Choosing a conference venue is far from easy and it’s often a headache for organisers. |
However, Catalonia, with its incredible facilities, enticing culture and fast, easy Barcelona airport transfers, is increasingly attractive as a destination for major conferences. Why?
Before starting to wax lyrical about the region and its capital city, it’s perhaps worth remembering that ‘utility’ is never too far from conference organisers’ minds.
Destinations might well offer incredible facilities and marvellous deals but if they’re tricky to get to or carry things like bad weather risks with them, then some organisers may think twice. Delays and multiple travel changes imply additional cost or logistical nightmares and a questionable weather record speaks for itself as a convention dampener (perhaps quite literally!).
To begin with then, a big attraction with Barcelona is simply its location. Sitting on Mediterranean and the ‘right side’ of the Pyrenees, it’s easy to get to and weather is never likely to be a problem – even in winter!
Serviced by numerous low-cost airlines from the UK, it’s quite simply in the ideal location to attract conferences.
Another big plus for this city as a conference destination, is the availability of Barcelona airport transfers.
This might sound trivial, but it’s anything but for organisers who, quite rightly, see time as equating to money. They’ll see little point in stressing a flight time of say 1.5 hours from London if it then takes 2.5 hours to get from the airport to the conference venue – something that’s more than possible in some cities.
Fortunately that’s not the case here. Barcelona Airport transfers to the major conference venues are typically only around 30 minutes or so. That’s another big tick in the box for organisers.
Barcelona has some excellent conference facilities.
Surprisingly perhaps, there are some top-class facilities at the airport itself – thereby eliminating altogether the need for Barcelona airport transfers.
Then there is the rightly famous ‘Fira Montjuic’, which is not only a vast conference facility, arguably almost epic in its scale, but also actually the largest space in Barcelona. It’s simply enormous – but can be sub-divided for smaller events.
The Barcelona International Convention Centre is another impressive facility with two large buildings which are linked through subterranean tunnels. It has everything any conference organiser would ever dream of.
Don’t overlook the Palau De Congressos De Catalunya. A lovely building (which includes a rentable garden for soirées), it has no less than 35 individual rooms.
Of course, virtually all cities around the globe today offer impressive conference facilities but Barcelona has another big plus – its culture. The Catalonians are amongst some of Europe’s friendliest people and they know how to look after both personal and professional visitors.
The catering and cuisine isn’t just about the admittedly delicious tapas – in fact, Catalunya now has one of the highest concentrations of Michelin-starred restaurants on the planet.
There are also many other recreational opportunities including incredible art and architecture, as well spectacular beaches nearby, if time permits.
It’s not hard to see why Barcelona is becoming a global conference centre – and it’s far more than just question of location! From convenient Barcelona airport transfers to welcoming Catalonian natives, Barcelona should be on every conference organiser’s list.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable Barcelona Airport transfer, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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