Bilbao mayor wins award for making city international centre for tourism and arts

The mayor of Bilbao, Iñaki Azkuna, has been named World Mayor of the Year 2012, in recognition of the city’s city into a worldwide arts hub.

Elected in 1999, Azkuna is credited with using the iconic Guggenheim Museum to turn declining industrial Bilbao into a cultural centre.

Tamm vom Hove, senior fellow at thinktank and campaigning organisation The City Mayors Foundation (CMF) which awards the prize, said two events had sparked off Bilbao’s transformation: the opening of the Guggenheim Museum in 1997 and the election of Iñaki Azkuna as mayor two years later.

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