The hotels in Barcelona are registering cancellations of reservations for the days of the Mobile Congress, although it is still too early to quantify the global impact on these establishments of the announcement of the companies that have canceled their attendance at the event for the coronavirus.
As explained by the Hotel Guild of Barcelona in a statement, the entity continues with “concern” the general effects that are occurring worldwide by the Wuhan coronavirus.
The entity has confirmed that “cancellations are occurring in the hotels of the city” although it considers that it is still “soon” to quantify what will be the “impact on the overall calculation of reservations”.
The union has expressed its “full confidence” in GSMA, the organizer of the Mobile World Congress (MWC), which has informed that the meeting will be held on the scheduled dates, from February 24 to 27, although with the appropriate prevention measures .
The Hotel Guild of Barcelona supports the GSMA in all the measures and messages it is giving in this regard, and will collaborate to guarantee a stay in Barcelona and a “fully satisfactory” participation in the Mobile for all people participating in this technological meeting.
From the guild it is recognized that the situation is “very variable” so the entity will be “especially attentive, active and participatory” with all the agencies involved to continue managing this “exceptional situation”.
The Japanese operator NTT Docomo has joined Ericsson, LG, Amazon or Sony and has canceled its attendance at the Mobile Congress due to the impact of the coronavirus.
Concern has also been expressed by the president of the Association of Tourist Apartments of Barcelona (Apartur), Enrique Alcántara, who has explained to EFE the sector is worried because every day “a new company appears” that cancels its attendance at the congress.
However, he has assured that, for the moment, there are no data confirming that reservations for apartments are being canceled due to the coronavirus, since, although there are cancellations, they are testimonial and practically the same as other years.
There is the circumstance that this year the reservations of tourist apartments for Mobile had started earlier than in other editions and, at the beginning of the month, they were at 86% when at the same dates of other years they reached 79%.