• Ship at Tarragona's Port (by ACN)

    Foreign investments in Catalonia in 2016 reach €4.8 billion

    Foreign investment in Catalonia throughout 2016 totaled €4.8billion, 1.3% less than in 2015. Indeed, 2015 had set a historic record in terms of foreign investment, registering a 57.8% growth in comparison to the previous year. Despite this slight decrease, 2016 represents the second best year in the historic series, according to data published this Tuesday by the Spanish Ministry for Economy, Industry and Competitiveness. Moreover, Catalonia ranks second in terms of foreign investment in Spain, Accounting for 20% of the investment and only surpassed by Madrid, which attracts 46.7% of foreign capital. Regarding Catalan exports, they totaled €5.3 billion in January, the highest figure for this month since 2000. This data confirms Catalonia as the leading territory in Spain in terms of exports followed by Andalusia, whose exports totaled €2.5 billion.

Business

Barcelona's Deputy Mayor for Business, Jaume Collboni, talks to Catalonia Trade&Investment UK and Ireland Director, Oscar Martí, in London (by ACN)

03.10.16 - 18:47

‘Brexit’ will "strengthen collaboration between London and Barcelona", Barcelona’s second Deputy Mayor says

Barcelona’s Deputy Mayor for Business, Innovation and Culture, Jaume Collboni, visited London this Monday to explain the so-called ‘Brexit Plan’. This initiative aims to establish a unique window to support British...

Train transporting goods in the south of Barcelona (by ACN)

16.09.16 - 15:59

Lack of Spanish investment in the Mediterranean Corridor linked to TP Ferro’s failure, says Catalan minister

The Catalan Minister for Planning and Sustainability, Josep Rull, has pointed to Spain’s lack of investment in the Mediterranean Corridor as the main cause for the collapse of TP Ferro, the concessionaire for the new high-speed (HS) railway...
Norwegian's CEO, Bjorn Kjos, together with Catalan Minister for Territory and Sustainability, Josep Rull, Barcelona's Deputy Mayor, Jaume Collboni and El Prat Airport's Director, Sònia Corrochano (by ACN)

07.09.16 - 19:01

Norwegian to connect Barcelona to four cities in the USA next summer

Barcelona El Prat Airport will be connected to Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Miami through direct flights operated by low-cost airline Norwegian. Thus, Barcelona will host the only direct route to San Francisco in the whole of Spain....

A tourist in front of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona (by ACN)

30.08.16 - 10:51

More than 10 million international tourists visit Catalonia

Catalonia continues to be the most attractive destination for international tourists travelling to Spain. Up to 25.3% of all foreign visitors stay in Catalonia, according to figures published on Tuesday, which also show a 4.7% increase in the...
Tourist at Sagrada Familia's entrance (by ACN)

21.09.16 - 19:43

Barcelona could introduce a tourist tax from 2017

Visitors coming to Barcelona in 2017 may be levied with a tourist tax. This would be added to the fee Catalonia already applies to people staying in Catalan hotels, camping sites and tourist cottages. The Municipal Commission of Economy and...
Catalonia's stand at 'Smart City' fair 2016 (by ACN)

14.09.16 - 18:47

15 Barcelona start-ups to pitch their tech projects at California’s Disrupt SF 2016

From digital health, to the Internet of Things (IoT), Artifical Intelligence (AI), virtual reality, AgTech and EdTech. These are the fields of the 15 Barcelona start-ups representing Catalonia at the Disrupt SF 2016...

The Metropolis trains will be manufactured at Alstom’s factory located in Santa Perpetua (by Alstom)

02.09.16 - 11:24

Alstom to supply new trains for Lima Metro

The new ‘Metropolis’ trains will be manufactured at the company factory in Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, in Barcelona. Alstom has signed a €200 million contract with Graña y Montero Ferrovías to supply 20 train sets (120 cars) for Line 1 of...
A picture from Gas Natural Fenosa's headquarters, located in Barcelona (by ACN)

23.08.16 - 11:52

Gas Natural to invest €120 million in Australian wind farm project

The Catalan multinational, through its international power generation business company Global Power Generation (GPG), has been awarded its first wind farm contract in Australia. The 91-megawatt park will be constructed in the state of New South...
The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, and the Valencian President, Ximo Puig (by Generalitat Valenciana)

19.09.16 - 19:43

Catalonia and Valencia urge Spain to complete the Mediterranean Corridor within a “credible timeframe”

The Catalan and Valencian governments, together with social and economic representatives, have created a common front to push for the execution of the plan for the Mediterranean Corridor Railway. On Monday, they urged the Spanish Government to...
Former 'CaixaBank' President and now Chair of Gas Natural Fenosa, Isidre Fainé

13.09.16 - 14:43

Former ‘CaixaBank’ president Isidre Fainé to chair Gas Natural Fenosa

Criteria Caixa, the industrial holding of ‘La Caixa’, and the oil company Repsol will sell 10% each of their share capital of Barcelona-based Gas Natural Fenosa to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) for a total of €3.802...

Flats on sale in Catalonia (by ACN)

31.08.16 - 16:40

Mortgages in Catalonia grow 51.1% in a year

The annual rate of mortgage borrowing increased substantially in the last 12 months, thanks to increasing confidence in the economy. The average amount borrowed for a mortgage in Catalonia in June was €134,509, according to figures published by...
A tourist buying postcards in Barcelona's Les Rambles (by O. Campuzano)

22.08.16 - 12:42

Barcelona is almost excellent –just a bit too crowded, say tourists

A new poll shows that tourists in the Catalan capital gave the city a score of 8.6 on a scale of 0 to 10. An almost excellent result, which is, however, overshadowed by concerns by those same visitors that the city attracts way too many people. In...
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