Final week, the Lodge Affiliation of Barcelona warned of the gradual fall of MICE tourism in Barcelona mostly thanks to the political weather in Catalonia. The association has also expressed its issue about the coronavirus outbreak as the Mobile Earth Congress (MWC) in the city draws close to.
Soon after ending 2019 with a lodge occupancy record of 82%, 1.7% higher than the 2018 determine, the community hotel administrators concern a slowdown thanks to the coronavirus and Brexit. The affiliation, on the other hand, highlighted the affect of the downward development on MICE tourism, which provides 1.9 billion euros a year and draws in 27% of people to the metropolis.
Jordi Mestre, president of this affiliation, statements that, despite the fact that Barcelona carries on to host big situations and fairs, this kind of as the Fira de Barcelona and other mega-occasions, the decrease is generally impacting company conferences and compact congresses held in the inns of the metropolis.
According to knowledge and stats from the Barcelona tourism report of 2018, the hottest out there, the town held 1,728 enterprise conferences that 12 months, 19% considerably less than in 2017, when there ended up 2,134 conferences. And in 2017 there had presently been a 12.5% drop compared to 2016, which was also preceded by a 23.8% fall in contrast to 2015.
Manel Casals, normal director of the affiliation, stated that the drop in MICE tourism in Barcelona is described by “the detrimental talks relating to tourism in Barcelona” that transpired a number of decades in the past, due to “lack of tourism promotion” and “legal insecurity”, but he also pointed out that just one of the most important motives is the political climate in Catalonia.
Mestre claims that when companies organize situations, they never want to see “a conflict” in the city the place they are held, so the political unrest is some thing that weighs seriously.
Casals recalled that next the protests in the city towards the sentence of the leaders of the Catalan independence movement, there were many cancellations owing to the “sociopolitical climate”, so how the city is perceived immediately after those people incidents is a component that nevertheless worries the lodge administrators, as perfectly as the graphic of insecurity depicted past summer.
Irrespective of the slowdown of MICE tourism, Mestre says that 2019 finished with favourable figures due to the fact Barcelona broke the file in hotel occupancy – somewhat over the occupancy amounts of 2016, despite the fact that not in phrases of turnover – and noted that the common home price rose by 7.5 euros, reaching 140 euros (5.7% boost) when Earnings for every Offered Room stood at 115 euros (7.5% extra).