Spain, a first-rate business destination
You won't be disappointed when you choose Spain as a MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions) destination. The fact that 50 million tourists visit us every year proves that this is an attractive country. If you add the high quality of the conference infrastructures, communications and hotels, and the good weather that enables you to hold events any time of the year, the result is an essential country for business tourism. These are Spain's strong points:
Easy access and transport. There are more than 30 international airports in Spain (which are being extended with new terminals). The capital's airport, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, is a great connection between Europe and Latin America, and is the fourth European airport in terms of number of operations and passengers.
Spain also has a modern road network to travel across the country, and the largest high-speed rail network in Europe, to get to important destinations in no time.
Destinations with something for everyone. When organising meetings, conferences and so on there is a choice of large or medium-size cities with a rich historical and cultural heritage. Madrid and Barcelona, for example, have considerable experience in business tourism. In fact, both cities are among the top five on the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) world ranking. A large number of Spanish cities are equipped with suitable infrastructures to host professional events.
Modern equipment and services. Spain offers more than 50 conference centres (some of them are veritable examples of avant-garde architecture, like the Donostia-San Sebastián Conference Centre, the one in Valencia designed by Norman Foster, the one in A Coruña, and Ciudad de Oviedo by Santiago Calatrava) to hold business meetings, presentations and seminars.
You'll also find auditoriums, special rooms, multipurpose complexes, exhibition centres... and all kinds of versatile facilities with cutting-edge technology and communications. Because Spain is becoming increasingly high-tech - visitors can enjoy, for example, free and efficient internet connection in many venues. And some hotels provide their guests with multimedia services and telecommunications materials.
Spanish companies are used to organising large events efficiently and you'll be able to get in contact with the Convention Bureau professionals in the city you are interested in so they can give you advice.
You'll find professional conference organisers; communications and advanced audiovisual media companies; hostess, translation and interpreting agencies; stands and stage design; transport, and high quality catering...
Wide range of hotels. There are more than 16,000 hotels in Spain, and their quality is internationally renowned. A good option when choosing accommodation is one of the more than 90 Parador hotels all over the country. They are unique hotels (castles, monasteries, palaces, etc.) and many of them are equipped to host professional meetings.
Incentive programmes. If you want to give incentives to your employees or clients, think Spain. You'll find numerous outdoor training proposals and you'll also be able to organise everything to suit your goals. You can combine sports such as golf and outdoor activities such as city tours by bike or visits to well-known football stadiums like Camp Nou and Santiago Bernabeu, with culture (for example, film routes), shopping and gastronomy. Regions such as the Canary Islands, Region of Valencia and Catalonia offer a great number of suggestions for events and team building.
Spain also offers new trends for incentive trips. For example, the chance to attend concerts and musicals, or to organise conferences or incentive programmes on board a cruise ship or smaller vessels such as schooners, VIP yachts or catamarans - perfect for holding product presentations, gala dinners, etc.
Spain is also a country with integrated corporate social responsibility strategies, committed to sustainable and eco-friendly tourism. It is possible to find activities in line with this idea such as a route round National Parks in 4x4 vehicles, being a farmer for a day, or a short bird-watching course. Less polluting materials and renewable raw materials are used, and ecologist conferences can be held.
And for history lovers, there are original options such as "Meeting in Sefarad". It is an association made up of six cities (Ávila, Cáceres, Cordoba, Girona, Segovia and Toledo) inviting you to hold your conference or company event in historical buildings, museums and Conference Centres in these cities, which stand out because of their unique Jewish cultural, monumental and gastronomic heritage.
Original venues. As well as usual venues, in Spain you'll be able to organise your events in cellars (perfect for private meetings in an exclusive environment), historical caves, vineyards, historical buildings, museums (such as Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Picasso Museum in Malaga, Valencia Institute of Modern Art-IVAM in Valencia and Guggenheim Bilbao), theatres, flamenco clubs, football stadiums... The possibilities are endless.
We have to add Spain's extraordinary nature, culture and gastronomy; quality shops; lively nightlife; and well-known hospitality of the people.
Find the proposal that fits in with what you need, and success will be guaranteed.