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Posted by Jeni Evans on July 24, 2015

The GSMA (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association), the association that represents the interests of mobile phone operators across the globe, has announced that the Mobile World Congress (MWC) will continue to be held in Barcelona until 2023.

This global event, which attracted almost 100,000 visitors this year, will be held in the catalan capital for a further five years than originally planned.

“We are delighted to announce that Barcelona will continue to as the Mobile World Congress capital during the next eight years,” said CEO and Director of GSMA, John Hoffman.

The GSMO chairman explained that the association was extremely happy with the support by all MWC members whilst holding the congress in the Spanish city and he hoped to build on the success gained over the last couple of years.

In 2011, the event attracted more than 60,000 visitors, while in 2015, a new record was reached with 94,000 in attendance over the four days that the congress was held.

Visitors consisted of professionals from more than 200 different countries, with more than 2,000 traders exhibiting their most up-to-date and innovative products.

According to independent studies, a total of 436 million euro and 12,675 temporary jobs were generated towards the local economy.

The next edition of the Mobile World Congress will take place in the Gran Vía de Fira de Barcelona in L’hospitalet de Llobregat between 22 and 25 February 2016.




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