Barcelona clinches top spot in world’s convention ranking

The Mobile World Congress attracts 80k delegates to Barcelona every year.


Barcelona comes out first in the ranking of yearly attendance to conventions and conferences. The port city greeted 122.877 visitors last year, ahead of Amsterdam and Istambul.

By Staff Reporter in Barcelona


Barcelona tops the ranking of yearly attendance to conventions and conferences. The port city counted 122.877 participants in fair trades last year. The Catalan capital outperformed Vienna (114,166) and Istambul (112,175). Still, Barcelona fared below its all-time record high of 140,000 delegates set in 2010.

The annual report drawn up by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) ranks Madrid second in the chart of annual events. Up to 186 events took place in the Spanish capital city in 2013.

Madrid ranked behind Paris (204 trade fairs) but outperformed Vienna (182) and Barcelona (179).

Precisely, the Catalan capital city ranks second in the ten-year attendance chart 2003-2013. Over that period the city has welcomed 926,111 delegates, ahead of Paris (878,948) and trailing behind Vienna (935,156).

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Turisme de Barcelona, the city’s official tourism agency, stressed that the ranking fails to include participants in the Mobile World Congress. The IT fair attracts upwards of 80,000 attendants to the port city every year.

What is more, the agency estimates that all fairs, conventions and conferences attracted 289,191 delegates to Barcelona last year.

Flowing from the above, the body estimates a 1.26 bn financial impact in Barcelona.

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WORLD-CLASS SPEAKER LINE-UP AT THIRD GAMING IN HOLLAND CONFERENCE « Gaming in Holland Conference 2014 – produced by Local Producer Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM (April 1st 2014) – The third edition of the Gaming in Holland Conference – to be held June 23rd and 24th in Amsterdam – promises to be the most exciting conference yet. Not only because regulation of online gaming in The Netherlands is drawing near, but also thanks to the world-class speaker line-up. More than thirty influentials from the international gaming industry will participate: among them CEOs of gaming operators, specialized lawyers, top SEO experts and lottery entrepreneurs. The theme for this conference will be Opportunities in a regulated market.

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Willem van Oort, founder of Gaming in Holland, is excited about the quality and variety of the speakers. ‘The success of the earlier Gaming in Holland Conferences has helped us build a regular audience of gaming professionals from both The Netherlands and abroad. The draft proposal for the new remote gaming law will be submitted to Parliament before summer recess – Gaming in Holland will be the place to discuss the proposal. If you want to stay up-to-date with the latest developments, you’ll need to be in Amsterdam on June 23rd and 24th.’

But the conference is not just about politics. There will be sessions on Responsible Gaming, Mobile Gaming, Marketing & Media, Sports & Sponsorship, Technical Compliance and Social Gaming.

So who are those world-class speakers? ‘We’ve made sure that all facets of the gaming industry will be represented. All of our speakers are regarded as experts in their respective fields. Henrik Tjärnström, CEO of Unibet, will open the conference. Then there’s dr. Hans Cornehl, CEO of lottery operator Tipp24. The Dutch government is represented by Benjamin Jansen, director at the Ministry of Safety and Justice. Jon Matonis, executive director of Bitcoin Foundation, will talk about the latest developments regarding virtual currencies. Charles Butler, CEO of Netplay TV, will share his thoughts on the responsible synthesis of gaming and the media.’. From the Dutch industry, Sigrid van Aken, COO of Dutch Charity Lotteries and Chris Woerts are present.

More inside knowledge and intriguing opinions will be shared by Raf Keustermans (CEO Plumbee), Maarten Haijer (secretary-general of European industry body EGBA), Justin Franssen (leading gaming lawyer) and Joerg Hofmann (president IMGL International Masters of Gaming Law). Respected data expert Simon Holliday of H2 Gambling Capital will analyze the Dutch gaming market.

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The location this year will be the Dome @Renaissance Hotel, 3 walking minutes from the Central Station at the canal – a good place to watch world class football on June 23rd as well (FIFA Worldcup HOLLAND – CHILE).


First Annual Blockchain Awards at #Bitcoin2014 15-17 May Amsterdam produced by Local Producer Amsterdam

First Annual Blockchain Awards at Bitcoin 2014 on Friday, 16 May produced by Local Producer Amsterdam.

(16 April 2014) — On Friday, 16 May, the Bitcoin Foundation and will host the first annual Blockchain Awards at Bitcoin 2014 in Amsterdam to celebrate innovation and excellence in the Bitcoin community. The award ceremony will take place at the Main Deck of the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam.

“The foundation works hard to recognize and advocate for innovation and ingenuity across the Bitcoin community,” said Jon Matonis, Executive Director of the Bitcoin Foundation. “These awards are a unique opportunity to showcase these accomplishments and celebrate an extraordinary year for Bitcoin.”

Ten awards will be announced across a number of fields including Most Influential Investor, Most Influential Journalist and Bitcoin Champion of the Year. A full list is available at

As of Weds, 16 April at 12pm EST, anyone will be able to submit their nominations via the nomination form. On 7 May, the Bitcoin Foundation and will announce the top three finalists in each category as well as further instructions for voting for the category winner. will donate 1 BTC to each category winner, and the award will be permanently and historically written into the Block Chain as proof of ownership.

“With these awards we hope to take a moment and reflect on the amazing contributions from the bitcoin community. We want to honor the exceptional quality, leadership, and technical innovation we see every day,” said Nicolas Cary, CEO of

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Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne to Keynote Bitcoin 2014 Conference produced by Local Producer CEO and bitcoin convert Patrick M Byrne will deliver the keynote speech at the Bitcoin 2014 conference on 15th-17th May at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam.

He is expected to speak about his vision for the future of bitcoin; its potential for global financial inclusion; non-currency uses like proving ownership of stocks and bonds; and the network’s relation to society as a whole.

Jon Matonis, executive director of the Bitcoin Foundation, said:

“We are delighted to have one of bitcoin’s most prominent and prescient champions at our conference. Patrick’s decision to accept bitcoin has introduced it to mainstream society and increased understanding among consumers.”

He added: “It’s going to be a great event; this conference is where visionary technology and mainstream commerce intersects.”

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Byrne has become a poster boy for bitcoin since announcing that would start accepting bitcoins in an offhand interview remark last December. Feeling pressure to deliver, he did exactly that with some intensive help by payment processing partner Coinbase, six months ahead of schedule.

Since then, the self-confessed libertarian and Austrian Economist has become one of bitcoin’s biggest advocates. The first major online retailer to accept bitcoin, made more than $124,000 in bitcoin sales in its first day of accepting the currency, and by March had topped $1m in purchases.

The company has revised its bitcoin revenue projection for 2014 from an initial $3-5m to a jaw-dropping $20m.

“Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency inventions reduce costs for businesses – small or large – and thus enables firms to pass savings onto consumers,” said Byrne earlier in the year.

“In addition, bitcoin shares the key virtue of gold: it is a form of money that cannot be easily manipulated or debased by central planners.”

Bitcoin 2014

Bitcoin 2014 in Amsterdam is the annual international conference, exhibition and networking event organized by the Bitcoin Foundation.

The conference aims to provide a platform for all digital currency stakeholders: the investors, technologists, regulators, executives, entrepreneurs, developers and policymakers who will collectively shape the future of cryptographic money worldwide.

It follows last year’s inaugural event in San Jose, California, which drew more than 1,000 attendees over the course of its three-day run.

For more information visit the event website, here.

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