Colau is the responsibility of the organizing and assumes the presidency of the mobile capital
The director of GSMA with Barcelona´s new major Ada Colau photo
Barcelona has done all his homework. Now if only the GSMA, the association has the rights and organizes the major international mobile congress decides, hopefully next week, if the event extends his contract with the Catalan capital, ending in 2018, during another five years until 2023. In the congress that the sector held in Shanghai between 15th and 17th of this month, the GSMA could sign the renewal of Barcelona, and reject that option, something that seems unlikely at this point – either postpone the verdict until 2017 or even 2018. However, the latter response would be a worrying sign for the interests of the city, which would be submitted in the near future to a long and permanent bar examination to show that still worthy of the honor of hosting the congress.
After the change of government at City Hall gestures reassured the organizers were needed, convey a sense of “normality”. Therefore, the mayor Ada Colau chaired first meeting of the board of the Foundation Mobile World Capital Barcelona, where the City Council, the Generalitat, the Spanish Government, Fira de Barcelona and a representation of the private sector are present, especially major mobile operators. The meeting, attended by the CEO of the GSMA, John Hoffman, Barcelona served to ratify the commitment of all members of the foundation with mobile capital and with Congress. A formality, but definitely an important gesture, because it tries to dispel doubts that some messages sent from the new municipal government -the latter, suspension of licenses for all kinds of tourist-accommodation had arisen in charge of making such a momentous decision . It was to give an image of cohesion and the goal seems fulfilled.
In the same direction circulated hours before the meeting itself remained Ada Colau, accompanied by the director general of Fira, Agustín Cordón, with John Hoffman. It was the first time Colau and Hoffman were face to face. Mobile is not the left or Barcelona depends on a decision by the GSMA block, but the opinion of his main prescriber will have a decisive weight. That meeting, which Cordon made the introductions took place after that, this week, the mayor kept another preparatory meeting with the cord itself and the president of Fira, Josep Lluís Bonet in Montjuïc, where they reviewed the present fair and future prospects in a key industry for the local economy. The main challenge is that the Mobile remains in Barcelona for many years because, beyond the impact of 436 million induced city economy, represents a third of the turnover of the Fira.
In the afternoon was the time of the photo. Colau made the formal proposal to Hoffman renew the capital of Barcelona and the Mobile World Congress, a proposal must decide who they have in their possession for months delivery. The offer is progressed La Vanguardia on 4 June. In her commitment to the L9 metro is fully operational between Fira and the airport during the congress of 2016. The change in the direction of traffic in the vicinity of the hotel Arts (one of the main properties of the great leaders reiterated ; near him a heliport will be enabled) or creating a special lane for Congress, as was done in the Olympics, are some of the new proposals for Barcelona.
The offer takes into account security: Guardia Urbana bring 250 additional agents. It is also proposed that Barcelona Tourism count, and in 2016, a body of free volunteer labor costs provide assistance and information at hotels, public places and areas related to the conference. Although without doubt one of the most important aspects is the hotels. One clause sets the commitment to ensure the organization of the event at least 29,000 rooms for conference participants. With regard to prices, in 2019 and 2020, rates will increase in the CPI Spanish and, in any case, the rise may exceed 3%. From 2020 could increase the number of rooms reserved in 500 each year, reaching 31,000 in 2023.
At the board meeting balance of activity Mobile World Capital and driven initiatives in entrepreneurship programs, education and smart cities it was made. The foundation aims to create “added value” that Barcelona is the capital of the world of mobile technology such encouraging more social and extending them to all citizens programs, an aspect that Colau wants to promote.
Courtesy Avantgarde Limousine Barcelona