Venue & Hospitality
Conference Dates: June 14-15, 2018
Hotel Services & Amenities
- Audio/Visual Equipment Rental.
- Business Center.
- Business Phone Service.
- Complimentary Printing Service.
- Express Mail.
- Meeting Rooms.
- Office Rental.
- Photo Copying Service.
- Secretarial Service.
- Video Conference.
- Video Messaging.
- Video Phone.
- Baggage Storage.
Barcelona is the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in the Kingdom of Spain, as well
as the country’s second most populous municipality, with a population of 1.6 million within city limits. Its
urban area extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 4.7 million people,
being the seventh-most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, London, Madrid, the Ruhr
area, Berlin, and Milan. It is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea, located on the coast between
the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs, and bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola mountain
range, the tallest peak of which is 512 metres (1,680 ft) high.
Barcelona is one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centers, and its influence in
commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one
of the world’s major global cities. It is a major cultural and economic center in southwestern Europe, 24th in
the world (before Zürich, after Frankfurt) and a financial center. In 2008 it was the fourth most economically
powerful city by GDP in the European Union and 35th in the world with GDP amounting to €177 billion. In
2012 Barcelona had a GDP of $170 billion; it is leading Spain in both employment rate and GDP per capita
change. In 2009 the city was ranked Europe’s third and one of the world’s most successful as a city brand.
In the same year the city was ranked Europe’s fourth best city for business and fastest improving European
city, with growth improved by 17% per year, but it has since been in a full recession with declines in both
employment and GDP per capita, with some recent signs of the beginning of an economic recovery. Since
2011 Barcelona is a leading smart city in Europe. Barcelona is a transport hub with the Port of Barcelona
being one of Europe’s principal seaports and busiest European passenger port, an international airport,
Barcelona–El Prat Airport, which handles above 40 million passengers per year, an extensive motorway
network and a high-speed rail line with a link to France and the rest of Europe.