SPAIN, A BUSINESS DESTINATION
Choosing Spain as a MICE destination (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions) is a real success. The more than 50 million tourists who visit the country every year are a sign of its attractiveness. If you join the high quality of its congress, communications and hotel infrastructures and a good climate that allows professional meetings at any time of the year, the result is an indispensable country for business tourism. We detail its strengths:
Access and travel facilities. Spain has more than 30 international airports (which are being expanded with new terminals to increase capacity). The airport of the capital, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, is a true bridge between Europe and Latin America and is placed in the fourth place among European airports by number of operations and passengers.
Spain also has an advanced road network to move around the country and Europe’s largest high-speed train network with which it is possible to move between major destinations in a very short time.
Destinations for all tastes. When it comes to congresses, meetings, conventions … it is possible to choose between large metropolis and medium-sized cities that possess a great historical and cultural wealth. Madrid or Barcelona have a great experience in meeting tourism. In fact, the two are in the top 5 in the world ranking of the International Association of Congresses and Conventions (ICCA). In addition, many Spanish cities are equipped with adequate infrastructure to host professional meetings.
Modern equipment and services. Spain offers you more than 50 palaces of congresses (some, authentic examples of avant-garde architecture such as the Congress Palace of Donostia-San Sebastián, the Valencia Palace by Norman Foster, A Coruña or the City of Oviedo, Santiago Calatrava) For corporate meetings, presentations and seminars.
You will also find auditoriums, special rooms, multipurpose complexes, exhibition centers … and all kinds of versatile and versatile installations equipped with the latest technology and communications. And is that Spain is increasingly high-tech as visitors can enjoy, for example, free and efficient Internet connection in multiple spaces. In turn, some hotels offer their guests multimedia services and telecommunications equipment.
Spanish companies are used to organize large events effectively and you can also contact the professionals of the Convention Bureau in the city that interests you to advise you on your idea.
You will find professional conference organizers; Advanced communication and media companies; Host companies, translators and interpreters; Assembly of stands and scenery; Of transport and caterings of high quality…
Wide range of hotels. Spain has over 16,000 hotel establishments with internationally recognized quality. A good option when choosing accommodation is to choose from more than 90 hostels in the country. They are unique accommodations (castles, monasteries, palaces…) and many of them are prepared to host professional meetings.
Incentive programs. If you want to encourage your workers or customers, think about Spain. You will find many outdoor training proposals and you can even organize everything for you. You can combine the practice of sports such as golf and outdoor activities such as city tours by bicycle or visit well-known football stadiums such as the Camp Nou or the Santiago Bernabéu, with culture (for example, cinematographic routes), shopping and the gastronomy. Areas such as the Canary Islands, the Valencian Community or Catalonia offer many suggestions in the field of events and team building.
Spain is also characterized by welcoming the new trends in incentives. For example, it offers the possibility of attending concerts and musicals or organizing conventions or incentive programs on board a cruise or smaller boats such as schooners, VIP yachts or catamarans, perfect for organizing product presentations, gala dinners, etc.
It is also a country integrated in corporate social responsibility strategies, committed to sustainable tourism and respectful of the environment, so it is possible to find activities in line with this idea as a tour of National Parks in 4×4, livestock for a day or a bird-watching course. All this, together with the use of less polluting materials and renewable raw materials and the possibility of holding environmental congresses.
And for lovers of history, there are original possibilities like the one offered by “Meetings in Sefarad”. It is an association composed of six cities (Avila, Caceres, Cordoba, Girona, Segovia and Toledo) that proposes to hold your congress or corporate event in the monuments, museums and Palaces of Congress of these destinations that stand out for having a cultural heritage, Monumental and unique Jewish gastronomy.
Original locations. In addition to the usual venues, in Spain you can organize your events in cellars (perfect for an intimate gathering in a select environment), historical caves, vineyards, historic buildings, museums (such as Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Picasso Malaga Museum, IVAM of Valencia or the Guggenheim Bilbao), theaters, flamenco tablaos, football stadiums … The possibilities are endless.
All of this is combined with the natural, cultural and gastronomic wealth of Spain, with its quality shops, its lively nightlife and the well-known hospitality of its population.