In contemporary times, it is crucial for international business travelers to consider the differences in the business cultures in different parts of the world and adapt to them accordingly. In fact, it has become a critical element of peoples’ job descriptions that are always traveling for the accomplishment of business purposes. There are a lot Read More

In contemporary times, it is crucial for international business travelers to consider the differences in the business cultures in different parts of the world and adapt to them accordingly. In fact, it has become a critical element of peoples’ job descriptions that are always traveling for the accomplishment of business purposes. There are a lot of times when the basic awareness of the local etiquette, traditions, and customs can signify the distinction between a great business meeting and an unsuccessful one.

Every nation has a different business culture. Sometimes, even cities within a country could have distinct corporate characteristics. As far as Barcelona is concerned, it has progressively emerged as a Spanish business hub due to its industrial, logistics, and banking advancements. For the same reason, industrialists and businessmen from all around the world visit it frequently. And if you are going to be a visitor soon, we could offer you some useful information for a smooth business trip to Barcelona:

1)    Remember that Catalan, not Spanish, is the official language in Barcelona as it is still considered by many to be a part of Catalonia. However, Barcelona still has Spanish as its lingua franca. You can speak both Spanish and Catalan in Barcelona, and a majority of people will be able to communicate you in both languages.

2)    In professional meetings with business counterparts, a handshake is the standard greeting gesture. It is great to greet people with Buenas días in morning meetings, Buenas tardes in afternoon, and bona nit when invited for dinners.

3)    Be informed that Spanish are sociable, joyful, and warm people who love good humor. Therefore, it is important to remain comfortable and not be too stiff to demonstrate the radiant side of your personality.

4)    It is a custom in Spain that oral agreements are first made in corporate meetings that are later put in black and white (even though many consider it an informal approach towards corporate decisions).

Remember to follow the lead of your hosts whenever you have a doubt about behaving in a certain manner in Barcelona. This is recommended to observe the customs/etiquettes so that you do not end up embarrassing yourself in a strange environment.