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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 »

Madrid presentation in Chicago, 1 October

  Madrid Convention Bureau held an event in Chicago, presenting the city of Madrid as a destination for business, congresses, meeting and incentive tourism for the top incentive agencies and firms in Chicago and its surrounding area.   Nine companies associated with MCB also took part in the event, which steered away from traditional formats… Read more »

Shopping Tourism and Economy Summit

  On 5 and 6 October, Madrid celebrated its 2015 Shopping Tourism & Economy Summit. It was the first European summit devoted exclusively to shopping tourism, recognising the phenomenon as one of the main drivers of urban economic development in the years to come due to its added value, its capacity to create jobs and… Read more »

Airlines and Airport

  Royal Air Maroc launches a new route between Rabat and Madrid in October Since 26 October, flights have been running three times a week between Rabat Airport and Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport. The Moroccan airline is offering flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in a 160-passenger Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Ethiopian offering direct flights between… Read more »

Madrid Exquisito 23 Oct- 1 Nov

  Savouring delicious seasonal dishes in an emblematic building in Madrid, on a terrace in front of the Royal Palace, at the bar of a famous tavern alongside the Retiro Park or at the high tables of a trendy gastro-bar in the city centre, were just some of the options offered by participating restaurants in… Read more »

New Junior Suites at the Villa Magna from September

  Having completely renovated the hotel in 2009, renowned interior designer Thomas Urquijo has returned once again to undertake the refurbishment of the Junior Suites. Overlooking Paseo de la Castellana, the eight Junior Suites enjoy the natural light that streams through the windows during the afternoon hours and the living rooms have also been enhanced…. Read more »

A brand new website for Hotel Emperador Madrid

  Built in 1947 and continuously updated, this four-star hotel can be found at number 53 on one of Madrid’s major thoroughfares, Gran Vía. It is one of the capital’s major urban landmarks. Part of the Lope de Vega Building, it boasts 232 guest rooms, including two suites and 12 meeting and banqueting rooms suitable… Read more »

where to find us:

  Where we have been: –  M&I Europe Summer (29 June – 3 July), Edinburgh, Scotland – The Meetings Show (7-9 July) London, England –  M&I The Americas (30 August – 3 September), St Petersburg, FL – USA   Where we will be: – IMEX America (13-15 October), Las Vegas – USA –  M&I Europe… Read more »

Congresses:

Madrid is to host M&I Europe Summer in 2016 The M&I Europe Summer Forum will be held in Madrid from 28th June to 2nd July 2016. This professional gathering generates a large number of appointments with potential international buyers. The source markets for buyers at this forum are the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium,… Read more »

8th Recognition Night (2015/09/24)

Tourism in general and convention tourism in particular are a driving force in Madrid’s economic activity. For this reason, for the past eight years Madrid City Council, through the Congresses Department (MCB) of Madrid Destino’s Tourism Bureau, has held Recognition Night, an annual event paying tribute to the industry professionals who attract meetings to the… Read more »

Madrid, the destination most committed to North America

  The tourism event Virtuoso Travel Week 2015, held in August in the US city of Las Vegas, has awarded Madrid the title of “Destination most committed to North America” for the promotional work done by the Spanish capital in this particular market. According to Madrid City Council, this distinction, which has been awarded for… Read more »

Open House

  It was Madrid’s turn to host this architecture and city festival, held in more than 30 cities across the globe, including New York, London, Chicago and Vienna. Over the weekend of 26 and 27 September, the city of Madrid opened its buildings to raise awareness of its culture, design and architecture to all citizens… Read more »

BIG FOOD, gastronomy and design at Matadero Madrid

  Organised by the Madrid Designers’ Association (DIMAD), a new event was held from 25 to 27 September at Matadero Madrid’s Central de Diseño venue.  The aim of Big Food was to highlight the interaction between gastronomy and design, featuring cooks, restaurant owners, producers and some of the most acclaimed creative professionals from the world… Read more »

New direct train between Atocha station and the airport

  The rail shuttle running directly from Madrid-Atocha station to Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport began operating in September. The direct rail link leaves every half an hour with only one stop at Chamartín station. The link enables passengers to travel straight to the airport from the AVE arrivals area and from Atocha station Long Distance… Read more »

Kinépolis Madrid hosts the Fast&Furious 7 presentation

  On 30 July, for the occasion of the presentation of the Blu-ray and DVD versions of the latest instalment in the Fast & Furious saga, the seven vehicles that starred in the motion picture (manufactured respectively by Lamborghini, Mercedes, Maserati, Nissan, Lexus, Ford and Subaru) gathered together on the grounds of Kinépolis Madrid in… Read more »

H10 transforms the H10 Villa de la Reina into a boutique hotel

  H10 Hotels has completely remodelled its hotel H10 Villa de la Reina, located at number 22 on Madrid’s Gran Vía, transforming it into a boutique hotel. The establishment is housed in a majestic early 20th-century building that retains its original façade and some architectural features. The entire hotel was remodelled this year by prestigious… Read more »

The Princesa Hotel becomes the first Courtyard by Marriott in Spain

The 4-star Courtyard Madrid Princesa was added to the chain following the remodelling of the hotel’s public areas, lobby, restaurant-bar, meeting and event halls and guest rooms, of which 170 have been renovated so far. New protocols and updated security and technology systems were also introduced. Renovation of the remaining rooms and other spaces will… Read more »

