Since the Olympics of 1992 the numbers of tourists has grown almost exponentially - from 2.45 million in 1993 to 7.44 million in 2012, with the number expected to break through the 8 million barrier with ease, and in fact, approach 9 million.
As a forward -looking, dynamic and cosmopolitan city, it’s not surprising that Barcelona’s economy is thriving compared to other areas of Spain. In buzzing Barcelona, shops, hotels, businesses, bars and restaurants continue to grow and adapt to changing fashions and trends, while still maintaining the essence of a functional city built on trade, textiles and master craftsmen. Unlike other world class centres that can lose their character in the rush to embrace globalisation, Barcelona has got the balance right, promoting small business growth, as well as welcoming multinational brands.
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