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19TH Global Conference on Environmental Taxation 2018: Madrid

The 19th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation willtake place in Madrid from 26th to 28th September 2018. This annual conference is internationally renowned as a forum specialised in environmental protection and sustainability. The 19th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation 2018 will be hosted by CEU San Pablo University, Madrid, from the 26th to the 28th September… Read more »

Turn to Facility Management: CIFMers Madrid, September 18

Cifmers Conference 2018 will be held in Madrid under the name of “Scales in Facility Management Models. Buildings, infrastructures and cities”. The event will take place in Casa de América, on September 18. CIFMers Conference brings together experts of Facility Management, with the aim of promoting and maximizing this discipline.  Under the name of “Scales… Read more »

CIFMers CONFERENCE MADRID 2018

Vuelve a Madrid, the best plans

Vuelve a Madrid, the Spanish capital’s loyalty programme, is constantly adding unique experiences at the best establishments for users registered to enjoy when they come back to Madrid.   Since it began, Vuelve a Madrid has been proud to offer exclusive advantages for its users to access the very best shows, including El Guardaespaldas, El… Read more »

Vuelve a Madrid plans

Madrid rewards congress Ambassadors

This tribute rewards the voluntary and altruistic work of professionals from the academic and/or scientific world who promote Madrid as the venue for major congresses. Thanks to the contribution of the  new Ambassadors, 14 important international congresses have chosen Madrid as their venue this year. Since 2008, 198 individuals have received this recognition from the… Read more »

Ambassadors of Madrid 2018 Madrid Convention Bureau

Madrid, Europe’s leading MICE tourism destination

Europe’s gala World Travel Awards: votes cast by the international tourism sector ranked Madrid in the top position; the city beat out destinations like Paris, London and Berlin.  This award will enable Madrid to compete at the global level against the winners of the same category of the World Travel Awards in the regions of… Read more »

Madrid at the World Travel Awards

Madrid embraces you: the city’s new icon

Madrid is a welcoming city, and it wants the welcome it extends to its visitors to be one of its main brand attributes, particularly insofar as tourism is concerned. The primary element of this new design for Madrid’s icon is the quintessential symbol of hospitality and welcome: an embrace. This summer’s major cultural and leisure… Read more »

Madrid's new tourism icon: warm embrace and welcome

ESMO Congress chooses Madrid for its 2020 edition

The European ESMO congress will take place from 18 to 22 September 2020 in IFEMA, Feria de Madrid.   ESMO event will have an economic impact on the capital of 65 million euros in direct spending and more than 200,000 overnight stays, not to mention the income from the organisation of parallel meetings.   The… Read more »

ESMO congress Madrid, edition 2017

Madrid will host the World Transplant Congress

The city of Madrid will host the world’s most important congress in the field of organ donation and transplants.   From 30 June to 5 July the capital will host the 27th edition of The Transplantation Society’s (TTS) congress, which will be attended by over 3,000 professionals who specialise in this field of medicine.  … Read more »

TTS Congress 2018 presentation

Madrid to host the ESSR 2018 Congress

From 30 May to 2 June, Madrid will host the 53rd Congress of the European Society for Surgical Research (ESSR) 2018.   The ESSR event will take place in the Facultad de Medicina, in the Complutense University of Madrid   The 53rd Congress of the European Society for Surgical Research will take place in Madrid from 30th May to… Read more »

Logo ESSR Madrid 2018

Madrid shows itself off to Southeast Asia

As one of the markets with the greatest potential for Madrid, Southeast Asia is one of the focuses of Madrid Convention Bureau’s calendar of promotional activities.  In collaboration with Turkish Airlines, the organisation hosted a fam trip for professionals from Southeast Asia.    As part of its promotional strategy in Southeast Asia, from 10 to… Read more »

Fam trip MCB for Southeast Asia

Madrid demonstrates its MICE tourism leadership in Germany

The city of Madrid has been in Germany for a few days, presenting the attributes that make it a leading MICE tourism destination. Madrid City Council’s Tourism Department, via Madrid Convention Bureau (MCB), took part in a new edition of IMEX Frankfurt, a major annual international forum for the MICE sector (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and… Read more »

Madrid Convention Bureau at IMEX Frankfurt 2018

Presentation of ExpoTurismo de Negocios in Madrid

Ifema will host Expo Turismo de Negocios on 21 and 22 May, coinciding with the 10th National Business Travel Congress.   The event’s organisers expect it to be attended by roughly 5,000 professionals.   The fair was created with the support of the sector’s leading professional associations and Madrid Convention Bureau.   Last week the… Read more »

ExpoTurismo de Negocios

The new, refurbished Meliá Madrid Serrano has reopened its doors in a prime central location in Madrid, with excellent transport links to anywhere in the city, and just a few minutes from the main museums, Santiago Bernabeu stadium and the conference centre. Meliá Madrid Serrano reopens its doors focusing on the MICE client.  Meliá Madrid… Read more »

Meliá Madrid Serrano reopening

Madrid, World Travel Awards nominations

Madrid has reason to celebrate! We are delighted to announce that we are nominated in two categories at the prestigious World Travel Awards: Europe’s Leading City Tourist Board 2018 and Europe’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination 2018. If you think we deserve to win as Europe’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination 2018 at the World Travel… Read more »

World Travel Awards nominations. Madrid

Vuelve a Madrid users, more than 150 things to do

Vuelve a Madrid, the loyalty programme run by the Madrid’s Tourist Office, offers visitors over 150 outings to enjoy.   Tourists can choose in the website www.vuelveamadrid.com from the best flamenco shows, musicals and tours in the city in the Leisure and Entertainment category. The most select restaurants in Gastronomy. The most exclusive shops in… Read more »

Vuelve a Madrid loyalty program

BestCities: 12 Voices Share One Important Message

BestCities Alliance’s new communications campaign set to showcase the Power of People. BestCities adds a unique value to its member cities. This ‘Alliance thinking’ not only brings a level of creative client solutions no individual partner city could deliver on their own, but in turn helps BestCities’ members achieve their own objectives, better than they… Read more »

BestCities Global Alliance new communication campaign

MCB: newly associated companies 2018

Madrid Convention Bureau has started 2018 with twelve new members: Hotel Santo Domingo 4*: great deal of experience in professional events such as conventions, congresses, conferences, meetings, business presentations, etc, it offers different multipurposes rooms, perfectly equipped for the organization of MICE-style events. With a magnificent location, in the very heart of Madrid, the hotel… Read more »

Vuelve a Madrid: more offers and establishments in 2018

Vuelve a Madrid is a loyalty programme run by Madrid Destino, the tourism board of the City, which sets out to encourage to repeat visits to the capital, focusing primarily on frequent travellers to the city for professional reasons. Users who are in the Vuelve a Madrid scheme can benefit from a wide range of… Read more »

BestCities: building global connections across cultures

Delegates and organisers of the BestCities Global Forum were united in their praise for the four-day conference, which took place in Tokyo in December. The city of MAdrid, as member of this global alliance, was there.

