Business tourism Barcelona

Barcelona business tourism beat the record in 2017

In 2017 Barcelona has made history in business tourism, the Catalan capital hosted a total of 2134 business meetings that represented an increase of 8.1% compared to the previous year. A record driven by the technology companies, which represent the conventions, and the medical and pharmaceutical events, which represent more than half of the congresses held last year in the city. It’s estimated that the local economic impact was 1,851 million euros, 21,1% more than the previous year, and the highest number since 2001.

The meetings that take place in Barcelona are mainly from large companies such as Cisco, HP or Microsoft that is following in the footsteps of the Mobile World Congress.

Of the 2134 meetings that were registered in 2017, a total of 561 were congresses and 1573 conventions. Within the first group are the Mobile or the Smart City Expo, although the medical, sanitary and pharmaceutical congresses accounted for more than 50% of what was calculated.

Barcelona has already outdone itself, in fact, in the fall of 2019, the Gran Via site will host the ultimate medical congress: the European Oncology. Until last year, it was held in Madrid and which provides for the assistance of more than 25,000 professionals.

Winery visit – Awaken your senses

We are all aware that Barcelona is the place to be, the place that all tourists and business groups want to visit and discover. However, Barcelona’s surroundings are as beautiful as Catalonia’s capital and definitely more calm and quiet.

That is the reason why sometimes we like to suggest an alternative to Barcelona when clients ask for a leisure activity for their groups while they attend congresses, conventions or incentive trips in the city.

Let us tell you a bit more about one of those alternatives; we call it “Awaken your senses”.

This is a half-day activity in the Bages region, around one hour driving distance from Barcelona. We will visit a winery that has more than 9 centuries of history and a long tradition in wine growing. Once we arrive to the winery we will start with a nice breakfast buffet that includes coffee/tea, juices, cupcakes, cookies and all sorts of cakes made by a local creative bakery.

Half an hour later, a guide from the winery will take us on a tour to visit the facilities, which includes the old cellar of the house (XII). The old cellar is of the gems of the wine culture and history of this area and it has been preserved in its original state. We will also visit the museum of industry and transport: private collection of the family engaged in transportation vehicles, trucks and antique tools that the family used for winemaking.

The next stop will be the modern cellar and the barrels room. In this last room we will take a break for a relaxing yoga session in a unique and charming place. After stretching our body and connect with ourselves, we will take a walk to the vineyards so we can approach history of viticulture in bages and enjoy the landscape.

At the end of the walk, the visit culminates with a wine and olive oil tasting in a lovely setting surrounded by vineyards. We will taste white and red wines as well as high quality olive oil produced by the same winery.

It is now time to have an appetizer back in the winery followed by a tasty lunch in one the winery’s rooms. We will of course enjoy our meal with the local wines.

A bottle of wine as a gift for all our guests will be the end of this experience before we go back to Barcelona with all our senses completely awaken.

This activity will allow your clients to disconnect from city stress and noise, recharge their batteries and be ready for any new business challenge coming.

Contact us for more information.

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Cocktails of the future

If you are looking for a new way to impress the attendees of your event, do not look anymore, you have just found it!

Thanks to the Molecular girl, guests can taste cocktails of the future in an innovative way and through a collective experience. The speherification technique created by molecular gastronomy Chef Ferran Adria is also used in molecular mixology.

These creations are concentrated in spheres that provoke an explosion of flavors, textures and incomparable sensations.

The Molecular girl will definitely guarantee the success of your corporate event or gala dinner, contact us for more information.

 

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MWC 2016

Mobile World Congress 2016

The exciting and always surprising Mobile World Congress is coming to Barcelona once again. The place where mobile leaders gather, collaborate and conduct business. The congress will begin Monday 22th February and continue through Thursday, 25th February. It will takes place at two venues, Fira Gran Via and Fira Montjuic.

The last edition in 2015 had a record breaking, 94.000 attendees from 200 countries and was covered by more tan 3.800 members of the international press and media. Several pavilions highlighted important initiatives benefiting the industry, such as Mobile apps, cloud or Green technology. Attendees confirmed that they could do more business in four days that they can do in months, that is why the Mobile World Congress is a MUST for everyone in mobile industry.

MWC 2016 will feature a conferences program offered by CEO’s of leading companies in mobile industry. Besides, there will be more tan 50 sessions where other topics will be discussed, such as Enterprise mobility, 5G, emerging markets or the Internet of things (IoT), among others.

The Mobile World Congress will features the leading products and services, from handsets and devices to network infrastructure. Some of the exhibitors include Alcatel-lucent, Ericsson, Google, Huawei or Samsung.

New at this year’s congress: The MWC tours Programme

Tours programme consists on different venues where matter experts will give insights in key industry focus such as 5G, the IoT or the Media, depending on audiences needs. The Orientation tours are webinar-based virtual tours to help the assistant to find the venue, exhibit and program that suit their needs and interests.

