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Au Revoir Brussels, Hola Barcelona! Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global Moving to Spain

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Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, the highly successful international seafood trade event that has been held in Brussels for almost three decades, is moving to sunnier climes in two years’ time. Meanwhile the 2021 edition will take place at the Fira de Barcelona in Spain from April 27-29. The 2020 running of the show, set for April 21-23, will be held at the Brussels Expo venue for the the 28th time.

The organizer, Diversified Communications, announced on September 17 that the decision was the result of extensive market research based on exhibitor and visitor feedback over the years and an evaluation of major destinations throughout Europe. Barcelona’s expansive hotel offering will provide attendees and exhibitors considerable value for their money and a larger, modern venue that will present future growth opportunities.

“The location of our show contributes to our customers’ overall experience,” said Mary Larkin, President of Portland, Maine-headquartered Diversified Communications USA. “The Brussels Expo and the city of Brussels were great partners to launch and grow this event, and we appreciate the services and support they provided over the years. Moving to a larger city and venue, with opportunity for long-term growth, is a necessary evolution. It will enhance the visitor experience and the business being done between buyers and sellers.”

“We are excited to host the largest seafood event in the world,” commented Constantí Serrallonga, General Manager of Fira de Barcelona. “Barcelona is regarded as a global city with a multitude of options for accommodation, dining and activities. The Gran Via venue is conveniently located in one of the most modern cities in Europe and offers cutting-edge services and logistics.”

“Barcelona is an international destination and major seafood hub in Europe, which makes it the perfect location to hold a global event like Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global,” said Liz Plizga, Group Vice President at Diversified Communications. The vibrant seaside city has a lot to offer with a variety of restaurants, renowned cultural attractions, markets, outdoor activities and a busy nightlife.

Fira de Barcelona hosts around 150 events annually bringing in-depth expertise servicing global trade events. Its Gran Via venue is one of the largest in Europe, with over 200,000 square meters of floor space, eight exhibit halls, more than 40 restaurants and is readily accessible by car, train and plane.

Almost very year, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, continues to break records in terms of total attendance and exhibit space. The last edition hosted more than 29,000 seafood buyers and suppliers from around the globe with over 2,000 exhibiting companies, making it the largest and most successful event in the expo’s history.