This is how visitors to Barcelona are for the F-1: 34 years on average and about a thousand euros spent per day

Nothing is the same after the worst of the pandemic, not even the Spanish F-1 Grand Prix, that recovers the warmth of the public after two years with hardly any applause. But those attendees, who will refill Barcelonathey will also be somewhat different, so the final economic impact of the sports event remains to be seen, which before covid meant a few €163 million. What no one doubts is that they will be the final springboard for the recovery of tourism and the optimistic forecasts for the sector.

The general director of the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya, José Luis Santamaria, underlines thate up to 2019, 70% of those attendees were foreignerswhile on this occasion the balance tips towards the origin of the rest of Spain, as verified by the sale of tickets from their website. they will follow French, British and Dutch, and at a distance, Portuguese, Mexicans, Germans and Italians. However, the most accurate x-ray will be obtained after the survey that will be carried out at the foot of the track, where the information of those who have bought tickets from collaborating agencies is also collected.

Regardless of their origin, for practical purposes, they will once again dominate the accommodation around Montmeló and the Catalan capital, as well as its gastronomy and leisure offer.

Champagne and VIP areas

The data collected by the organization highlights that usually (until the pandemic) each attendee spent an average of one thousand euros per day, including transportation, transfers, tickets, accommodation, restaurants… On this occasion, the demand for tickets has been so high that they have sold out in all categories. From ‘pelouse’ to the so-called spaces of hospitalitywhere those who rent them invite their guests to watch the race and spend the day in those comfortable and luxurious suites with all the services.

It is estimated that until now the average age of the attendees was 34 years. And although the profiles are plural, from amateurs with moderate resources to the most elite, in general they make up one of the most profitable audiences in terms of major events for Barcelona. And it is that not only motorsport fans travel, but also legions of guests from participating companies and sponsors. Reservations abound. corporate, both accommodation and gastronomy and with very loose budgets. And not a few gourmets: it is one of the dates on which more champagne is served in Barcelona.

The 10 participating teams already have thousands of visitors. Normally, the technicians stay close to the circuit, for convenience, even three weeks in advance, while the pilots and many companies and individuals with high purchasing power choose Barcelona. Santamaría reports that there is also a strong impact on rental of machinery, vehicles and services prior to the tests.

Practical information

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The activity around the GP will begin to be noticed this Thursday, with a visit to his pit lane. On Friday there is already training on the track and on the weekend there will be F1, F2, F3 and ‘women series’ tests, to culminate with the big race on sunday at 15.00. Although many attendees will leave behind her, not a few will also spend the night in the city on Sunday and celebrate the awards or the end of the event, one of the most important in the world and for which they have been accredited 800 media professionals.

The director of the Circuit recommends plan care well –doors open at 7:00 a.m.– and recommends going in coach (from Nord Station) or Rodalies (in Montmeló there will be connection shuttles), and wear caps and hats given the expected high temperatures. The venue will debut a new range of restaurants (grilled, Mediterranean…) and will have game facilities for the little ones and a ‘pelouse’ with music for those under 30 years of age.

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