The Spanish capital has two fair enclosures, more than 500 meeting rooms and more than 85 places to celebrate all kinds of fairs, congresses, events and business.
IFEMA, the Fair of Madrid, is the main centre of Tourism and Fairs, and one of the Madrid's economy driving forces. In the Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I it is located the urban complex named Campo de las Naciones.
It has a surface of one million square meters, which accommodates to the specific needs of every activity. More than 30,000 companies participate there every year, having four million visitors, 12 pavilions and 3 convention centres. This makes IFEMA, together with its location and services, a perfect place for business.
Among the most important fairs hosted in IFEMA, FITUR is highlighted. It is one of the most important international fairs in the World. The five continents are taking part here and more than one hundred thousand professional and particular visitors.
Furthermore, in the calendar of Madrid there are many other events of international significance like Arco (International Contemporary Art Fair), of science like SIMO Network, of sports like Madrid Golf, of presents and decoration like Intergift, of jewels like Madridjoya, of antiques like Almoneda, of fashion Madrid Fashion Week or Salón del Vehículo de Ocasión, just to mention some of them.
Learn more: http://www.ifema.es/Institucional_01/ferias/calendario_ferial/siguiente/index.htm
Located five minutes away from the city centre is the Fair Enclosure of Casa de Campo, located in the biggest Urban Park of the city.
It occupies a surface of 67 hectares with 87,000 square meters of surface. It is used for outdoor and indoor exhibitions. It has 4 pavilions, 1 auditorium and the Puerta del Ángel Stage, where the magnificent views of the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral can be enjoyed. Learn more: http://www.madrid-destino.com/es/
The most important fairs that are hosted here are: Classicauto, Outlet Fair, Motomadrid y Expomanga.
It is also where the first Saturday of the month it is hosted the Market Day of Madrid. Moreover, it is the Headquarters of the Chamber of Agriculture, where you can enjoy first quality products, one hundred percent from Madrid. Do not hesitate to give a try. Entry is free. Learn more: www.camaraagraria.org
Municipal Congress Hall: Located close to the Juan Carlos I fair enclosure. It has a futuristic design and a great versatility. Also, it has the technology and necessary services to host all kinds of events, specially congresses, meetings and product presentations. Together with IFEMA, complements the fair activities. Learn more about the events calendar on: http://www.madridec.com/index.php/es/instalaciones/palacio-municipal-congresos
Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions of Madrid: This building characterizes for the Joan Miró mosaic on its façade, and it is almost in from of the "Real Madrid coliseum": the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
It has more than 3,000 m2 for indoor exhibitions and 1,000 m2 in the Joan Miró Square, close to the main entrance of the building. Learn more: http://www.palaciocongresosmadrid.es/
Note: The business activity of the Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions of Madrid is suspended due to the major refurbishment works needed to ensure security and compliance with the regulation.
Barclaycard Center, (Palacio Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid): Located in the very heart of Salamanca neighbourhood, there is an avant-garde building with multipurpose spaces newly constructed. It is also home of the Real Madrid Basket and Tuenti Móvil Estudiantes. Learn more: http://www.barclaycardcenter.es/
Other important installations are: the Conference Centre-Príncipe Felipe Auditorium, located on the ground floor of Hotel Auditorium, close to the airport and to the Juan Carlos I Fair Enclosure. It is 15 minutes away from the city centre and it has more than 15,000 m2 and a capacity for 2,000 people.
The following link will give you information about the different centres dedicated to this activity: http://www.esmadrid.com/mcb/portal.do. These are managed by the public company Madrid Destino S.A, through the Madrid Convention Bourau department. It manages the meetings and congresses sector and it also co-operates organizing events, meetings, and incentive travels.
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