Last week the Spain Convention Bureau hosted its annual meeting, where it was disclosed that Spain now ranks #4 worldwide in Congress organisation [SP], after the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom. Almost 5,000 conferences took place in Spain in 2017, with an estimated 1.3 million participants. The Conference Centres were the preferred meeting venue, followed closely by hotel meeting and events spaces. Some good figures that were also discussed at the national congress of business travel.
The main professional sectors that chose Spain to celebrate their congresses and conferences were the medical and health sector, followed by banking and sales. With regards to the most demanded dates, the study quotes that the months of May, September, October and November are the most popular ones, extending the business season to seven months throughout the year.
Andalusia has made a dramatic change from being a sun and beach destination to a cultural destination and a congress hub. It is home of 19 state-of-the-art Conference Centres and a modern hotel network with over 550 4* and 5* hotels with a solid event space, should you wish to host your event and have accommodation at the same venue. In 2017, more than 600,000 visitors came to Andalusia to attend a congress or conference, attracted by its leading infrastructure and excellent connexions with Europe, mainly via Malaga and Seville airports.
If you are still deciding where to plan your next event, remember Andalusia has everything you are looking for – golf, gastronomy, culture, the best weather in Europe, open-air activities and many more!
Meridional Events is your DMC. We help you plan your events, starting with the definition of the objectives of the event, and we manage your events independently of the variable or circumstances of the event: multicultural events, sustainable events, corporate social responsibility, delegates with special diets – celiacs, religious diets as halal, kosher, jains, intolerances, etc.).
Do not hesitate to contact Meridional Events, your DMC for all your MICE events in Southern Spain.