Best Cities Global Forum 2017

Vuelve a Madrid: more than 1,000 users

The loyalty programme of Madrid, Vuelve a Madrid, that has recently boasts more than 1,000 users, offers new plans and activities in Christmas.   More than 1,000 members of the Vuelve a Madrid loyalty programme benefit from the most privileged plans, savouring the city’s cuisine, visiting the best exhibitions and taking in the most chic… Read more »

International Cruise Summit 2017, 29 to 30 November

The worldwide cruise industry will meet again in Madrid on November 29 and 30 to discuss the future of the sector at the International Cruise Summit 2017 Leading executives from cruise companies will attend the event, organized by Cruises News Media Group, which in its seventh edition is already an international reference   The International… Read more »

Madrid, a MICE destination in the United States

With the aim  to promote Madrid as a venue for congresses and meetings in the US market, Madrid Convention Bureau has successfully made a roadshow in Washigton DC and New York.   The City Council is stepping up its efforts to promote the destination of Madrid as venue for professional meetings at the international level…. Read more »

Madrid in Taberna del Alabardero, Washington DC

Have you heard about Vuelve a Madrid?

The new loyalty programme Vuelve a Madrid offers exclusive deals and advantages to all professionals who would like to visit the city of Madrid.

Game ON, 1st International Tabletop Games Convention in Spain

GAME ON Madrid, the first international tabletop games convention in Spain, will take place in La Nave Boetticher Madrid, 1 to 3 December. GAME ON is the most awaited event both nationally and internationally, with an expected assistance of 10.000 attendees and 5.500m2 of exhibition area. Under the concept of “table top games” Game On will bring together various… Read more »

Game ON Madrid 2017

II International Congress on Transparency, 27 September

From 27th to 29th September 2017, a new edition of the International Congress on Transparency (congresotransparencia.com) will take place in the Faculty of Media and Communication Science of the Complutense University (Madrid, Spain). This international Congress (connected to the Master Degree in Transparency organized by the UCM) is possible thanks to the support of various… Read more »

Newly associated members

After the last Madrid Convention Bureau Board Meeting held in May, eight companies have been incorporated into this public-private organisation as full members: A Punto: created with the desire to be a benchmark in Madrid’s gastronomy, this cooking school offers classes, showrooms and a specialist cookery and wine library, as well as an advisory service… Read more »

Visit the towns of Madrid: eleven historical settings

The Region of Madrid has extended to 11 the number of interesting towns covered in its programme“Villas de Madrid” (Towns of Madrid), aimed at promoting the resources of towns with less than 20,000 inhabitants, that are not so well-known but that offer sufficient heritage and tourist sites to captivate their visitors. The new towns added… Read more »

Madrid Hotel Week, first edition in November

For ten days during November, the spotlight will be on Madrid’s hotels with an endless array of cultural and leisure activities for all audiences and sector professionals during the 1st Madrid Hotel Week, an initiative that intends to break away from the sector’s traditional image. The event’s organisers, the Asociación Empresarial Hotelera de Madrid (AEHM… Read more »

Madrid, an Autumn of major events

Following the trend of professional meetings that have been taking place throughout 2017, Madrid is to welcome the last of the events planned and managed by Madrid Convention Bureau during the last quarter of the year, starting with the ESMO 2017 Congress at the beginning of September, with the 2017 EMEA Herbalife Extravanganza commencing during… Read more »

Where to find us

10 to 12 October, Imex America (Las Vegas) 30 October to 4 November, M&I Forums Europe Autumn (Dubai) 28 to 30 November, IBTM World (Barcelona)

Madrid Convention Bureau supports summer events

The Madrid Convention Bureau has collaborated with more than a dozen congresses that have taken place in Madrid during this past July and August, in the form of institutional, logistical and media support. Worthy of mention are the CERN School, the 10th International Symposium on Immunonutrition, the EUROGEN Conference, the European Social Innovation Competition Academy… Read more »

Special venues in Madrid: small museums with history

With this article we want to share with organisers worldwide some unique venues in the city of Madrid, perhaps not so well known by non-resident professional visitors, but that offer very special locations for corporate events. Museum of Romanticism: a late 18th century palace that houses the replica of a 19th century bourgeois house, with… Read more »

Vuelve a Madrid Programme

Madrid wants to reward all the business visitors who visit Madrid in a professional capacity by encouraging them to return to the Spanish capital on holiday.  For this purpose a loyalty programme has been introduced called Vuelve a Madrid, a programme designed to reward visitors with a range of benefits and exclusive offers on different… Read more »

Madrid city of fashion

September in Madrid spells “fashion”, as it has done for several years; all types of events and activities take place throughout the month revolving around Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid (15 to 19 September). MBFWM, the prestigious fashion showcase that happens twice a year will be holding its 66th edition. In September, designers will be showing… Read more »

C!Print Madrid 2017: meet with Customisation and Inspiration

Brands are increasingly aware of the fact that customisation plays an essential role in the relationship with clients. It allows you to contextualize the message, gain customer loyalty, carry out world-wide event planning campaigns, turn products into collectible items, maintain regular contact with clients, develop competitions, tutorials… Thanks to customising campaigns through digital printing, brands… Read more »

New Video Congress, 2nd edition in Madrid next 28th September

New Video Congress, the main forum on video marketing and video influencers, will be held on September 28th at the Palacio de la Prensa in Madrid. The event, hosting the main agents of the sector among content creators, media, brands and communication agencies, marks this year its second edition. Program In the morning, a series… Read more »

Where to find us

9-13 July – M&I Forums Emerging Markets (Helsinki) 2-4 August – C&IT Agency Forum (London) 10-12 October – Imex América (Las Vegas)

Madrid: new tools for the tourist industry

Madrid Destino, the municipal company tasked with promoting Madrid as a tourist destination by Madrid Council, has launched a new website for the tourist industry to complement the official tourist site www.esmadrid.com. https://www.madridturismosector.es/ has been designed for professional users and focuses on a more practical use. The site, created in Spanish and English, provides a… Read more »

Madrid: more than 4,000 new rooms in luxury hotels

Madrid’s hotel industry is booming, with new openings, international investors who have their eyes on Madrid, and a number of annual visitors that is steadily on the rise. Given those circumstances, Spanish financial newspaper Expansión recently undertook an in-depth analysis of the luxury hotels that have opened or will be opening in Madrid. Here’s a… Read more »

Veranos de la Villa turns Madrid into a huge festival

Over the course of the summer, long-standing Madrid festival Veranos de la Villa turns the Spanish capital into the ideal setting for concerts, theatre plays, circus events, magic shows and film nights. The programme, presented in mid-June by Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena, has a strong inclusive nature and, therefore, more than 80% of the activities… Read more »

Madrid’s business tourism sets its sights on China

In view of the need to increase the effectiveness of Madrid’s informational and promotional presence in China, Madrid Convention Bureau has spent the last few months adapting contents for this market. China has become a key stakeholder in this field, with a great deal of potential in terms of business and incentive tourism. The adaptation… Read more »

Madrid: main events of June

Last month of June, Madrid Convention Bureau provided logistical, media and institutional support to more than twenty congresses, conferences and meetings associated with various fields and subjects, both national and international, that took place in Madrid. Most notably, the ICPIC Conference, the IV International Congress on Military History, the 2017 of the Hemipteran-Plant Interactions Symposium,… Read more »

Hotel NH Collection Eurobuilding, sustainable

The Council, through the Madrid Destino Tourism Department, has sponsored the collaboration between the NH Group and NGO Equoevento to donate safe surplus food from events organised at the Hotel NH Collection Eurobuilding to food kitchens. Implementing a meticulous system to collect, preserve and transport food will guarantee that surplus is donated appropriately. This initiative… Read more »

