Barcelona to Host World Routes 2017

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Aeroports de Catalunya, Catalan Governments state-owned company, will host World Routes, the 23rd World Route Development Forum in 2017.

World Routes 2017 which will take place in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, is expected to attract more than 3,500 delegates including 350 airlines, 1,000 airports and 300 tourism authorities from more than 125 countries. It will be held at Fira de Barcelona and will take place from 23-26 September 2017.

Minister of Territory and Sustainability, Santi Vila, said, Holding World Routes will be a huge boost in making Barcelona airport the hub of Southern Europe. Our position on the map is a competitive advantage ... It will be a magnificent platform for the economic promotion of the city, of Catalonia and, above all, of its businesses which are involved in the process of internationalisation and conquering foreign markets.

The announcement of Barcelona as the Host destination for World Routes 2017 represents the culmination of a successful bid to host the event which was led by Generalitat de Catalunya - Departament de Territori i Sostenibilitat, Ports de la Generalitat, Departament dEmpresa i Ocupaci; Agncia Catalana de Turisme- and Ajuntament de Barcelona Barcelona Turisme. The bid was supported by many of Catalonias key stakeholders, Aeroport de Barcelona El Prat; Port de Barcelona and Cambra de Comer de Barcelona. In addition it is fully supported by Vueling and Emirates who have both agreed to be official carriers for the event.

Adrian Newton, Group Director Aviation & Technology for UBM Live, said, We are absolutely thrilled that World Routes will be hosted in Barcelona in September 2017. Barcelona is one of the top three congress cities in the world, one of the worlds top ranking leisure tourism cities, the 5th O&D city in Europe, served by Barcelona El Prat Airport - a top 10 European airport that has experienced high growth in recent years. Barcelona is also home to one of the worlds busiest cruise ports and has a thriving economy with Catalonia responsible for more than 18% of Spanish GDP and 26% of Spanish exports. It therefore is a highly appealing host city for World Routes and the aviation decision makers that it attracts from over 110 countries. We are really looking forward to working with the Host team and their partners over the next few years.

Barcelona is a dynamic and modern city, with a thriving tourism industry and a strong productive sector. The economic, cultural and administrative capital of Catalonia has more than 1,600,000 inhabitants and is at the heart of a metropolitan area with close to 5,000,000 inhabitants, representing 63.4% and 10.2% of the Catalan and Spanish population respectively. The diverse, intercultural and cosmopolitan spirit of Barcelona is shown by the fact that more than 17% of the citys residents are foreigners. As such, Barcelona Metropolitan Region is one of Europes most important metropolises. With more than 2.6M cruise passengers the city is one of the top turnaround cruise ports worldwide.

Barcelona Airport (BCN) offers some of the best short haul coverage in Europe, well above those of Madrid or Rome, however, 3M long haul passengers fly to BCN indirect. The airport is Barcelonas gateway to the world and vital for business, tourism, congress and cruise industries. Hosting the event 2017 provides a great opportunity for the city to showcase all it has to offer and to attract new long haul services.

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport will host World Routes 2016.

Routes, Barcelona

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