MWC dates 2016: Monday 22nd February to Thursday 25th February 2016
MWC opening times: 09:00 to 19:00 daily - except last day 09:00 to 16:00
MWC location: Fira Gran Via exhibition centre - Barcelona
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2016 will be the 11th time that Barcelona hosts the GSMA MWC Mobile World Congress. Last years edition welcomed around 72,000 trade visitors, 300 keynote speakers and a full conference agenda - there were 1,900 exhibitors from 200 different nations and government representatives from 143 nations. Truly a global event. Despite the tough economic times the world of mobile communiation and smart phones is still a vibrant growth industry and Barcelona is the beating heart of the industry at the most important event of the year. The MWC has doubled in size since the first event in 2005 in Cannes. For Barcelona the economic benefits for the city are estimated at 356 million euros and 7,000 temporary jobs.
Location MWC/GSMA 2016 Barcelona
The location of the 2016 MWC is the exhibition centre Fira Gran Via. The Fira Gran Via is located just outside Barcelona city centre between Barcelona airport and city centre. It is next to the Gran Via 2 shopping mall and an IKEA store. Open Map of Fira Gran Via exhibition centre or scroll down page for MCW address and directions of how to get to MCW 2016 exhibition centre. This venue in Barcelona has with eight exhibition halls and 94,000 sqm all under the same roof and all halls will be in use for the MWC which also features 300 WiFi points during the fair. Scroll down this page for information about the MWC trade fair area, MWC maps, how to get there and for information about accommodation near MWC 2016 Barcelona trade fair grounds.
New metro Barcelona airport to MWC
For MWC 2016 there will be a new Barcelona Metro Line 9, which will connect Barcelona airport terminals 1 and 2 to the station Fira by the Fira Gran Via and MWC 16. From Fira Gran Via metro stop the new metro line then connects with outer parts of the Barcelona metro network. The new L9 metro line is a not a conventional high-speed direct metro line connecting Barcelona airport to the Barcelona city centre, like many other European cities have, but it is very convenient for business visitors at Fira Gran Via to get to and from Barcelona airport.
Hotels near MWC 2016
Hotels near MWC 2016. The Fira Gran Via exhibition centre is excellent, but apart from shopping malls and an IKEA, there are few attractions in this commercial area, so many MWC visitors will probably prefer to find accommodation in central Barcelona. There are a number of new and modern hotels and aparthotels close to the Gran Via exhibition centre which you can find on the links below. But the Gran Via exhibition centre is quite close to the city centre by train or taxi, so you can also choose hotels in the centre of Barcelona. If you plan to go by public transport to the Gran Via exhibition area, but prefer to stay in Barcelona city centre, then you might want to consider booking hotels close to the street Gran Via in Barcelona. If you are close to the Gran Via street, then you can take the L1 red metro line to Plaza Espanya and from the Plaza Espanya metro station you change on the same ticket to the FGC train to get to the FGC station Europa Fira which is the closest to the Gran Via exhibition area.
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The MWC is recognised as the world's premier event for mobile industry networking, business opportunities, and deal-making. Barcelona has been chosen as Mobile World Capital for the 2012 to 2018 period of the MWC making the city a permanent technological and cultural center with a goal boost and create new business opportunities and global awareness of the potential of mobile communications. We can recommend a visit to Barcelona Tech Talk for a complete list of MWC 2016 top events and parties.
The 2016 MWC will feature:
- A world-class conference featuring 300 prominent keynote speakers and panel discussions
- More than 1,400 exhibiting companies
- App Planet – the Centre of the Mobile Apps Universe
- MWC Congress Party & Awards Celebration highlighting innovative mobile solutions around the world
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Organised by GSMA. Visit the MWC 2016 website for the latest news.
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How to get to Fira Gran Via Exhibition Centre Barcelona
Fira Gran Via exhibition area and convention centre is located just outside the Barcelona city centre in the Hospitalet de Llobregat suburb of Barcelona which is about 7 km from Barcelona central Plaza Catalunya square and about 4km from Barcelona's other big exhibition area called Fira Montjuic. Both the Fira Gran Via and the Fira Montjuic are owned by Fira de Barcelona, who organise many of Barcelona biggest trade fairs and exhibitions.
From Fira Gran Via to Plaza Catalunya in the city centre: about 7 km and 20 minutes by taxi.
From Fira Gran Via to Barcelona airport: about 9 km which takes 15 minutes by taxi.
From Fira Gran Via to Fira Montjuic exhibition area: about 4 km which takes 8 minutes by taxi.
Station: Pl. Espanya. Metro lines 1, 3 and FGC trains (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat)
How to get to Plaza Espanya by bus:
Bus lines: 9, 13, 27, 30, 38, 50, 52, 53, 55, 56, 57, 61, 65, 91, 109, 141, EA, EN, EB
Barcelona airport Aerobús bus lines has a stop at Pl Espanya
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