New award for Madrid-Barajas Airport

After being recognised as the best airport in Southern Europe at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2017 in March, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas was named the best airport in Europe in several of the categories analysed at the thirteenth edition of the ACI Europe 2017, hosted last June 13th in the framework of the Annual Meeting… Read more »

Ifema Feria de Madrid gets its own metro station

As of June 26, the metro station formerly known as Campo de las Naciones, on Line 8 that joins the city centre with the airport, will take the name “Feria de Madrid,” as it is located by one of the accesses to the trade fair venue. With this initiative, announced in the framework of Global… Read more »

Where to Find Us

27 June- 1 July. M&I Forums Europe Summer (Seville) 9-13 July. M&I Forums Eastern Europe (Helsinki) 2- 4 August. C&IT Agency Forum (London)

Callao City Lights venue, the first permanent Augmented Reality platform in Spain

The first permanent Augmented Reality platform launched in Spain was presented last April in Madrid by Callao City Lights, in collaboration with Wildbytes. This tool will enable brands to incorporate the latest advances in AR technology in their advertising campaigns on the outdoor screens at Cines Callao. In addition, as the platform is permanent advertisers… Read more »

The new Thyssen-Bornemisza websites: designed with you in mind

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum’s websites have changed; they’ve improved, they’ve been updated, new functions and content have been added and, most importantly, all of this has been done with the user in mind, that is, the regular visitor, the occasional tourist, the art lover, teachers, customers of the museum’s shop, members of the Friends of the… Read more »

The Adolfo SuárezMadrid-Barajas Airport, Skytrax 2017 Award

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport was chosen by users as the Best Airport in Southern Europe at the World Airport Awards 2017 organized by Skytrax, an airport research and study consultancy firm. Barcelona-El Prat Airport took second place in the overall rankings, which means that users have ranked the two main airports in the Aena network… Read more »

Madrid accepted as the next official member of BestCities

Madrid Convention Bureau (MCB) was officially confirmed last 16th May as the twelfth partner of BestCities Global Alliance. The new signing will bring a truly dynamic international congress city and convention bureau to the alliance that now holds 12 members. With more than 3 decades of experience, Madrid has played host in the last years… Read more »

Madrid Convention Bureau: recent activities

In the months of March and April MCB provided logistical, media and institutional support to congresses, conferences and meetings associated with various fields and subjects, both national and international, most notably the 8th International Congress of the Iberian Association of Translation and Interpreting Studies (AIETI8), the Plant Autophagy Congress, the Joint Meeting of the Spanish… Read more »

Madrid Violet flies the European skies

The Madrid City Council and Iberia Express have joined forces once again to promote the capital’s main tourist attractions on an international level. In this new initiative, Madrid Destino is sponsoring a promotional campaign developed by the airline in regard to shopping in Madrid and “Made in Madrid” items, the most prominent of which is… Read more »

Madrid leads March rankings for foreign tourists arriving in Spain

In the month of March the Community of Madrid led the rankings of all of Spain’s autonomous communities for the number of foreign tourists arriving in Spain, with a total of 478,106 people visiting our region, up 26% from the same month in the previous year. The United States was the market that sent us… Read more »

Rainbow flag at the Cibeles Palace to celebrate WorldPride

Citizen participation will be the key to the success of the WorldPride Madrid 2017 (WPM) celebrations that the capital is set to host from 23 June to 2 July. The mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena, affirmed this during the function that took place on 4 May at CentroCentro, when the rainbow flag, created with the… Read more »

The 4th Annual World Mediation Summit-Madrid 2017, 13 to 16 June

For the 4th year in a row on June 13-16, 2017, Mediation International in conjunction with the city of Madrid is bringing together some of the greatest visionaries and forward thinking mediation experts from across the globe: including International  Ambassadors and diplomats, mediators and lawyers, as well as local experts and international mediation related organizations to provide presentations, networking and… Read more »

World Football Summit´s second edition starts rolling

WFS has the support of LaLiga, which will help strengthen the image and development of the Spanish football industry abroad.  World Football Summit is Spain’s leading international event for the Football Industry. WFS second edition will take place on October 16th and 17th, 2017 at Teatro Goya – Madrid, Spain. During 2 days, Madrid becomes… Read more »

15,000 rheumatology experts are to meet in Madrid this June

The city of Madrid is once again the destination of choice for European rheumatology specialists. The capital will be hosting EULAR 2017, the European Congress of Rheumatology, from 14 to 17 June this year. The event, organised by the European League Against Rheumatism, will gather close to 15,000 delegates in Madrid, generating some 110,700 overnight… Read more »

InterContinental Madrid receives the Welcome Chinese Certification

InterContinental Madrid is a trailblazer, having received the Welcome Chinese Certification, and its entire team is devoted, even down to the smallest detail, to ensuring that Chinese customers have the most enjoyable stays. Few five-star hotels in Madrid boast this certification. All of the hotel’s employees have been trained on oriental culture, customs and niceties… Read more »

Activities of Madrid Convention Bureau in February

In February, Madrid hosted various national and international congresses, conferences and meetings associated with different fields and topics, including the 5th International Congress on Sport, Doping and Society; the Congress of the Spanish Society for Wounds (SEHER); the SAE International Teaching Open Day; the Mechanical Parts Roadshow organised by the BCN agency; and the Oxford… Read more »

Madrid Convention Bureau: where to find us

Meeting & Incentive Summit (Madrid), 28/03 M&I Forum Europe Spring (Paris), 28/03-01/04 Associations World Congress (Vienna), 02-04/05 M&I Forum Americas (Cancun), 07-10/05 Imex (Frankfurt), 16-18/05

Madrid’s Plaza Mayor blows out its 400 candles

This year Madrid will commemorate the 400 years of existence of one of its most important sites: Plaza Mayor. Showcasing the square and restoring its central role in city life is the underlying aim of the celebrations surrounding its 400th anniversary. The associated programme of activities was presented in February by the Mayor of Madrid, Manuela… Read more »

Five Madrid hotels take home an ‘Oscar’ for the excellence and quality of their services

Five hotels from the Hotel Business Association of Madrid (AEHM) received the hotel industry’s  ‘Oscar’ for the excellence and quality of their services at the 15th edition of TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards in 2017. Representatives from Hotel Orfila, Barceló Emperatriz, Artiem Madrid, Artistic B&B and Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid collected the awards in a… Read more »

Madrid will be hosting seven major international congresses in 2017

Madrid cements its reputation as a world famous destination for meetings tourism. In 2017, seven large-scale international congresses are already confirmed as taking place in the capital, expecting to generate more than 700,000 overnight stays in the city and a direct expenditure of 180 million euros. The city of Madrid continues to consolidate its position… Read more »

Some 1,065,000 people visited the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in 2016

More than a million people, 1,064,835 to be exact, visited the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum over the course of 2016, amounting to a 10% increase compared to 967,908 visitors in 2015. This is the third record-breaking year for visitor numbers in the museum’s history and the fourth year that numbers… Read more »

Hilton Madrid Airport hosts the HelmsBriscoe European Regional Meeting

From 15 to 17 January, Hilton Madrid Airport hosted the Regional Meeting held by HelmsBriscoe Europe, the biggest purchaser in terms of volume in the Meetings and Events Industry. More than 200 Meetings Tourism professionals met at this hotel to examine future sector trends. HelmsBriscoe picked Madrid as host city for this event, specifically the… Read more »

