The GSMA today reported that more than 72,000 visitors from over 200 countries attended the 2013 Mobile World Congress, setting another new record for the mobile industry’s major event. The four-day conference and exhibition attracted executives from the world’s largest and most influential industry sectors as well as government delegations. Over 50 per cent of this year’s Mobile World Congress attendees hold C-level positions, including more than 4,300 CEOs.
John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd said: “Mobile is one of the most vibrant and dynamic industries in the world, and the innovation that is powering the sector was clearly evident throughout Mobile World Congress, in the exhibition, the conference, programmes such as App Planet and mPowered Brands and new event initiatives such as the NFC Experience. We thank all attendees, exhibitors and sponsors for making our 2013 event such a success.”
According to a preliminary independent economic analysis, the 2013 Mobile World Congress will have contributed more than 320 million Euros to the local economy. This represents an increase of approximately 19 million Euros over the economic impact of the 2012 event and is driven by the growth in attendance and number of exhibiting companies, as well as the increased footprint of exhibition and hospitality spaces.
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