Conference Dates: September 23-24, 2019
Venue: Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia, as well as the second most populous municipality of Spain, with a population of 1.6 million within city limits. Barcelona is one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trades fair and cultural centres and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities. The development of Barcelona was promoted by two events in 1986, Spanish Accession to the European community and particularly Barcelona’s designation as host city of the 1992 Summer Olympics. Barcelona has a maritime Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm to hot summers. Barcelona was the 20th most visited city in the world by international visitors and the fifth most visited city in Europe after London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome with 5.5 million international visitors in 2011. The traditional importance of textiles is reflected in Barcelona drive to become a major fashion centre.
Barcelona is also home to numerous social centres and illegal squats that effectively form a shadow society mainly made up of the unemployed immigrants, dropouts, anarchists, anti-authoritarians and autonomists. Barcelona beach was listed as number one in a list of the top ten city beaches in the world according to National Geographic and Discovery Channel. It has a great number of museums, which cover different areas and eras. Buses in Barcelona are a major form of public transport with extensive local interurban and night bus networks. The harbour is the leading European cruiser port and a most important Mediterranean turnaround base. Industry generates 21% of the total gross domestic product of the region with the energy, chemical and metallurgy industries accounting for 47% of industrial production. The number of visitors had increased from 1.7 million in 1990 to 32 million in a city with a population of 1.62 million, increasing the cost of rental housing for residents and overcrowding the public places.