Tourist activity in the city grew moderately in 2017, despite noticing the effects of the attack on La Rambla and the social and political situation over the last quarter of the year.
The number of passengers arriving at the port and the airport over the whole year grew by 7% compared to 2016, as did the number of tourists staying in hotels, up by 3.2%. Even so, both figures dropped slightly in the final months of the year compared to the same period in 2016.
The main tourist attractions also received less visitors between August and November but still closed out the year with 4.5% growth on average between the Park Güell, the Sagrada Família, the Museu Picasso and Montjuïc Castle.
The Councillor for Business and Tourism, Agustí Colom, stressed that the balance shows that “the city has been able to recuperate from the attack more quickly than other cities which have suffered similar attacks”.
Colom also explained that communication with the main congress operators has been stepped up to ensure Barcelona continues to be an outstanding destination for tourism connected with business meetings, a priority sector due to the substantial benefits it brings to the city. In 2018, the number of congresses is confidently expected to be similar to last year, when nearly 450 were held in the city.