Previous week, the Hotel Affiliation of Barcelona warned of the gradual drop of MICE tourism in Barcelona primarily owing to the political local weather in Catalonia. The association has also expressed its concern about the coronavirus outbreak as the Mobile Globe Congress (MWC) in the town attracts close to.
Right after ending 2019 with a hotel occupancy document of 82%, one.seven% higher than the 2018 determine, the regional hotel supervisors worry a slowdown owing to the coronavirus and Brexit. The association, having said that, highlighted the affect of the downward development on MICE tourism, which provides one.nine billion euros a yr and attracts 27% of website visitors to the town.
Jordi Mestre, president of this association, statements that, though Barcelona continues to host significant events and fairs, these kinds of as the Fira de Barcelona and other mega-events, the drop is mainly influencing business enterprise meetings and modest congresses held in the motels of the town.
In accordance to data and data from the Barcelona tourism report of 2018, the most up-to-date obtainable, the town held one,728 business enterprise meetings that yr, 19% much less than in 2017, when there were 2,134 meetings. And in 2017 there had already been a 12.five% drop compared to 2016, which was also preceded by a 23.eight% drop when compared to 2015.
Manel Casals, normal director of the association, reported that the drop in MICE tourism in Barcelona is explained by “the adverse talks regarding tourism in Barcelona” that transpired a number of yrs in the past, owing to “lack of tourism promotion” and “legal insecurity”, but he also pointed out that 1 of the key reasons is the political local weather in Catalonia.
Mestre suggests that when organizations organize events, they do not want to see “a conflict” in the town in which they are held, so the political unrest is something that weighs greatly.
Casals recalled that pursuing the protests in the town versus the sentence of the leaders of the Catalan independence movement, there were many cancellations owing to the “sociopolitical climate”, so how the town is perceived after individuals incidents is a component that however problems the hotel supervisors, as effectively as the picture of insecurity depicted final summertime.
Inspite of the slowdown of MICE tourism, Mestre suggests that 2019 ended with favourable figures since Barcelona broke the document in hotel occupancy – somewhat higher than the occupancy ranges of 2016, though not in phrases of turnover – and pointed out that the regular home fee rose by seven.five euros, achieving 140 euros (five.seven% raise) even though Earnings for every Offered Home stood at 115 euros (seven.five% a lot more).