The Hotel Meliá Galgos introduces the new and exclusive service THE LEVEL

The Meliá Galgos presents THE LEVEL, an exclusive service with 75 spacious and elegant rooms and a 500sqm lounge area where design and customer service come together, turning this space into a unique location, offering five-star service right in the heart of the Salamanca Neighbourhood. In the new THE LEVEL Meliá Galgos, located on our… Read more »

MCB welcomes 11 new members

As of January this year, Madrid Convention Bureau has eleven new member companies: The hotels H10 Tribeca 4*(www.h10hotels.com/es/hoteles-madrid/h10-tribeca), H10 Puerta de Alcalá 4* (https://www.h10hotels.com/es/hoteles-madrid/h10-puerta-de-alcala) and the NH Collection Madrid Suecia 5* (www.nh-hoteles.es/hotel/nh-collection-madrid-suecia). The COEM exhibition and meeting centre (Madrid Association of Dental Surgeons and Stomatologists, www.coem.org.es) MPA 361º travel agency (www.mpa361.com) Special venue Faunia (www.faunia.es)… Read more »

Where to find us

The Meeting Space Spring (Conpenhaguen. 23 to 25 February) SMU (New York. 10 to 12 March) M&I Forum Europe Spring (Paris. 28 March to 1 April)

Activity in January

During this past month, the Madrid Destino Tourism Department, through MCB, provided logistical, media and institutional support for congresses, conferences and meetings on different topics in a range of fields both at home and abroad, including the International Marketing Trends Conference and Inner Peace Day. In advance of the FDI World Congress in Madrid in… Read more »

Madrid: new airlines routes

On 18 January, at the Globalia stand at FITUR, the Vice President of Honduras, Ricardo Álvarez; Air Europa Chairman Juan José Hidalgo; and the Minister of Tourism for Honduras, Emilio Silvestri, presented the year’s first tourism milestone, namely the new route to San Pedro Sula due to be operated by the airline once a week… Read more »

Barceló Torre de Madrid: the most unconventional hotel opens its doors

Barceló Hotel Group has recently opened Barceló Torre de Madrid 5*. One of the city’s most iconic buildings has been converted into an avant-garde luxury hotel with a mission: to connect with Madrid both differently and unconventionally. Madrid is a city that knows how to live, which is why its visitors should be able to… Read more »

Madrid is art: ARCO MADRID

From 22 to 26 February, Madrid turns into the global capital of contemporary art as it hosts its annual fair, now in its 36th edition. The International Contemporary Art Fair of Madrid kicks off a new edition with a clear aim: to establish itself as a fair where collectors and industry professionals can discover new… Read more »

Madrid international airport’s 2016 Awards

In June 2016, Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport won the “highly commended airport in the ‘over 25 million passenger’ category” award for its A-CDM implementation and network strategy in particular, at the 12th Annual ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards of the 26th ACI EUROPE General Assembly, Congress & Exhibition, hosted by Athens International Airport. Additionally, AS… Read more »

Cine Callao pays homage to the world of cinema on its 90th anniversary

In December, Cine Callao, one of Madrid’s most emblematic cinemas and venue for events, celebrated its 90th anniversary with a large party where it paid homage to the world of film. Well-known figures from the film and performing arts industry attended the event, which featured no shortage of nods to the cinema world, while screens… Read more »

Official opening of the Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques hotel

In December Madrid officially welcomed a new luxury establishment into its fold: the Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques. The hotel is located in the building which, in the 1990s, housed the Ambassador Hotel. The Mallorcan chain gave it a complete overhaul, salvaging to the greatest extent possible the architectural features of the former Neo-Renaissance… Read more »

FITUR: Global tourism fair in Madrid

From 18 to 22 January, FITUR, the International Tourism Fair, will be held in Madrid. This year’s guest country is Argentina. The fair, held at IFEMA Feria de Madrid, is a meeting place for tourism sector professionals from all over the world and a venue where the first meetings of the year can be held…. Read more »

Where to find us

  CONFEC Red (Venice. 2 to 5/02/2017) The Meeting Space Spring (Copenhagen. 23 to 25/02/2017) SMU (New York. 10 to 12/03/2017) M&I Forum Europe Spring (Paris. 28/03 to 01/04/2017

Activity in Madrid in December

In the month of December, Madrid hosted some twenty congresses for which the Madrid Destino Tourism Department, through Madrid Convention Bureau, provided logistical, media and institutional support. Of particular note were the international POnTE Project Annual Meeting and the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Congress. Regarding the promotional activity of the CB, the City of Madrid… Read more »

Madrid-New Delhi: the distance gets smaller

1 December saw the launch of the Madrid-Delhi route, a direct connection that ‘shortens’ the distance between two cities and two countries. Air India launched the new route, which will initially include three flights per week, as part of a strategy of cooperation and fellowship in which Madrid City Council has played a prominent role…. Read more »

Foreign investment in Madrid grows almost 60% in the third quarter

In the third quarter Madrid received a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflow of 2,615 billion euros, up 59.6% from the previous quarter and 12% more than the same quarter the previous year. The data, published in the Ministry of Economy’s Register of Foreign Investment, reveal that the level of investment in the third quarter was… Read more »

Madrid, global capital of gastronomy in January

The eighth edition of the capital’s most eagerly-awaited gastronomic event, Gastrofestival Madrid 2017, will be held from 21 January to 5 February. Once again it will fill the city of Madrid with all sorts of culinary creations, showcasing the quality and variety of its gastronomy, which is one of its main tourist attractions. Two days… Read more »

New Atlético de Madrid Wanda Metropolitano stadium

  The Madrilenian football club Atlético de Madrid has announced the opening of a spectacular venue for events in its new stadium Wanda Metropolitano, scheduled for September 2017. The space has more than 11,000 m2 of VIP areas and it has been designed to be the most modern convention centre in the city. Located in the… Read more »

Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel launches the Red Coat Direct App

With the aim of meeting the needs of business clients and responding in real time to their demands, Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center has launched “Red Coat Direct” onto the market, an application wholly designed and intended for organisers of events held in four-star hotel establishments. With this tool, clients are always just… Read more »

Madrid International Airport: new connections with South-East Asia

Aware of the importance of South-East Asia for the tourism market, in 2016 Madrid authorities achieved a major boost for Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas International Airport in terms of air traffic connectivity with this geographical area by opening up new direct flights to a range of leading destinations. The two existing connections with Seoul and Beijing… Read more »

Madrid Convention Bureau renews the “Q” Quality mark

Madrid Convention Bureau has just renewed the mark “Q of Quality in Tourism”, issued by the ICTE (Institute for Quality in Spanish Tourism), with a grade of 902.49 points out of 1,000. The quality standard of reference, UNE 187005: 2009 convention bureaux, which evaluates the working procedures in different areas of convention bureaux daily operations,… Read more »

Activity in Madrid in November

In November, the Madrid Convention Bureau, on behalf of the Madrid City Council’s Tourism Department, provided logistical, media and institutional support to more than 20 congresses, conferences and meetings from different fields and sectors, both national and international; among them were the 2016 Rotary Institute, the Youth Scientific Congress, the 2016 Cruise Summit, the Mediterranean… Read more »

Madrid awarded as Best MICE destination 2016

The Iberian Association of Business Travel Managers (IBTA) chose Madrid as “2016 Best MICE destination” at the 2016 IBTA Business Travel awards. In addition, the Madrid Convention Bureau (MCB), part of the Madrid City Council, has been recognized by the Association of PCO’s of Madrid (OPC MADRID) with the prize for “Professionalism 2016”. Both awards… Read more »

