Mobile World Congress 2018: Essential Guide
The Mobidea Crew is getting ready for another edition of Mobile World Congress, one of the world’s most important and popular digital marketing conferences.
This will be a memorable event and a great opportunity for you to welcome 2018 with a bang.
But what about Barcelona?
What about transportation, restaurants, and things for you to do when the talk isn’t all about business?
I’ve got your back.
Here are 8 things you need to know about Mobile World Congress and the city of Barcelona to make sure you have the time of your life in Catalonia!
8 Things You Need to Know About Mobile World Congress 2018
1. The Preparation
Let’s say you’ve never been to Barcelona.
You know nothing about the city, its history or its culture.
What’s the first thing to take into account?
You need to get a Visa and a Passport!
Click right here and make sure you get a passport that takes you to Spain!
Don’t know whether or not you need a Visa?
Check this link and clear the air!
The Passport and the Visa?
Depending on your location, flights to Barcelona will be more or less expensive.
What if I went ahead and gave you a sweet link of a website where you can check some flights to Barcelona and get a notion of the price you’ll have to pay?
What about the airport?
It’s called Barcelona-El Prat Airport.
It’s located 12 km southwest of Barcelona’s city centre.
I bet you didn’t know but this airport is the second busiest and second largest airport in Spain.
Moreover, it’s the seventh busiest in Europe, because Barcelona is a tremendously cool city that keeps on attracting new visitors every single day.
In 2016, the airport handled a record-breaking 44.1 million passengers!
That’s a whole lotta folks, bro!
Wanna go from the airport to Barcelona’s city centre?
You can catch a train at the airport.
25 minutes later, you’ll be in Passeig de Gràcia, the center of Barcelona’s vibrant life!
2. I’m Here! Now, What?
Now that you’re in Barcelona, there’s a couple of things you should get done.
First, make sure you stack some cash.
The currency used in Spain is the Euro.
It’s also used in 19 other countries which are part of the European Union, including Portugal and France (Spain’s territorial neighbors.)
How much is the Euro worth, you ask?
Check this link and understand how many Euros you’ll be able to spend!
Wondering about prices because you fear Barcelona is gonna be super expensive?
Nothing like checking this link and getting a clue of what it’s all about!
Now that you’ve become acquainted with some important facts, it’s time for you to start thinking about your sleeping arrangements.
This will be a busy time in Barcelona.
The first reason is that Barcelona is always busy, since there are millions of tourists walking about every day.
The second reason?
This is Mobile World Congress!
There’ll be so many marketers in town, it’ll be impossible for you not to run into some industry brothers and sisters!
What can you do?
Get those hotel reservations ready!
Need a cheaper spot?
Click this link and get your bed ready for some much-deserved, post-event sleep!
3. Where’s the Event, Anyway?
The event will be held in Mobile World Capital.
It’s in the Fira Gran Via conference facility.
Av. Joan Carles I, 64, 08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona
Want more info about this location?
Need the metro grid to help you get there because you know the city’s gonna be filled with cars and chaos?
4. The Event: What’s the Story?
Mobile World Congress is one of the world’s most important and best-loved events.
It’s actually the biggest exhibition for the mobile industry.
It’s also a remarkably awesome conference which always manages to feature super important executives representing the biggest mobile operators, device manufacturers, vendors, content owners, and tech providers from all over this green earth.
It’s organized by GSMA, a trade body which represents the interests of mobile network operators all over the globe.
The GSMA was founded in 1995 and the first Mobile World Congress event was held in 2009, nine years ago.
The event usually takes place from late February until early March.
The date of this year’s Mobile World Congress?
February 26th until March 1st.
The event has been held in Catalonia’s famous city since 2006.
Before that, Mobile World Congress was held in Cannes, France.
Wondering how many people actually show up on a yearly basis?
The annual attendance is something like 100.000 people.
Moreover, you can expect to see people from 208 countries, more than 400 operator companies, 10.000 operator attendees, 2.300 exhibitors, etc.
Thinking about possible speakers?
You can be psyched about listening to the Founder and Chairman of GSMA, Sunil Bharti Mittal, or McAfee’s CEO, Christopher Young, or even Rajeev Misra, the CEO of SoftBank Vision Fund.
This is the elite of the game!
Can you possibly miss this tremendously important occasion for digital marketers to get together and talk about technology?
Of course not!
5. Transportation Time!
Let’s pretend the event is done.
You’ve either handed or gotten more flyers than you thought could possibly exist in real life.
You’ve listened to the conferences and talked for hours with some remarkably keen tech pros.
This is Barcelona!
You need to check it out!
You can hop on buses all over the city!
These buses are always running, from Monday to Sunday.
Ready to catch your bus?
The Metro in Barcelona is composed of 12 lines.
It opens every single day.
At what time?
On some days, it runs all night long.
The closing times vary according to each day.
In fact, from Monday through Thursday, the subway system closes at midnight.
On Fridays and on eves of public holidays, it closes at 2AM.
On Saturdays, it runs all night long.
On Sundays and public holidays during the week, it closes at midnight.
The metro is operated by two companies:
- Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB)
- Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC)
Check the lines operated by each company:
- TMB operated lines: L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, L9, L10, L11
- FCG operated lines: L6, L7, L8
You should really consider going for the metro and the bus.
The city is gonna be chaotic, which means taxis may take a whole lotta time, thus delaying your life!
Have some cash and don’t need public transportation?
Then you can hop on a cab!
There’s only one specific kind of licensed taxis in Barcelona.
You can also use Uber to get around real quick!
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