[...]As far as I know, the tournament did not ever pay any kind of appearance fee to any player. […]
I neither talked about Arantxa Sánchez Vicario’s possible expenses nor does this say anything about the way the new tournament owner will promote the event.
I don't know if it was the WTA trying to promote the tournament, or it was player's own decision.
WTA‘s obligation is the appearance of either one Top 20 player OR four Top 50 players, but they don’t have to pay any compensation if this obligation is not fulfilled.
And I don't know if new organizers have changed the policy […]
Make up your mind if Barcelona’s new Tournament Ownership run the event the way they do it in Linz & Badgastein for years or they way Arantxa Sánchez Vicario might have done it.
[…]it wouldn't make much sense paying a top player and not promoting the tournament at all.
As tournament ownership switched hands less than two months before the start of the event, is a huge drawback. MatchMakers first priority is to find a title sponsor and they way they do it is to present Top players as participants (Peter Michael Reichel: “Perhaps we are able to present a top-10 player”). As both Peter Michael and her daughter Sandra travel to tournaments in order to talk to players and their agents, decide, if they have something substantial to offer other than a helping how to enter a tournament.
[…] I really hope it is true and they keep and develop this tournament in Barcelona […]. So when foreign investors buy the tournament, it is easy to think that they can move it elsewhere, and of course if they are holding it in Barcelona this year, they are not going to say that they want move the tournament.
I don’t know if you had the time to read the new ownerships intention in my previous post:
”[…] Barcelona has a huge potential as a world capital for a great WTA tournament, "said Sandra Reichel. "Initial discussions with political representatives of the City have confirmed the impression that this important event will stay in Barcelona. The acquisition of the license is an important investment for our company and we are confident that we can develop this event in the near future. Even closer cooperation between Upper Austria, Salzburg and Catalonia will arise in the course of this engagement. This can be both athletic, both in the economic field, "adds Reichel.
I hope, they are successful (in finding a title sponsor), but time will tell.