Only You Hotel Atocha ready to make its debut

Only YOU Hotel Atocha, the second hotel in the Only YOU Hotels chain and owned by Palladium Hotel Group, opened its doors in November. The perfect combination – Madrid and a brand new hotel with new spaces to suit everyone. With its downtown location in a 19th-century building opposite Atocha railway station, Only YOU Hotel… Read more »

Dani García Events. No limits, no distances

With the opening of BiBo Madrid, the catering service provided by the Dani García Group strengthens its infrastructure to transfer its luxury service and the best gastronomy to events in Madrid and anywhere in the country, on any of the 365 days of the year. With two Michelin stars to his name and the Bib… Read more »

InterContinental Madrid: “Best Spanish MICE Hotel”

The InterContinental Madrid has been chosen as “Best Spanish MICE Hotel” at the World Travel Awards. For third consecutive year, the tourism industry awarded this landmark property, becoming this year the most important MICE organizer in Spain. Creativity, versatility and premium guest service, are some of the key attributes that help us become “Best Spanish… Read more »

Opening of the hotel NH Collection Suecia

Last 15th of September a new 5* opened its doors downtown Madrid: NH Collection Suecia,  located by the historic Círculo de Bellas Artes and Gran Vía, in the city’s most vibrant district, bustling with entertainment and leisure options. Known for being the home of Ernest Hemingway during his stays in the capital, the hotel  is… Read more »

Where to find us

Discover us at any of the trade fairs we will be attending soon: -Imex America (Las Vegas): 18 to 20 October 2016. Stand 3000 -IBTM World (Barcelona): 29 November to 1 December 2016.Stand C20

Record number of visitors came to the city of Madrid this summer

This summer, the city of Madrid was one of the most in-demand tourist destinations. According to the Hotel Occupancy Survey carried out by the National Statistics Institute (INE), the capital received 2,264,687 visitors in June, July and August. This represents the most tourists ever recorded in Madrid during the summer and a figure that definitively… Read more »

Airlines: new connections

In preparation for the incorporation of Iberia into the Joint Business Agreement between Europe and Japan, last September the Spanish airline company and Japan Airlines announced they had entered into a code-sharing deal on the route between Madrid and Tokyo Narita, which Iberia will begin to operate on 18 October. With three flights per week… Read more »

Florida Retiro opens its doors

Shows and gastronomy now converge at Florida Retiro, one of the city’s most emblematic venues in a privileged location right in the green heart of Madrid, El Retiro Park. Bringing a period of inactivity to an end, on 1 October it reopened its doors after undergoing a complete transformation. With its iconic dome as its… Read more »

MCB, well received in the LATAM presentations

On 27 and 29 September, Madrid Convention Bureau gave a destination presentation in the cities of Bogotá (Colombia) and Mexico City (Mexico). The events gathered a total of 80 agencies from both markets that, together with 12 Madrid-based companies and MCB, had the chance to find out more about the benefits of Madrid as a… Read more »

Activities in Madrid in September

In September Madrid Convention Bureau presented six bids to host international congresses across different sectors, and a further six congresses have already been confirmed for the city of Madrid, scheduled for between now and 2022. As part of the work associated with presenting candidatures to host new congresses, MCB coordinated the inspection visits made by… Read more »

New events venue in Madrid: Sky Center

Sky Center is a new and avant-garde ephemeral venue specially designed for holding large events. Its spectacular and attractive diaphanous structure, with a total floor area of 800m2 and capacity for 1000 people, counts with a stage and an outsize LED screen inside for meetings, conventions and special events. Initially the Sky Center was designed… Read more »

New events venue in Madrid: Espacio Commodore

The iconic Mayte Commodore, located in El Viso, reopens its doors following extensive refurbishment. Espacio Commodore, a venue in Plaza de la República Argentina, is opening under the management of catering company La Cococha and offers 1,500m2 for company events, parties and the like. The space is split across two floors, with a total capacity… Read more »

The Museum Thyssen launches its new Chinese website

The Museo Thyssen has launched its digital presence in China with a website adapted to the preferences of Chinese users and an official profile on WeChat. Following two years of preparatory focus on this market, which is the one with the most growth potential within the outbound tourist sector, and an initial analogue response, including… Read more »

MCB activity in July and August

Over the course of the summer months, Madrid Convention Bureau has provided a range of support services for a familiarisation trip promoted by Iberia for ten specialist travel agencies from Brazil, in addition to around ten national and international congresses, conferences and meetings held during July and August. In terms of organising and attracting future… Read more »

Good business results for the meetings tourism market in Madrid

The figures being released over the last few months on the influx of tourists into the Spanish capital not only show the excellent state of health of tourism in Madrid, but also the success of the congress, convention, incentives and events sector. The rising trend in the number of meetings held in the city is… Read more »

Madrid picks up the baton for WorldPride 2017

As part of events for Gay Pride 2016, the Mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena, met with a delegation from the WorldPride Madrid 2017 organising committee. The delegation comprised Brett Hayhoe and Sue Doster, joint presidents of InterPride, the worldwide LGBTI Pride events organisers’ association; WorldPride 2017 general coordinator Juan Carlos Alonso “Chair”; and director general… Read more »

Video innovation arrives to Madrid

The arrival of Internet and the new technologies have changed the way we consume audiovisual content. In this revolution, millennials have a lot to say. They have replaced the traditional television consumption by an online and on demand content. They decide what they want to watch, when, how and where. The video has become a… Read more »

Corral de la Morería hires David García to head its kitchen

David García has joined Corral de la Morería as Head Chef. After training in Martín Berasategui’s prestigious kitchen, in 2014 he earned a Michelin star as Head Chef at the Álbora restaurant in Madrid, after just two years with the establishment. Corral de la Morería will have two gastronomic spaces where García’s new creations will… Read more »

The Eurostars Suites Mirasierra Hotel holds a grand re-opening event

Last June the Eurostars Suites Mirasierra Hotel held a re-opening celebration; the hotel recently became part of the Eurostars Hotels portfolio. The event, presided over by Infrastructure Minister Ana Pastor, drew nearly 800 people from the political, economic and business arenas, in addition to a large number of representatives from the tourism sector. A jazz… Read more »

A new icon in the heart of Madrid: hotel Tótem

A new icon in the heart of Madrid: TŌTEM has opened its doors in June 2016. TŌTEM will become a focal point for the Barrio de Salamanca – home to Madrid’s best boutiques, trendiest restaurants and most buzzing bars. TŌTEM’s restaurant will be the place to eat, the bar a destination in itself, the 64… Read more »

Madrid hosts M&I Forum Europe Summer 2016

Following the bid presented by Madrid Convention Bureau, attached to Madrid Destino’s Tourism Department (Madrid City Council), the Spanish capital has been chosen to host M&I Forum Europe Summer 2016, the leading forum of the MICE tourism destination sector organised by the British-based company Worldwide Events. As from 28 June until 2 July, this event… Read more »

Events in June

Among the nearly forty events for which MCB provided some sort of logistical or media support in the past two months, of particular note was the welcome reception held for the 25th National Law and Health Congress on 8 June in the Royal Hall at Casa de la Panadería, as well as MCB’s collaboration in… Read more »

Madrid’s flight connections

Cathay Pacific Airways launched a new direct route between Madrid and Hong Kong on 2 June, offering four flights a week. A Boeing B777-300ER is used for the flight, which operates out of the Spanish capital on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. “One of our objectives is to turn this airport into a very efficient… Read more »

