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Barcelona, number one for international congresses and professional conferences

Barcelona offersnumerous assets with a high competitive value for companies and economic activity. In addition to the Barcelona brand - an international benchmark in innovation and creativity, these have given the city its reputation as an ideal place for business activity and ‘business tourism’, withmany congresses, professional conventions and sectorial meetings held here. The city’s high standard of living, culture, architecture, gastronomy and creativity are all strengths that further boost its strategic geographical location, with major hubs that link it to the rest of the world.

International events held in the Catalan capital are not only an excellent opportunity to promote the city, but also reinforce its leading role in hosting trade fairs and congresses, as well as in the tourism sector.
According to a public study carried out by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Barcelona has received more visiting conference participants than any other city in the world in the last five years (519,159 delegates).

Hosting major international meetings such as the Smart Fruit Congress, which will be attended by participants from the European Union, Central America, South America and the southern and eastern Mediterranean, contributes to the pledge to make the Catalan capital a port of entry and exit for various strategic markets. One of these is agri-food - a powerful economic sector that has links to a large swathe of the productive sector.

Barcelona and Catalonia, leaders in the Spanish agri-foodsector

The Spanish food industry is the top agri-food cluster in Europe.

The Catalan food sector currently represents 11.8% of Spanish food companies and 23.4% of operating income in the sector nationwide. With an operating income of €86.298 billion in 2012, it accounted for 17% of Spanish GDP.

In Spain as a whole, net sales in the food industry stood at €86.298 billion at the end of 2012, making it the second biggest industry after tourism and the topagri-food cluster in Europe.

The29,334 companies in the Spanish food industry (96.2% SMEs) create 1.8 million jobs, accounting for 20% of industrial employment. In terms of food and beverage exports, in 2012 the value of exports was €22.078 billion, with a positive trade balance for the second year running of €3.026 billion.

Barcelona and Catalonia, benchmarks in food and gastronomy

Barcelona’s key role in the food world can also be seen through the importance of facilities such as Mercabarna, the work performed by its research centres and universities on nutrition and food safety, and Alimentaria, the international trade fair held in the city, which is the second biggest of its kind in Europe.

With a food culture and cuisine based on the Mediterranean diet, Catalonia stands out for its high quality commercial offer and internationally renowned restaurants.

Sectorial report on the Agri-food Sector in Barcelona and Catalonia (in Catalan)

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In accordance with the Organic Law on the Protection of Personal Data 15/1999, of 13 December, Promotora de Exportaciones Catalanas SA (hereinafter PRODECA), whose address is Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 620, principal, 08007 Barcelona, with tax reg. no. NIF A58241316, declares that the images contained on the website www.smartfruitcongress.cat are included in a file belonging to PRODECA. The purpose of this file is the promotion, via its website, of the activities conducted by PRODECA – SmartfFruit IPM International Congress.

PRODECA guarantees that you may, at any time, exercise your right to access, rectify, cancel or oppose by writing to the aforesaid postal address, using the reference "PROTECCIÓN DE DATOS - SMARTFRUIT", or to the email address smartfruitcongress@smartfruitcongress.cat.

Specifically, to correctly exercise these rights you must clearly provide the following items in that communication:
- Name, surname(s) and photocopy of National Identity Document or Passport.
- Statement of the purpose of the request.
- Address for notification purposes.
PRODECA also declares that it reserves the right to delete from its website any content that it considers violates current and applicable legislation.

D’acord amb l’article 17.1 de la Llei 19/2014, la ©Generalitat de Catalunya permet la reutilització dels continguts i de les dades sempre que se'n citi la font i la data d'actualització i que no es desnaturalitzi la informació (article 8 de la Llei 37/2007) i també que no es contradigui amb una llicència específica.