The Formula 1 Emirates Grand Prix of Spain 2019

April 30 and May 1 marked the 25th anniversary of the deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna.

This year, the Circuit de Catalunya team wanted to pay tribute to them with a very nice gesture; fulfilling Ayrton’s last wish by taking the Brazilian and Austrian flags to the podium.

The Formula 1 Emirates Grand Prix of Spain 2019 will take place at the Circuit de Catalunya, on 10, 11 and 12 May. Don’t miss it!

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VIP AfterWork Event. Barcelona Aquarium

Yesterday VIPPA-BCN was invited to the VIP Afterwork event held at the Aquarium of Barcelona.

A great reception and after the identifications, we deposited in a fishbowl our business card to enter in the draw of; A bath among sharks!

After the identification we entered the enclosure. A walk through an environment full of nature and all the species of fish you can imagine, octopus, tropical fish and poisonous fish, a great catwalk where the great bull shark walked, among others. You walked submerged between sharks and other species and where they explained to us what the name of dorada comes from, they showed us the moray eels and taught us how to distinguish between a male and female shark.

We ended the visit in a large room surrounded by fish and penguins where a brunch with good music took place. Vegetarian burgers that looked like meat, foie baskets, ham with square beaks and fritters of Manchego cheese, among other delicacies and to finish the afternoon, the draw for the bath between sharks and; Don’t you know who were the lucky ones?


We can’t wait for the day. What a great experience!

We would like to thank the Aquarium of Barcelona for the invitate as it was a very pleasant afternoon and full of surprises because they have a lot of unforgettable experiences that you can not miss. If you have something to celebrate, contact us at


Great Hotel Debate


Today, March 19, VIPPA-BCN attended the «Great Hotel Debate» held this morning at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Barcelona.

This day has revealed the way in which the adjacent cities of Barcelona will oxygenate the tourism of the city and will be protagonists of new hotel developments.

The event has been divided into two main blocks. In the first part, called «The Great Touristic Barcelona», questions were answered such as What new actions are required at the level of infrastructure improvement, tourism promotion, etc…?, How will tourism in Barcelona in a few years? or How will all the new actions affect the urban nucleus? and all this in the hands of some luxury speakers moderated by Bruno Hallé, Partner Co-Head of Hospitality Spain from Cushman & Wakefield.

Jorge Rodríguez, Country Manager Spain. easyHOTEL.
Josep Abellan, CFO Iberia. B&B Hotels.
Nicolás Lleixá, Chief Commercial Officer. Sercotel Hotel Group.
Yago Camps, Director. Rafaelhoteles Badalona.
Francesc Vila, Tourism Manager. Barcelona Provincial Council.

In the second part, called «The four top hotel trends» have dealt with issues of technology and integration of value of the environment hand in hand:
Ghislain D’Auvigny. General Manager. Pierre&Vacances Sapin.

Federico Holzmann. Director of Corporate Expansion and Wealth Management. Catalonia Hotels.
Isaac Mestre, General Manager. Hotel Miramar Barcelona and Gran Hotel La Florida.
Enrique Escofet, Managing Director. Crowne Plaza Hotel Barcelona.

And moderated by Carlos Díez de la Lastra, General Manager. Les Roches Marbella Global Hospitality Education.

We have learnt many things, we have seen that we are following future trends and that there is still a lot of work to be done, especially in terms of public-private partnerships or private companies, but we are doing a good job!

It has been very interesting, rewarding and we have been able to interact with professionals in the sector as well as reconnecting with old friends and colleagues.

A pleasure. Thank you very much!

Vincent Van Gogh in Barcelona

Yesterday, March 14, the «Meet Vincent van Gogh Experience» was inaugurated in the Port Vell of Barcelona and VIPPA-BCN was there.

This 90-minutes walk is based on the knowledge and experience of the Van Gogh Museum. An itinerant 3D experience that invites visitors to travel through the fascinating life of Vincent van Gogh. It explores the history of the man behind the painter and the motifs of his art.