Madrid is Bollywood, from 23 to 26 June

From 23 to 26 June, Madrid hosted the annual International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards ceremony, celebrating the event alongside the entire Bollywood film industry. The city played a role in an international show that went beyond handing out film awards, encompassing the world of music, fashion and culture and helping to strengthen the ties… Read more »

C!Print Madrid 2016: bringing the community together, opening up to markets

C!Print Madrid, the pre-eminent event in the sector of digital printing, customisation and the creative industries, reveals the date for its third edition, on 4-6 October in the Pabellón de Cristal of Casa de Campo, and announces important news for the event, such as the opening of The Platform. The technological trade show that unites… Read more »

Madrid hosts M&I Forum Europe Summer 2016

Following the bid presented by Madrid Convention Bureau, attached to Madrid Destino’s Tourism Department (Madrid City Council), the Spanish capital was chosen to host M&I Forum Europe Summer 2016, the leading forum of the MICE tourism destination sector organised by the British-based company Worldwide Events. As from today 28 June until 2 July, this event gather over… Read more »

MCB gathers its partner companies in the 9th edition of the Networking Event

Madrid Convention Bureau, within the Madrid Destino Tourist Division (Madrid City Council), organised last 14th June a meeting with its partner companies. A total of 200 people attended this networking meeting in the TeatroGoya Multiespacio, one of the special venues associated with MCB. This event, whose first edition was in 2009, has become a meeting… Read more »

Madrid targets the German market to encourage MICE tourism

This week Madrid Convention Bureau (MCB), which is attached to the Madrid Destino Tourism Department (Madrid City Council), held two sessions in Hamburg and Munich to present Madrid as a MICE tourism destination. These took place on 10 and 12 May, respectively. Large company event managers and agencies specialising in the MICE segment (Meetings, Incentives,… Read more »

World Mediation Summit 2016, Madrid 7th to 10th June

Winner of the coveted 2015 AMMI National Mediation Award, the Summit is an initiative which gathers mediation professionals from across the globe. From sports mediation to commercial and political mediation, Madrid will, for its 3rd year in a row, be the place to rendez-vous for experts eager to see mediation develop. Join them, at the Universidad Complutense – Faculty of… Read more »

Where to find us

Where we will be: –            M&I Forum Americas (22-26 May), Scottsdale, AZ, USA –             Connection Meetings Europe (29-31 May ), Málaga, Spain –            M&I Forum Europe Summer (28 June – 02 July), Madrid, Spain Let´s Meet! Where we have been: –             German Road Show (10-12 May), Hamburg and Munich –              IMEX Frankfurt (19-21 May)  

Moncloa Market positions itself as a venue for events

In addition to your daily food shopping, the space – covering 700m2 distributed across three floors – now offers a cultural and gastronomic venue. The market features a restaurant with an area of 170m2 which can host cocktail dinners for 200 people or banquets for 120. On the ground floor there is a pavilion with… Read more »

Global Dinner

Palacio Neptuno and Lumentium launch the “Global Dinner” concept in Madrid, a gastronomic journey that begins in the space and shows the relationship between technology, connectivity and the future. The journey wanders through completely disparate natural and urban landscapes over the course of two hours replete with images and 3D mapping. An innovative gourmet experience,… Read more »

NH Nacional opens its doors following remodelling, with new spaces for events

Careful to respect the hotel’s hundred-year-old architectural heritage, the remodelling project preserved emblematic features such as the hotel’s facade, the large staircase and its marble floors. After seven months of complete refurbishment, in April the NH Nacional unveiled its completely renovated facilities. The building’s common areas were redesigned to achieve more space and greater functionality,… Read more »

Logistical, institutional and promotional support

In April MCB provided support to a dozen national and international meetings, most notably: The 24th International Congress of Optometry, Contact Lenses and Ophthalmic Optics (OPTOM): MCB organised a welcome reception in the Royal Hall at Casa de la Panadería in Plaza Mayor. Technical inspection visits were also conducted in association with congresses to be… Read more »

New Developments – Grand Openings

La Chispería, a new gastronomic space, opens at Chamberí Market Chamberí Market, located in the heart of Madrid’s most traditional neighbourhood, has launched La Chispería, a new gastronomic space designed to be a ‘foodie square’ set up between the fruit, vegetable and meat stalls that are long-time fixtures at this location. It is intended to… Read more »

400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes

Various cultural events commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of the author of Don Quixote 22 April is the 400th anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes’ death, and tributes are being paid to the author of Don Quixote in the city where he was born, Alcalá de Henares, as well as in the Spanish capital,… Read more »

Madrid will host the aviation industry’s main congress until 2022

The aviation sector has set down roots in Madrid. Until 2022 the capital will host the World ATM Congress (WATM), the largest global congress devoted to air traffic management, organised by the American Traffic Control Association (ATCA) and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO). During this year’s edition of the congress, its organisers announced… Read more »

Full Experience Setsubun, on the 12th of May at Hesperia Madrid Hotel

Setsubun, “separation of seasons”, is the festival celebrated in Japan to mark the end of winter in the ancient Japanese lunisolar calendar. The meal will be accompanied by a special ritual to shed all the evils of the previous year and keep demons away in the New Year. During this ritual, known as mamemak, seeds… Read more »

Where to find us

Where we will be: –              ICCA Iberian Chapter (30 march- 1 april), Marbella –              M&I Forum Europe Spring (4-9 april), Dubai –              IMEX Frankfurt (19-21 april), Frankfurt Let´s meet!: http://www.esmadrid.com/mcb/en/category/ferias/ Where we have been: –             C&IT Association Forum (7-8 march), London –             MICE Meeting – OET Brussels (17 march), Brussels –             CONFEC red (4-6 February),… Read more »

The Turkish group Dogus buys the Hotel Villa Magna Madrid

Turkish conglomerate Dogus Group has signed an agreement with Portuguese firm Sodim to purchase the Hotel Villa Magna Madrid for 180 million euros. The five-star Hotel Villa Magna, which boasts 150 rooms and is one of the most luxurious in Spain, was acquired in 2001 by Sodim. The Portuguese company is owned by Pedro Queiroz… Read more »

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella visits Madrid

Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer at Microsoft, visited Madrid to take part in the dotNet Spain Conference 2016, the largest event for developers organised by the company in Spain. The facilities at Kinépolis Madrid Ciudad de la Imagen were chosen to host the event, which was attended by 1,500 people in person and 5,000 via… Read more »

Meliá launches EcoTouch to promote more sustainable meetings

The hotel chain Meliá Hotels & Resorts presented its new programme for events and business gatherings, EcoTouch Meetings, based on sustainability as added value and implemented as part of the company’s commitment to environmental protection, one of the pillars of its Corporate Responsibility strategy. Following the agreement to promote the fight against climate change adopted… Read more »

Casino Gran Madrid hosts the first event on the 2016 PokerStars Tour

The Spanish PokerStars tour returned to Madrid this year, hosted by Casino Gran Madrid in Torrelodones. A local tournament featuring many big stars. For one week (7 to 13 March), Casino Gran Madrid pulled out all the stops to host one of the classic competitions in Spain’s annual poker calendar. The PokerStars Tour returned in… Read more »

Airlines – New connections

New direct routes were launched in March, connecting Madrid to Birmingham, Biarritz, Turin, Bari, Bacau and San Juan, Puerto Rico, in addition to the routes already launched in December that connected the city with Panama, Asunción and Hangzhou.   On a separate note, Qatar Airways launched a route between Doha and Sydney, enabling its daily… Read more »

