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The 'Liberty of the Seas' a true floating town (by J. Pérez)

19 April 2011 12:00 AM

Barcelona becomes first cruise ship port in Europe and the Mediterranean Sea

The arrival of the huge ‘Liberty of the Seas’ and the luxurious ‘Queen Mary 2’ proves the power this kind of tourism is gaining in Catalonia's capital city.
200 of the most improtant business people of Catalonia met with the Catalan President Artur Mas (by P. Mateos)

16 April 2011 06:42 PM

Large business managers ask the Catalan President for further simplification of administrative procedures

They also asked for an improvement in vocational training and development of the Catalan economy’s internationalisation. The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, met today at the ESADE Business School with 200 of the most important...

09 April 2011 07:19 PM

2011 tourist perspectives for Catalonia and Barcelona are “exceptional” and records could be broken

Catalonia’s International Tourism Fair is currently taking place and will run until this Sunday. Barcelona broke all records in 2010 regarding visitors. 7.3 million tourists visited the Catalan capital and there were 14 million hotel nights...
An unemployment office in Barcelona (by O. Campuzano)

05 April 2011 12:23 AM

Unemployment increases in Catalonia for another month and reaches 611,269 people

Unemployment registers in Catalonia increased by 8,658 people in March. One in four jobseekers does not receive any public assistance. In addition, training courses for jobseekers have run out of funding and are waiting for the new budget to be...
The parking buildings of Barcelona's Airport Terminal 1 (by ACN)

01 April 2011 11:25 PM

More direct flights to North American, Brazilian and European destinations

Spanair, Singapore Airlines and Iberia have launched new direct connections with São Paulo, Miami and European destinations from Barcelona’s Airport. Gradually, Barcelona El Prat is putting together the pieces to become a continental hub in its...
Nestlé opened a Dolce Gusto coffee plant in Girona in 2009. Its staff increased in 2010. In 2012, the plant will be enlarged

29 March 2011 11:35 PM

Foreign Direct Investment in Catalonia in 2010 at its highest level in 10 years

FDI in Catalonia surpassed the 3.9 billion euros mark in 2010. It represents 34% of FDI in Spain and was almost three times higher than 2009 levels. The Catalan Government is currently negotiating 189 projects that could bring in up to 6.5 billion...
Lorries working in one of the facilities of Barcelona Airport's Cargo Terminal (by B. Cazorla)

28 March 2011 04:49 PM

Barcelona Airport expands its cargo terminal’s area by 10 hectares

Goods transportation is increasing at Barcelona Airport since it experienced a drop in 2009 due to the global economic crisis. Two companies have already announced that they will establish their services in the area. Barcelona Airport transported...
CatalunyaCaixa headquarters are located in Barcelona's downtown (by O. Campuzano)

28 March 2011 04:06 PM

CatalunyaCaixa to receive 1,718 million euros from the Spanish Fund for Orderly Bank Restructuring (FROB)

The board of the Catalan savings bank decided to “temporarily” use public capital in order to meet the new requirements in the sector. This move means it will reach 10.4% of ‘core capital’. Private capital is expected to increase its share...
The large retail centre Gran Via 2 in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, next to Barcelona (by ACN))

25 March 2011 12:53 AM

The Court of Justice of the European Union rules against the Catalan law on large retail establishments

Foreseeing a negative decision the Catalan Government already modified the law in 2009. The sentence declares illegal certain aspects of the law approved in 2005, such as conditioning the establishment of large retail centres to the expected...
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