19 Sep Off
What’s new and fresh in Barcelona, Spain? Patricia Silvio, Global Marketing Manager of Pacific World speaks about the new venues and activities in this post. Based in Barcelona, Patricia is in love with her city has a deep passion for events.
-What’s new in Barcelona? Lot of things! There is always something new to surprise visitors. New and unusual locations are now hosting events: lofts, old garages, photo studios, antique stables have been transformed into venues for events. One of the most recent options we have discovered is Cofradia de Pescadores (Fisherman Association), a hidden gem! A unique space located right on the Moll. Together with the fishermen association, we are developing new products where clients will be able to visit the space, know more about the kind of fishing techniques used, take part in a live fish auction and taste the fresh produce.
We are also working with caterers and fishermen to offer menu options including produce coming right from Barcelona’s port market, a gastronomy offer created the same day as the event between fishermen and local chefs.
There are also nice and inspiring outdoor venues that opened their doors for events. My favorite is the Tibidabo amusement park, an amazing space for events up to 1.300 attendees, combining meeting rooms with fun outdoor entertainment. All this with amazing panoramic views of the city…
-What kind of activities and experiences are requiring the clients? The interests vary according to the client’s source market. Middle East clients continue asking for high end experiences including shopping and fine gastronomy. European clients are more focused on discovering new things in a city that they have visited many times. This is stimulating us to think out of the box, look for different venues, find different innovative ways to engage with attendees connecting them with the destination. Bloggers, artists and artisans are becoming guides of themed experiences. Technology is always considered to enhance the experience. We predict that gadgets to share the attendees emotions and experiences will be on the rise soon.
-What’s experiences do you recommend to delegates when they are not in a meeting? Difficult to choose! If they opt to visit other locations, I suggest going to the cozy and elegant coastal towns of Costa Brava. An unexplored area for incentives and events where lots of outdoor/beach activities and also gastronomy experiences can be organized. Visit the Dali museum and house, enjoy a sunset in one of the picturesque ports while tasting fine wines and tapas.
-What’s your favorite place in Barcelona and why? No doubts, Gracia neighborhood. Lots of picturesque squares and shops, narrow streets, bohemian atmosphere. This place is a gem ready to be discovered by incentive and events planners. Different experiences can be developed here: create your own beer at an artisan shop, taste organic wines, design your own furniture with recycled materials at one of the many cozy artisans atelier…