Congresses – March 2016

In the month of March MCB’s Congress Department provided logistical and institutional support to ten national and international congresses, including the 8th Congress of the Spanish Society of Osteoporotic Fractures (SEFRAOS), the 2016 edition of ROOTED CON, the 3rd Biennial Meeting of the Specialised Biochemistry Group, the 12th Carbohydrates Conference, the Annual Conference of the… Read more »

New Partners

We want to welcome 4 new companies that recently became partners of Madrid Convention Bureau: Arzábal Reina Sofía – Special Venue – http://arzabal.com/ Casa Patas – Special Venue – http://www.casapatas.com/ The Style Outlets –Service Provider/ Commerce – www.thestyleoutlets.es Sagardi Castellana – Restaurant – http://www.sagardi.com/restaurantes/57/sagardi-castellana

Airport and airlines

  ADOLFO SUÁREZ MADRID BARAJAS COMMITTED TO THE ENVIRONMENT Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport is registered in the Carbon Footprint Register and reaffirms its commitment to the environment. The registration, granted by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, encourages Spanish registered organisations to calculate and reduce their carbon footprint. In this way, the airport… Read more »

Hotel InterContinental renovates its conference rooms

Hotel InterContinental Madrid, located at number 49 of the Paseo de la Castellana, inaugurates the renovation of its event and meeting rooms. The renovation has modernised and equipped these facilities according to the current needs of travellers and visitors on business. As a result, InterContinental Madrid positions itself as one of the leading MICE venues,… Read more »

H 10 opens third hotel in Madrid

H10 Hotels has opened the doors of H10 Tribeca (the old H10 Orense), situated in C/. Pedro Texeira, in Madrid’s financial district. The establishment has four stars and 140 rooms. The redesign project has been carried out by Lázaro Rosa-Violán, focusing mainly on the hotel’s common areas where the décor is inspired on the industrial… Read more »

Congresses

In February, there were 5 candidates for the 2017 and 2019 congresses, where the potential participation of 6000 delegates is expected. The fields of knowledge of the congresses comprise the business, medical and scientific sectors. During the same month three congresses were confirmed for 2017, including the national congress of the Association for the Study… Read more »

Hotel W Madrid

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced that it is going to increase its presence in Spain with the opening of W Madrid in 2018. «Whatever/Whenever», as long as it’s legal, will be the future hotel’s motto. It will occupy the building of the old Hotel Asturias and compete with the Four Seasons, the building… Read more »

Where to find us

Where we will be: –              C&IT Association Forum (7-8 march) London –              Jornada MICE OET Bruselas (17 march) Brussels –              ICCA Iberian Chapter (30 march- 1 april) Marbella –              M&I Forum Europe Spring (4-9 april) Dubai –              IMEX Frankfurt (19-21 april) Frankfurt   Where we have been: –              CONFEC red (4-6 February),… Read more »

Harvard Awards Prize to Madrid Río Park for exemplary design

  The Madrid Río Park project has been awarded the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design. The internationally recognised prize honours projects that stand out for their exemplary design and capacity to transform cities by way of socially responsible strategies that improve their public space and citizens’ quality of… Read more »

Arco Madrid (24th-28th February)

  Year after year, the ARCOmadrid International Contemporary Art Fair shows its momentum and audacity when it comes to tracking the latest trends in contemporary art. As one of the most important events worldwide, it brings together the sector’s most innovative artists and reputed specialists. This year marked the 35th anniversary of this fair, and… Read more »

Madrid is set to host 50% of the international conventions in 2016

  In 2016, Madrid will increase its importance as an international reference in business tourism due to the fact half the international trade fairs are going to be held in Madrid, according to the annual cataloguing awarded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through the Secretary of State for Trade. This information represents an… Read more »

NH Group takes over Hotel Suecia management

NH will keep this 4-star hotel open until the summer, when it will close for renovation. It is expected to reopen in September as NH Collection Cibeles, with another star. Hotel Suecia was reopened in January 2014. It has 127 rooms, a bar, restaurant, six meeting rooms and 13 parking spaces. It stands out for… Read more »

Bluebay Group and Le Royal Hotels & Resorts, The dream merger

  The BlueBay Group starts the year with great news among their international expansion plans. Starting with the management of the prestigious Hotel Miguel Ángel in Madrid since September last year, the hotel chain has continued to incorporate the other 10 hotel properties from the portfolio of Le Royal Hotels & Resorts, a process which… Read more »

Hotusa buys the Sheraton Madrid Mirasierra

  The Hotusa Group has bought the five-star Sheraton Madrid Mirasierra Hotel & Spa and will integrate it into its Eurostars Hotels chain under the name Eurostars Suites Mirasierra. Eurostars Suites Mirasierra has 182 bedrooms and suites covering at least 60 m2  each, the majority affording views of the Madrid mountain range. It is currently… Read more »

Where to find us:

  Where we will be: –              CONFEC red (4-6 February), Abu Dhabi –              The Meeting Space Spring (18-20 February), Warsaw   Where we have been: –              54th ICCA Congress and General Assembly (1-4 November), Buenos Aires, Argentina –              IBTM World (17-19 November), Barcelona, Spain –              M&I Eastern Europe Gulf & India (22-26 November), Vienna –             … Read more »

Congresses

  In January MCB applied to host three events: two for national medical conferences to be held in 2018 and 2020 (both large-scale, attracting 3,000 attendees) and one for an international veterinary conference, to be attended by 2,000 people in 2020. A national conference to be held by the AVEPA (Spanish Small Animal Veterinary Association)… Read more »

ARTIEM, leading urban hotel in Madrid

  Artiem Hotels is a family company that has run four establishments offering experiences, entertainment and leisure for adults on the island of Menorca since 1974 and is now in Madrid. A national leader, the company is strongly centred on well-being and health. Artiem Fresh People Hotels is striving to transfer its philosophy of sustainability… Read more »

Madrid Fusión (25-27 January)

  A new edition of the world’s leading international gastronomy congress was held this year, with the theme ‘Post-Avant-Garde Language’. Surprising demonstrations, exhibitions with unexpected products, and many workshops took place at this culinary event, featuring the participation of the top chefs on today’s scene, who unveiled their new creations and gave us a sneak… Read more »

Gastrofestival (23 January-7 February)

  2016 gets off to the best possible start with bars and restaurants the city over participating in some of the festival’s usual sections, including Degustatapas (one tapa plus a small bottle of Mahou beer for €3); Rioja Wine in Our Favourite Bars (one tapa plus a glass of Rioja wine for €6); and Dining… Read more »

Fitur 2016 (20-24 January)

From 20 to 24 January, Madrid became the world’s tourism capital when it hosted the 36th edition of this major travel industry fair. Madrid’s Tourism Trade Fair is a global meeting point for industry professionals and is the leading event for outbound and inbound markets in Spain and Latin America. At the 2016 show, more… Read more »

Kinepolis Madrid hosts the most important DELL event in Spain

  A new edition of the Dell Solutions Tour, the company’s leading annual event in Spain, was held in Madrid on 2 December. The event drew over 1,000 participants from Dell’s distributors and clients. Kinépolis Madrid was chosen as this year’s venue. The event revolved around the main trends and strategies that are essential for… Read more »

