The Best 2016 @ CCIB
The Barcelona International Convention Center has experienced an intense year in 2016, which is evidenced by its activity figures: 112 events hosted, 537,384 visitors and a 19.5% growth in turnover. In addition, the recurring events rose almost half of the total, which is a clear indicator of the good perspectives of growth in the future. Marc Rodríguez, the CCIB Managing Director, explained that “the clear improvement in the national market and the extraordinary behavior of the international market, along with the confirmation of Barcelona as a top-notch tourist destination, particularly for business tourism, have been key to this success”.
Noteworthy among the events held in 2016 include the Gartner ITXpo Symposium (7,800 participants), an important yearly meeting of the technology sector that has been held at the CCIB since 2011; the prior reference to the Mobile World Congress event Samsung Unpacked (5,000 participants); and the Openstack Summit 2016 (5,200 participants), which brings together leaders in ICT and the cloud computing community in more than 500 sessions.
In terms of congresses, the CCIB continues to be the benchmark location for large international medical and scientific events, including CIRSE (6,700 experts in Cardiology), EANM (6,300 experts in Nuclear Medicine), NIPS (4,800 experts in Neurology) and ESMO (3,200 experts in Oncology).
Nevertheless, diversification remains at the heart of the CCIB’s success. This can be seen in the 2016 editions of the STS fair (40,000 participants from the beauty and cosmetics sector), Fira Magic (esotericism), Security Forum (security) and InteriHotel (interiors design showroom for the hotel sector). Also, the annual convention of the European film distribution industry, CineEurope (3,500 participants), held at the CCIB for the fifth year in a row, celebrating its 25th anniversary. The 8th annual gala of the Gaudí Awards also deserve a special mention, organised by the Catalan Academy of Cinema, which returned to the CCIB in January 2017.
In the music arena, the CCIB Auditorium once again welcomed some of the hottest events of the year: concerts like Primavera Sound, Il Divo, Sergio Dalma, Les Luthiers, Ludovico Einaudi, King Crimson and Buenavista Social Club on their farewell tour, among others. And 2017 will not fall short, as there are some artists confirmed such as Diana Krall, The Cranberries, Miguel Bosé or Sweet California.
Congratulations to the entire CCIB team for such a good year through!