2017.
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.