AHORA JAZZ! AT CÍRCULO DE BELLAS ARTES

  Until 29 January, La Pecera, a café-restaurant at Círculo de Bellas Artes with an enviable location, will offer guests a chance to enjoy swing jazz. Every Friday the establishment will be the sole venue for JAZZ CIRCULO, the jazz festival created in 2007 to emulate the extraordinary jazz lounges that flourished in the emblematic… Read more »

Where to find us:

  Where we will be: –              CONFEC red (4-6 February), Abu Dhabi –              The Meeting Space Spring (18-20 February), Warsaw   Where we have been: –              54th ICCA Congress and General Assembly (1-4 November), Buenos Aires, Argentina –              IBTM World (17-19 November), Barcelona, Spain –              M&I Eastern Europe Gulf & India (22-26 November), Vienna –             … Read more »

Airlines

    Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport has launched a new route to Hangzhou (China), operated by Beijing Capital Airlines. It is the third direct flight to Asia, joining the ranks of the flights already offered between Madrid’s airport and Seoul (South Korea) three times a week with Korean Air and Beijing (China) four times a… Read more »

Torre Picasso welcomes the world’s highest cinema

To celebrate the release of “The Walk” (25 December), the world’s highest cinema was set up in the emblematic Torre Picasso building. The film will be screened for a few weeks in the glass space, which is 157 metres high, offering cinemagoers the chance to enjoy it in a unique, incomparable venue. The goal is… Read more »

Teatro Príncipe Pío

By late 2017 Estación del Norte (North Station) will have been converted into a large theatre for shows and concerts featuring a food court, but the process has got off to a grand start with the opening of a tent in the station’s parking area. The ultimate goal is for a part of the station’s… Read more »

MCB’s 7th educational seminar, Neuroscience, Neuromarketing and Neuroevents

On 16 December the Neuroscience, Neuromarketing and Neuroevents seminar was held at the Royal Tapestry Factory for the over 200 companies associated with Madrid Convention Bureau (MCB). The event was organised by MCB. MCB’s educational seminars have become a new tradition, an event that enables the generation of business synergies and the promotion of new… Read more »

Madrid Convention Bureau and the Madrid Science Sector

          On 3 December the Madrid Convention Bureau met with renowned representatives of the Madrid scientific sector with the aim of presenting the strengths of Madrid as a top destination for congresses and explaining the ways, in which the Bureau can aid organisers in securing the selection of Madrid as destination… Read more »

Madrid Marriott Auditorium, the chain’s largest hotel in Europe

  The remodelling works carried out have made this Marriott establishment, one of the most important in terms of international business tourism, the chain’s largest hotel in all of Europe. Of particular note are its 869 rooms and suites, 56 meeting rooms and an auditorium that can hold up to 2,000 people, in addition to… Read more »

Opening of Novotel Madrid Center

  A totally renovated NOVOTEL MADRID CENTER reopened its doors after a year of remodelling works. The hotel is the biggest Novotel in the world, with some of the largest spaces for meetings and events in Madrid. Located in the heart of the city, just 5 minutes’ walk from El Retiro Park and 11 km… Read more »

Chess Tournament in Hamman Al Andalus baths

  On 3rd and 4th November, chess players from all around Madrid met once again in a curious and unique tournament: contenders played in a swimsuit and sat comfortably inside the warm waters of the beautiful Arabic Baths in Calle Atocha, 14. This year the tournament kicked-off in the Madrid Hamman on 3rd November and… Read more »

Where to find us:

  Where we will be: –              Connections Meeting Europe 2015 (9-12 December), Lisbon & Algarve     Where we have been: –              54th ICCA Congress and General Assembly (1-4 November), Buenos Aires, Argentina –              IBTM World (17-19 November), Barcelona, Spain –              M&I Eastern Europe Gulf & India (22-26 November), Vienna

Congresses

In November, seven bids were submitted for international congresses to be held in 2016-2019 with a total potential participation of over 17,000 delegates, and eight bids were won, including confirmation of two editions of the same congress. Two inspection tours were made in relation to two bids for international congresses for the years 2016 (ITCH… Read more »

Madrid opens its Beer Museum

  In early October a project was presented at the Mahou San Miguel headquarters which will transform the Duke of Infantado palatial mansion into the first cultural centre devoted to beer. This will be another unique feather in Madrid’s cap, strengthening the range of its tourist attractions with a venue where the public can enjoy… Read more »

Jazz Madrid

  The Madrid International Jazz Festival, JAZZMADRID’15, was held in November with Conde Duque as its headquarters with the presence of great artists from this musical genre, new talents and, in this edition, creative women with unquestionable jazz authority. Richard Bona, the Cameroon bass guitarist opened this year’s Jazz Festival on 5th November, which was… Read more »

New flight connections

Air Europa launches flights to Paraguay Starting 16 December, Air Europa will connect Madrid to Asunción with two flights a week. Flights will depart Madrid on Wednesdays and Sundays and will arrive in Asunción on Thursdays and Mondays, leaving the Paraguayan capital on the same days bound for Madrid. Air Europa will use a 299-passenger… Read more »

ONLY YOU, the world’s best design boutique hotel is in Madrid

On 30 October, in the final stretch of 2015, a year of goals that were accomplished with the eagerly anticipated expansion of its premises, the ONLY YOU HOTEL & LOUNGE MADRID, a member of the Ayre Hoteles Group (the Palladium Hotel Group’s urban brand), once again shone more brightly than ever. At the 5th “WORLD… Read more »

October welcomes record number of tourists and overnight stays in Madrid

This October the capital received a total of 873,253 tourists, a new high which exceeded the previous record of October 2011 (794,423 tourists). Madrid receives the largest number of travellers and overnight stays in all of Spain. The month of October also set an all-time record for the number of overnight stays: 1,784,871, up 10.7%… Read more »

New Partners of Madrid Convention Bureau

    We want to welcome 6 new companies that have recently become partners of Madrid Convention Bureau:     Grupo Abasa                                       www.grupoabasa.com Conference Studio                          www.conferencestudio.eu… Read more »

IFEMA hosts CPHI Worldwide

  According to sources at IFEMA, the international pharmaceutical ingredients expo CPHI Worldwide, the industry’s leading global event, brought 150 million euros to Madrid as it swept through the capital city. The event drew 2,500 companies from the pharmaceutical ingredients sector and 36,000 professionals from 153 countries. 74 Spanish companies participated in this year’s edition…. Read more »

InterContinental Madrid, Spain’s Leading Business Hotel 2015

  For the second year running, InterContinental Madrid has received one of the awards commonly referred to as the “Tourism Oscars.” The World Travel Awards recognise excellence in all sectors of the travel and tourism industry. InterContinental Madrid boasts over sixty years of history. Since the very beginning it has been firmly committed to the… Read more »

Where to find us

  Where we will be: –              IBTM World (17-19 November), Barcelona , Spain –              M&I Eastern Europe Gulf & India (22-26 November), Vienna –              Connections Meeting Europe 2015 (9-12 December), Lisbon & Algarve Where we have been: –              IMEX America (13-15 October), Las Vegas – USA –              M&I Europe Autumn (19-23 October), St Julian’s, Malta… Read more »

Congresses

  In  October, MCB’s Congresses Department submitted six bids for international congresses to be held between 2016 and 2019, with a total of 19,000 potential participants. It also organised two technical visits by organisers of confirmed congresses in Madrid to finalise the venue and supplier selection process. Finally, during this period seven bids were won… Read more »