 

T-Made events can provide with several services during the Mobile World Congress: Transportation, private parties, restaurant bookings, cultural city tours, gala dinners and many more.

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IBTM Barcelona – Where the World meets

IBTM is one of the largest events focused on MICE industry; meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions, taking place in the award winning city of Barcelona.

More tan 15.000 professional and decision makers of the global meetings industry will meet during three energising days to network, participate in seminars, discuss and interact with each other in this strong and dynamic show.

One of the highlights of this year is the Innovation zone – an area where more than 50 technology suppliers will showcase their latest technology products and services that will change the industry in the near future.

There will be more than 100 networking events for the assistants, not only the nightclubs or the welcome party, but many events taking place around the city and the exhibition area. After all, networking and fun is part of this show.

For all the industry professionals, attending this event means meeting global suppliers, connect with top level global meeting planners and buyers and keep up to date with the latest trends through the ibtm knowledge programme and education sessions.

ibtm world will take place from 17th – 19th November in Barcelona.

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Convention center in the heart of nature!

monastery hotelLooking for the excellent environment for business, take a look at a modern, elegant hotel in tranquil, picturesque setting, idyllic venue for meetings, conventions and team-building activities.

Monastery hotel is situated in the region of El Bages, near Barcelona, surrounded by magical places, such as the medieval monastery. It is only 45 minutes far from Barcelona, so it’s perfect if you want some time away from the city, or if you want to go and discover Barcelona.

Monastery hotel is an also a place to develop ideas, creativity, reflection and knowledge. To do so, it offers 4000 m² of facilities, specially prepared to hold meetings, conventions and congresses that are located in several buildings: La Fábrica, the Monastery and La Casa del Amo.

This excellent hotel and quiet environment is set separate from the old monastery in a manner that neither clashes with it or obstruct its view. The entire valley bordered by the river Llobregat and views of distant mountains is an idyllic setting suitable for walks or just relaxing strolls.

The hotel rooms are spacious and all with fantastic private terrace overlooking the  gardens, the monastery and the natural park of Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac. The hotel boast three restaurants, 3 worlds to discover, and one of them with a Michelin star rating. The common areas are very luminous, spacious and well-appointed and of course parking is available and free. There is a pool in the garden with plenty of sunbeds for guest use and there is easy access to walks along the river.

Sant Benet de Bages monastery is the main part of the complex. In this Benedictine monastery founded in the 10th Century you will be able to appreciate how different periods have left their mark: Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Modernism. There are two different routes to discover it in an entertaining and surprising way with a multisensory installation. The first route tells the history of this place until 19th Century, going through the church, the crypt, the cloister, the wine cellar, the monk cells and the sunny midday gallery. With the second route you will visit the part of the monastery that a famous modernist painter – Ramon Casas – converted into his summer residence. He rebuilt the monastery in the Modernist style with support from Puig i Cadafalch, a well-known modernist architect with important buildings in Barcelona.

Moreover, you will have the chance to visit Alicia Foundation, an international research center dedicated to technological innovation in cooking and nutrition lead by Chef Ferran Adria, using tradional local produce, as well as encouraging healthy eating for all. It is at once a place where ideas about food and its preparation are generated, a stimulating, sensory experience that combines tradition and innovation, and a project firmly committed to its heritage.

So whether you are looking for a business meetingsspecial event venue or treating your employees with a weekend of enjoying the mix history to a very special food experience and the great outdoors, Monastery hotel is a perfect place to do all this at its fullest potential.  In case of any further information, feel free to contact us and we will gladly provide a break from the everyday rush in this oasis of calm.

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The International Tourism in Catalonia Show

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From 4 – 6 April 2014 there will be The International Tourism in Catalonia Show. The venue for this event is Montjuic Exhibition Centre – Pavilion 8.

The Show is all about tourism and it will cover areas like Tourism in Spain and close to home,  International Mediterranean, Travel Agencies, Cruises, Campsites and rural tourism, „Porta del Dessert“ and Culinary tourism where the guests can try the best tasting dining from 1€!

Besides dining, you can enjoy variety of cultural and entertaining activities in this, 23rd edition of The International Tourism Show. Some interesting activities to mention: Croatia – film set where the Croatian Tourist Information Office will explain through media presentation what has made this country a filming location; or Japanese culture where you can enjoy Origami demonstrations or exhibition of their traditional clothing.

The International Tourism show will host travel agencies and travel specialists from all over the world which makes The Show an ideal place to find partners or clients.  In addition to this, there will be a lot of seminars held in order to promote discussion and contact between experts and to raise awareness of the latest industry trends. Some of the seminars are:  Synergys, Conference on Innovation and Tourism Promotion, Generating Markets Workshops, Delice-cities professional Meeting, mTourism, etc.

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Passenger terminal EXPO 2014

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From the 25th till the 27th of March Barcelona will be hosting the world’s biggest airport exhibition and conference:  Passenger Terminal EXPO 2014, which will take place in Fira Barcelona, Plaҫa Espanya 2, with a gorgeous view to famous Magic Fountains.

