Uh-oh! BIG uh-oh!
If you’re planning to go to the Mobile World Congress next week, you better be ready; and we mean not just with your camera, food, water, and energy to keep you going throughout the day!
We just learned that there will be a transportation strike from Barcelona’s main public transportation operator, the TMB. While the strike has been slated for February 27 to March 1, there is reason to believe that it will not affect the event itself. However, if you’re going to MWC and hoping to get some shopping sightseeing done, this transportation strike may affect you. The strike has also been believed to affect all major bus and metro routes throughout Barcelona. It is also believed that there will be 60,000 attendees during this strike.
Here’s the official statement from GSMA, the organizers of the Mobile World Congress.
The metro and bus workers from TMB, the main public transport operator in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, have announced plans to strike during Mobile World Congress which will be held 27th February through 1st March 2012.
The GSMA has senior executives in Barcelona and they have been meeting regularly with government officials from the City of Barcelona, Catalonia Regional Government, Spanish Ministry of Industry, the Fira and the various police authorities since the strike was first announced. The GSMA has advised the government authorities that they should do everything to avert the strike and we have been assured that negotiations are ongoing in order to try and resolve the issues.
In the event the parties do not reach agreement, comprehensive contingency plans are in place to ensure that all participants of the Mobile World Congress have unfettered access to and from the Fira during all days of the event. We will announce the details of those contingency plans as necessary should the strike take place. The GSMA remains confident that the issues will be resolved and that there will be little, if any, impact to the Mobile World Congress.
Further, the Barcelona government has offered the GSMA its strong assurances that Mobile World Congress attendees will not be affected and all participants will be able to arrive and depart the event safely and without disruption.
So if you don’t know your way around, make sure you prepare yourself with a map or even Google Map app. Just a friendly reminder from your favorite Android website, Android Authority!