Where would you like the Mobile World Congress to be held from 2013?
That is a good question. Sadly though, this isn’t up to you or me.
The GSMA, which is the association that organizes the yearly Mobile World Congress, has publicly revealed the cities that are bidding to get a contract to host the prestigious mobile industry event between 2013 and 2017.
These are: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Cologne, Milan, Munich and Paris.
Barcelona has been the host since 2006, and will be the host of at least the next two MWCs, in 2011 and 2012, even if it doesn’t win.
The GSMA expects to have a shortlist of cities available by January 2011 and to announce the winner sometime in mid-2011.
The Mobile World Congress (previously known as 3GSM) has kept growing and growing since its first edition which was held back in 1987 and 50,000 visitors are expected to be present for next year’s event in February.
The four-day conference and exhibition attracts executives from the world’s largest companies across the mobile industry and adjacent sectors, as well as interested government delegations and, yes, loads of mobile-obsessed bloggers. Oh, and a lot of press too. It is then, undoubtedly, the event for the global mobile industry, and thus important changes such as the city it’s held in pretty much have to be announced this much in advance.