The visit is made through an audio guide and through life-size projections of works, photographs and film fragments, detailed reproductions, interactive multimedia and applications, stage theatrical pieces, audiovisual scenes and quotations from more than 800 letters. The audio guide brings to life numerous figures: Vincent van Gogh himself, his brother Theo, his sister-in-law Jo Bonger, his parents and other key players.

Surrounded by theatrical scenes from places such as the Parisian café Le Tambourin, the Saint-Rémy hospital where Van Gogh was for a while in and the Yellow House in Arles, visitors are transported back to key places in Vincent’s life. Reproductions of Van Gogh’s palette and other materials are true to real life. You can use a perspective frame like Vincent’s, and even the famous pair of shoes depicted in one of his famous works has been faithfully reproduced.

In the opening scene, you find yourself in the middle of the wheat field where Van Gogh was mortally wounded. Alarmed by a gunshot that sounds, you see crows fluttering in the sky, you feel the Provencal breeze and you hear Van Gogh’s voice quoting one of his last letters to his brother Theo. You become an integral part of this realistic scene.

It’s a complete experience where education and entertainment go hand in hand and you can enjoy it until June 2, 2019.

You can’t miss it!


Horrorland come back for Christmas. A theme park in Barcelona dedicated to terror

Horrorland is a concept of leisure and entertainment never seen in the country. It was the first Scream Park in southern Europe. A theme park entirely of terror with Haunted Houses, shows, Escape Room and much more that opened its doors for 15 days during the 2018 Halloween season.

The next 28, 29 and December 30 reopens its doors according to a statement from the organization. His new proposal is a «terrifying Christmas» where visitors can, for example, take the letter to a bloodthirsty Santa Claus or face the most dangerous goblins. Tickets went on sale on Wednesday, October 24.


Donuts opens its first store in Spain and chooses Barcelona

From the 7th of November until the 31st of January you will be able to find in the shopping centre «Diagonal Mar» the first ‘pop up store’ in Spain of Donuts. Initially and as an experiment, it will be open just for 3 months.

Under the name «Oh my donuts» they offer:

– The possibility to create your own donuts with different stuffings and toppings. Personalized donuts!

– It will not be necessary to travel to the center «Diagonal Mar» to be able to enjoy them since they will have home delivery service through Glovo.

– Those who love classic donuts will also enjoy them.

So if this news has whetted your appetite, now you know! Pick up the phone or come to Diagonal Mar and also take advantage of Christmas shopping.





Etihad Airways will launch a new service to Barcelona

Etihad Airways has announced the introduction of a new regular service between Abu Dhabi and Barcelona, starting November 21, 2018. The route will initially be operated five times a week by a two-class Airbus A330-200 before becoming a daily operation on 31 March 2019.

Barcelona will become the second city in Spain served by Etihad Airways, complementing the airline’s current daily service to the capital, Madrid. The new link will provide business and leisure travellers with convenient timetables for travel between Abu Dhabi and Barcelona, as well as providing seamless connections through Abu Dhabi to major cities in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Korea and Australia.

Peter Baumgartner, Managing Director of Etihad Airways, said: «As one of the largest unserved markets in our Abu Dhabi base, Barcelona – a centre of culture, commerce, tourism, education, fashion and science – has witnessed a significant increase in demand for emirate travel, and for our entire network.

«We are delighted to announce the first direct link between these two major global centres. We are confident that it will be very popular with the UAE and customers in Barcelona, allowing us to extend our acclaimed flight service, hospitality and style to this vibrant Mediterranean city, and build on the flourishing cultural and commercial ties between the UAE and Spain.

The new service will be launched in time for the start of the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix Etihad Airways 2018, the largest sporting event in the Middle East, to be held from 23-25 November at the 5.55-kilometre-long Yas Marina circuit in the capital.

Etihad Airways has an extensive code-share partnership with Air Europa (UX) on the Spanish airline’s scheduled services from Madrid to Barcelona and 18 other major European cities.





CEO’S dinner: Chamber International of Entrepreneurs of Barcelona

Yesterday, June 20, VIPPA-BCN had the pleasure of attending the CEO Dinner within the Excelsior CEOs Club. The event took place at the Indigo Barcelona Hotel at 21.00h.

