The Group Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) has announced an agreement with the Barcelona City Partners to keep the Mobile World Congress in the city through to 2023, strengthening the city as an international hub for the mobile industry.
The Barcelona City Partners comprise the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism; Generalitat de Catalunya; Barcelona City Council; Turisme de Barcelona; Fira de Barcelona; and the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation (BMWCF).
"We are very pleased to confirm that Barcelona will continue to serve as the Mobile World Capital and home of Mobile World Congress for the next eight years," said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA. "Our 2015 event marked the tenth year we've held Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and over that period of time we've received tremendous support from all of our Mobile World Congress and Mobile World Capital Barcelona partners."
The 2015 edition of Mobile World Congress attracted more than 94,000 visitors from 200 countries, with over 2,000 exhibiting companies showcasing cutting-edge products.
The four-day conference and exhibition brought together executives from the world's largest and most influential mobile operators, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies and businesses from industry sectors such as automotive, finance and healthcare, as well as government delegations from across the globe.
Preliminary independent analysis indicates that the 2015 Mobile World Congress contributed more than €436 million and nearly 12,675 part-time jobs to the local economy.