Forum visitor numbers disappoint

26th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

26 July 2004, BARCELONA – The controversial Forum 2004 festival has only sold just over 1,500,000 tickets – less than half of its target of five million.

26 July 2004

BARCELONA – The controversial Forum 2004 festival has only sold just over 1,500,000 tickets – less than half of its target of five million.

When it was first launched in 1999, organisers promised it would sell five million by this stage in the five-month cultural extravaganza.

With only 62 days left until the 141-day festival closes, it looks unlikely it will hit this target and may incur huge debts.

Forum 2004 is a multi-cultural festival whose themes are peace, sustainable development and other Third World issues, combined with concerts, exhibitions and other arts events.

But critics have said it is really designed to help developers and the hotel industry in Barcelona while the general public remains confused about its real purpose.

Organisers said Monday they were still hopeful to reach their target visitor numbers and said they had reached the "critical point" of the battle to attract more people.

Despite criticism, Forum 2004 spokesman Frederic Porta hit back at the "fetish for numbers(of visitors).

"We value each one of the visitors who come to visit us and leave satisfied," he said.

He added many people left commenting on the quality of the event.

But he admitted: "To reach the five million visitors that we had hoped to attract seems more and more difficult."

The organisers are to meet Wednesday to discuss the visitor numbers which are 20 percent lower than they had planned for.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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