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Seafood Expo Global bids farewell to Brussels

17 September 2019, at 4:59pm

Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, the world’s largest seafood trade event, will be relocating from Brussels to Barcelona in 2021.

After 28 years at the Brussels Expo, the event’s 29th edition will take place on 27-29 April 2021 at the Fira de Barcelona. The decision, according to event organiser Diversified Communications, follows “extensive market research based on exhibitor and attendee feedback over the years and an evaluation of major destinations throughout Europe. Barcelona’s robust hotel offering will provide attendees and exhibitors considerable value for their investment and a larger, modern venue that will present long-term growth opportunities”.

The Fira de Barcelona offers Seafood Expo Global, "a larger, modern venue that will present long-term growth opportunities", according to Diversified Communications
The Fira de Barcelona offers Seafood Expo Global, "a larger, modern venue that will present long-term growth opportunities", according to Diversified Communications

“The location of our event contributes to our customers’ overall experience,” said Mary Larkin, president of 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 the event 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.

Every 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.

Fira’s state-of-the-art Gran Via venue is one of the largest in Europe, with over 200,000 square metres of floor space, eight exhibit halls, more than 40 restaurants and is easily accessible by car, train and plane.

“While we are excited for the move to Barcelona, we look forward to delivering an exceptional event in Brussels in 2020 for our exhibitors and attendees and appreciate the many relationships we have built with the city and local partners over the years,” commented Plizga.

To learn more about the 2021 event’s new location, visit www.seafoodexpo.com/global/2021-Barcelona.