In 1993, Fira Barcelona Gran Via's construction began to create more exhibition space for the mass amounts of attendees to locally held conferences, congresses and trade shows. The Congresse Centre was remodeled, and in 1995, the first section was complete.
Flash-forward to 2003 when Japanese architect Toyo Ito designed the venue with natural, organic lines and beautiful lighting. Like the Fira de Barcelona, the Gran Via location promotes minimal use of energy and sustainability.
One of the biggest conventions held at the Fira locations is the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest gathering for the mobile industry, held in February or March every year. The Convention focuses on digital empowerment, transformation and innovation.
Sónar, the international music and art festival, also takes place at the Fira locations, which also hosts important bridal conventions and food and drink expos.
The Firas help contribute greatly to the city, and the events they host bring thousands of businesspeople and visitors to Barcelona.