The conference was founded in 1997. From its beginning till now it has grown into a most regarded airport terminal conference in the world. There will be over 160 international exhibitors, over 1000 conference participants and over 3500 visitors expected.

This exhibition offers visitors a unique opportunity to see newest and most modern services and technologies that can be provided to the passengers in the future. There will be innovation shown, new design possibilities such as developing airport cities, new safety solutions and much more, all in order to improve passenger experience at airports worldwide.

The registration starts at March 25th at 8 a.m. Don’t miss the most important conference of the airport industry and let Luxury Trips Spain ensures your seat. After the conferences, we can organize private events and gala dinners with your brand new partners, as well as transportation service.

Send us your request at: info@luxurytripspain.com

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Mobile World Congress Barcelona, 2014

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This year Barcelona was once again the host of the world’s largest conference dedicated to mobile telecommunications and technology from February 23 to 27, The Mobile World Congress. In the four-day conference, more than 85000 attendees from over 200 countries exhibited their products on it, with the new partner events of mPowered Industries and 4 Years from Now for entrepreneurs. Comparing to the last year, the number of attendees was much bigger, so it is a new record for Barcelona and certainly one of the most important industry gatherings of the year.

The Mobile world team had been working hard this year to create a wide range of different programs; an App Planet, Partner Events, Professional Training sessions, Power Hour, The Forum Series, and other seminars which were free and covered many topics and theme.  Many companies presented their plans for the coming period. A lot of attention had been focused on facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who came to deliver a speech at the congress. Facebook’s massive 19-billion dollar acquisition of WhatsApp played a big role in the discussion. He said, it was the most engaging app that Facebook has seen for mobile phones.

The most interesting products on the congress were definitely a new model of Samsung Galaxy S5, Nokia’s first Android handset, flexible and round models of  LG mobile phones, Sony Experia Z2, Z2 tablet, HTC’s phone service that works with Google Now and watch which comes as an equipment.

In accordance with an agreement with the MWC, Barcelona will be hosting the Congress until 2018. Due to the next event that will take place 2-5 March 2015, T-made events & Luxury Trips Spain can provide with several ground services, such as accommodation, transportation, gala dinners, private events, restaurant bookings and any requests that can make your corporate event a big success.

Do not hesitate to contact us, we will be glad to assist you with any information you might need.

See you next year!

 The T-Made Team

Mountain resort

Paradise for Meetings & Events

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Only 35 kilometers from Barcelona, on a mild hill, at the feet of the Montserrat Mountain and surrounded by vineyards, there are 247 acres of the Montserrat Wine Resort.

It’s a place that offers a sensation of a peculiar natural environment; “unique place between heaven and earth where pleasure and enological tourism intertwine to provide our senses with unique experiences”. The setting up of the water collection and purification system, together with 24 sun collectors, is a big proof of the attention this company gives to the environment and sustainability and the importance of connecting with the nature in general. What used to be a farmhouse which was converted into a winery, is now a small hotel managed by a family, famous for it’s spectacular spa and a rich gastronomic offer.

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Notably, this place is very suitable for corporate meetings and events. The resort has several meeting rooms with natural light that can hold up to 250 people. Needless to say, the logistics, infrastructure, technological conditions and the service are all of premium quality.

The resort is ideal for:

–       Corporate Meetings

–       Product launches

–       Adventure team building activities

–       Gastronomic activities

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This  “paradise” offers not only accommodation or meeting rooms, but also a variety of activities to make every stay more complete. The vineyard surroundings may be enjoyed on foot, on a horse, by bicycle or from the air, and there’s always a possibility of wine and ham tasting, collecting and trading grapes during the harvest, gin&tonic or whiskey tasting, visiting other winerias or cavas, museums, markets and main wine routes in Anoia and Alt Penedès, equestrian spectacles, and a must; the Montserrat monastery.

Among the different activities offered there is the gastronomic competition, which test the participants’ gastronomic skills and knowledge.    The group splits up into teams, which then compete to score points in a series of tests, while at the same time developing their senses – smell, taste, intuition – and their teamwork skills. Each team aims to score as many points as possible in the trials.

Some of the activities that can be provided are:

  • Intuition: wines
  • In search of the lost sense: Aromas
  • Taste recognition memory: Cheeses
  • Sense and Sensibility: Chocolates

Each test lasts a set time. The groups are given a training activity in the first session, and use the knowledge they gain to play and compete against their colleagues.  Teams need to coordinate to achieve their targets, optimize their resources and satisfy the final customer and their supervisors.

The entire afternoon is devoted to learning, tasting and taking part in workshops, all designed to break down barriers through learning and enjoyment.

So whether you are looking for a special event venue, business meetings, or treating your employees with a weekend of enjoying the art of living, Montserrat Wine Resort is a perfect place to do all this at its fullest potential. In case of any further information, feel free to contact us and we will gladly provide a break from the everyday rush in this paradise of nature.

The T-Made team