2012: large format shows with an international profile


12-01-01In 2012, Fira de Barcelona is hosting large international shows and events, and will once again be a benchmark for the latest trends in mobile communications, food, packaging, new technologies, restaurant and hostelry equipment, business tourism, and fashion, among other areas. New events are also being created and Fira shows are being held in other countries.

The intense trade fair activity next year highlights Fira’s commitment to innovating, developing new business lines and fostering internationalization. In a difficult economic environment, it thereby reinforces its role as an economic engine and a generator of wealth.

The major shows in 2012, among many others, are:

12-01-03The Brandery

27 to 29 January / 11 to 13 July
This event explores the cutting edge world of urban fashion. It uses parades, concerts and exhibitions to present the new collections for the coming seasons and the latest artistic trends coming up from the streets. +info

12-01-04Mobile World Congress

27 February to 1 March
The largest gathering of the mobile communications industry, which brings together 60,000 professionals from 200 countries in Barcelona. From 2012, Barcelona will also be the international mobile capital, becoming a major technological and cultural centre. +info

12-01-05Expomovil Comercial

15 to 17 March
An unmissable date for automobile after-sales service professionals. With a wide variety of parts and accessories, this show aims to revitalize sales and increase business contacts. +info


26 to 29 March
With the presence of 4,000 firms and 140,000 visitors, this is one of the world’s most important food and beverage fairs. It is a powerful vehicle for internationalizion for the companies in this sector, which is one of the most dynamic in the Spanish economy. +info

12-01-07Hispack & Bta

15 to 18 May
This event provides an overview of the latest trends in the packaging industry, showing new designs, materials, machinery for manufacturing packaging, labelling and bottling. Once again, it is being held at the same time as Bta, the largest Spanish food technology fair. +info


24 to 25 May
Fira launches the first health management and clinical innovation forum. With top experts in attendance, it will be presenting products, services and technologies to help improve care, sustainability and healthcare organization. +info


13 to 14 June
This event is dedicated to innovation, knowledge, entrepreneurship and new business opportunities. It brings together entrepreneurs, investors and experts to define the keys to business success. +info

12-01-10Seafood Barcelona

15 to 17 October
A new exhibition dedicated to seafood, a replica of the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels, which will become one of the most important in the food and fisheries industry. With an anticipated 300 exhibitors, it offers buyers and sellers an opportunity to access the Spanish and southern European fisheries market. +info


17 to 21 October
A leader in Spain and the European benchmark in its sector, this event presents the latest in equipment, machinery, furniture, decoration and furniture for hotels and restaurants. It is moving to the modern Gran Via area in 2012. +info

12-01-12Smart City Expo

What will the cities of the future be like? This event brings together specialists from around the world to discuss the latest technological breakthroughs for creating more sustainable cities and ensuring a better quality of life for their inhabitants. +info


27 to 29 November
Everything in business travel organization, congresses and incentives. This is the world’s most important event in this field, with the participation of more than 3,000 companies from 100 countries. +info

Head abroad with Fira

12-01-14Construmat in China

11 to 13 July
Specializing in building materials from the perspective of quality and sustainability. This event is held in Beijing, and is a good proposition for Spanish companies looking to do business in the Asian market. +info

12-01-15Hostelco in Shangai

The Fira show has its own pavilion at the Hotelex fair in Shanghai, the world’s largest event for the hostelry and catering equipment industry, thanks to the agreement with the company UBM Sinoexpo. +info