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CCIB: Highest-ever turnover with 500,000 visitors in 2018

The International Convention Centre of Barcelona (CCIB) broke its previous turnover record whilst welcoming more than half-a-million visitors last year.

The CCIB, managed by GL Events, announced a turnover of €37.2m in 2018, representing an increase of 11.5 per cent over 2017 and a 3.1 per cent increase compared to the 2007 record.

In 2018 the centre held 119 events and 543,451 visitors, 14 per cent more than in 2017, meaning that the CCIB has now hosted 1,376 events with 6,291,563 visitors since it opened.

Although 63 per cent of the total events were of national origin, and 37 percent international, the international market provides the biggest, longest and best-attended events, amounting to 87 per cent of turnover.

The centre, which opened in 2004, has generated an economic impact to Spain’s second most populous city of more than €4.44bn including around 5.8m overnight stays in hotels.

The CCIB can cater for up to 15,000 delegates, across 39 rooms and three floors, and last year generated more than 500 full-time jobs, generating an economic impact of €469m and 487,000 overnight stays in hotels.

The centre already has more than a hundred events confirmed between 2019 and 2021 with more than half of the events it anticipated hosting in 2019 already confirmed.

In 2018 the CCIB hosted major international medical and scientific events with congresses such as that of European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) which welcomed 11,500 visitors.

In the associative sector the CCIB hosted the first meeting outside the American continent of the Association of Latin American Studies, which had 6,400 delegates.

It held the seventh edition of the Gartner ITxpo Symposium, one of the great meetings of IT analysts, with 9,000 attendees and Advanced Factories 2018 which had more than 12,300 guests.

GL Events has stated the customer loyalty achieved has once again become key in a very competitive sector with more than 50 percent of clients putting their trust in the CCIB again for the following edition, accounting for 64 percent of revenue.

In addition, data reveals the CCIB is committed to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by allocating 0.7 per cent of turnover to charitable projects with free provision of spaces, donations of food and materials, and financial contributions.

In 2018, it allocated €240,000, 56 per cent more, to 40 charity projects.