A pleasure to share your ideas with entrepreneurs and professionals involved with their ideas and their businesses. A pleasure to share a dinner with people who, like you, share their past, their present and above all their future and are able to convince you. A pleasure to meet people that enjoy Barcelona the same as we do and aim to share their dream.

Thank you for giving us this opportunity and see you next time! Which I’m sure will be very soon.

Here we leave you with the photos of the event




Solidarity concert in the Palau de la Música

Yesterday, June 19, VIPPA-BCN had the pleasure of attending the solidarity concert that took place in the Palau de la Música. The entire amount collected was used for the social work of the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu. The concert was also a tribute to Pere Raventós by his daughter Mª Rosa. Mr. Pere Raventós lived by and for music and the day he died, played throughout the day saying goodbye to life and his passion.

It was an exciting event that began with Aranjuez mon amour by pianist Manel Barea and ended with New york, New york sung by Lloll Bertran and Miguel Arrué and performed by the Banda Simfònica de Badalona. During the first part of the show, several members of the band performed “solos” accompanied on many occasions with a piano that made our hair stand on end. To name but a few; Jordi Casas with his clarinet played «Medley Cinema Paradiso and City of Starts», Eva Fortes and her flute playing J.S Bach or Susana Marco and her trumpet playing Puccini’s Nessun dorma. But for us, the most special moment was the pieces La Bohème, Parole parole and My way performed by three pianos at the same time! Manel Barea, Francesc Aragón and Mª Rosa Raventós.

The Badalona Symphony Orchestra, in the second act, was incredible, with the Catalan Suite in which they performed, among others, the cant dels ocells, Rosó o els segadors and the song «per un petó» sung by Celdoni Fonoll.

Three exciting hours with music as the main element and backstage solidarity and collaboration with the children of the Sant Joan de Déu hospital. We appreciate initiatives like this that VIPPA-BCN will always join. It always is a pleasure for the ears and soul.





Presentation of the Monster Energy Grand Prix of Catalonia

VIPPA-BCN today had the pleasure of attending the presentation of the next Moto GP award to be held next weekend (June 15-17) at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The event took place today, June 13, 2018, at the Miramar Hotel in Barcelona at 11:00 am.

The event was opened by the President of the Circuit de Catalunya, who asked to all to observe a minute’s silence in memory of the 14 year-old Andreas Pérez, death last weekend. We at VIPPA-BCN are sorry for the loss and would like to send our condolences to his family.

For this edition, the circuit has a new layout so the options to surprise are greater and competitiveness is assured. Safety has also been improved by asphalting some stretches. And beyond the track we will find an authentic festival for all audiences with proposals to enjoy the facilities. Tribute to Angel Nieto and Luis Salom, the Monster Party, photocall, surfing machine simulators, custom-made podiums, Monster World Championship pilots to sign autographs, electronic music DJ’s, batucades, castellers, the Family Village, visit to the pit-lane and access for fans to experience the celebration first hand, among many other things.

Participants of Moto GP, Moto 2 and 3 have come to the event and, between anecdotes, they have told us how they face the competition. All of them have agreed on the same thing: «We’ll go out to win and if we don’t win we’ll score points to climb positions. But the main idea is to win. They told us about their new team-mates and they all agreed again that «the stronger and better your team-mate is, the more it helps you to overcome and improve» and although Marc Márquez had asked for a strong signing, now he thinks that maybe he didn’t expect so much, Jorge Lorenzo will accompany him.

We were also joined by the newly released and excited father and uncle, Aleix and Pol Espargaró, who have also made their debut with twins. And Alex Marquez, whose exhibition has not lost any detail of his brother with his mobile phone. By the way, Marc Marquez, when asked if he was willing to follow in the footsteps of his colleague Aleix, replied with laughter: «It seems that I’m going the other way».

Are you going to miss it? There’s still time to get your ticket. There is something for every taste and size. From family packs to tickets with special prices for young people.

If you want to go for it, click HERE.