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The economic impact of the Barcelona Olympic Games, 1986-2004

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The key to the success of the Barcelona Games (Samaranch, 1992) lies in the strength of the objectives (organisational excellence and urban impact), the inter-institutional consensus , the use of special management bodies , mixed private-public funding models , and also the successful harnessing of the Olympic impetus and attracting of investments.

Barcelona’s dream of hosting an Olympic Games which would achieve the highest levels of human and sporting quality was fulfilled. In the process, the city itself underwent an impressive urban transformation.

Overall, we can say:

  • The Barcelona Games were a total success in organisational and sporting terms.
  • The urban transformation generated by the Games had far-reaching economic and social impacts .
  • Barcelona has been highly successfully in harnessing the impetus and legacy of the Games : by 2001, the city was ranked as the Europe’s sixth most attractive.

Consequently, the Barcelona Games, their organisation and impact, have become a model from the sporting, organisational, economic, social and urban planning perspectives .



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Editor's comments - [  This article [in English] sets out to study the following: The organisation of the 2002 Games in terms of the model adopted, methods and resources used over the 1986-1992 period, the impact of the investments made on economic activity, employment, income, construction, tourism and transport, with special emphasis on the 1992-2002 period, the city’s harnessing of the Olympic impetus to improve its strategic position with a view to the future (2002-2010).  ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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Reference : Brunet, Ferran (2005): The economic impact of the Barcelona Olympic Games, 1986-2004:. Barcelona: Centre d’Estudis Olímpics UAB.


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