Where to find us

  Where we have been: M&I Europe Summer (29 June – 3 July), Edinburgh, Scotland The Meetings Show (7-9 July) London     Where we will be: M&I The Americas (30 August – 3 September), St Petersburg, FL – USA IMEX America (13-15 October), Las Vegas – USA M&I Europe Autumn (19-23 October), St Julian’s,… Read more »

Congresses

  Congress Department activity throughout July and August: –             8 bids submitted for new international congresses, which would have a combined total of 21,000 participants between 2017 and 2022 –              4 new congresses were awarded to Madrid, with an estimated number of some 6,000 participants in 2016 and 2017 Corporate Department activity: –              Fam Trip… Read more »

New Madrid Convention Bureau website

  Madrid Convention Bureau has a brand new website, a platform designed to provide detailed information on Madrid as a business destination. Notable new features include the search engine added to the Partners section to enable selection of the most suitable accommodation and venue based on the number of participants and the degree of set-up… Read more »

July sees a record number of tourists

  739,061 tourists visited Madrid in July, the highest figure ever recorded for this month. July data from the Hotel Occupancy Survey conducted by INE (National Statistics Institute) showed that tourism demand in Madrid continued to grow in July, with record highs recorded for both the number of tourists and overnight stays, bringing annual figures… Read more »

Airlines and new routes

  Iberia launches routes between Madrid-Madeira and Madrid-Medellín Iberia launched a new route between Spain and Portugal in July, connecting Madrid with Funchal, the capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira. The total number of passenger seats offered between the two Iberian countries in the summer of 2015 is over 710,000, 8.8% more than in… Read more »

Dear Hotel opens its doors on Gran Vía

Dear Hotel, a new 4-star establishment a stone’s throw from Madrid’s Plaza de España, opens its doors to guests, offering unique accommodation in the heart of the city. This new hotel is an initiative headed by Seca Hoteles. Dear Hotel boasts a markedly cosmopolitan and intrinsically urban vibe, and is conveniently located at number 80… Read more »

Room Mate Hotels offers free wi-fi inside and outside hotels

The Room Mate Hotels hotel chain offers its guests free Wi-Fi both inside and outside its hotels. It is the first hotel chain in the world to offer this service according to a press release from Room Mate Hotels. All guests can request a mini router which can be used with up to five devices,… Read more »

IFEMA Conventions and Conferences incorporates 3D technology

IFEMA has added a new tool to its website: VENUETOUR. This feature will allow users to take a 3D virtual tour of the event spaces available from IFEMA. This feature was developed specifically for convention and exhibition centres to allow event organisers to virtually explore IFEMA via 360-degree panorama views. Those working in the MICE… Read more »

H10 buys the Hotel Orense in Madrid

H10 Hotels has purchased the property and operation of the Hotel Orense, which has up to now been run by Rafaelhoteles. This makes the Hotel Orense the second H10 hotel in Madrid, after the Villa de la Reina on Gran Vía. Located close to Paseo de la Castellana, the H10 Orense is in a wonderful… Read more »

Where to find us

Where we will be: – M&I The Americas (30 August – 3 September), St Petersburg, FL, USA – IMEX America (13-15 October) Las Vegas Where we have been: – M&I Europe Summer (29 June – 3 July), Edinburgh, Scotland – The Meetings Show (7-9 July) London

New online tools for the Madrid Convention Bureau

The new Madrid Convention Bureau apps Manual de Reuniones (Meeting Manual) and Catálogo de Sedes (Special Venues Guide) are available for download on Android and IOS. Meeting Manual: Manual de Reuniones – MCB Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.gonext.madconvbur IOS: https://appsto.re/es/OU0n7.i Venues Catalogue: Sedes Especiales Madrid – MCB Andorid: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=es.gonext.madconvbur2 IOS: https://appsto.re/es/b2_b8.i The apps are also available for download from… Read more »

Congresses

In May and June the Conference Department of the Madrid Convention Bureau submitted nine applications to host national and international conferences for the 2016 to 2019 period. Since May the Department has also won bids for seven new conferences that will bring to Madrid over 28,000 delegates from diverse sectors including air traffic, medicine, research,… Read more »

Sunset Cinema – Cine de Cibeles (1 July – 3 September)

Cine de Cibeles is the no. 1 pop up cinema in Madrid and the leading experiential cinema experience in Spain. Its single stage plays host to a combination of cinema, entertainment and the trends of the moment so that you can be swept away by your favourite films like never before in a truly enchanting… Read more »

Los Veranos de la Villa (1 July – 30 August)

The Veranos de la Villa is a key event in the capital’s cultural programme. During July and August, locals and visitors can enjoy a programme that includes the city’s major cultural venues and makes room for the most important artistic genres. There will be one essential new offering at this year’s Veranos de la Villa festival:… Read more »

Gay Pride (1-5 July)

The start of summer in Madrid is inextricably linked to one of the most eagerly awaited festivals of all. The flags and bunting decorating the Chueca neighbourhood signal that the Gay Pride celebrations, an example of what this open, cosmopolitan and diverse city stands for, are underway. This year, the proclamation was given by actress… Read more »

SERCOTEL adds two new hotels in Madrid

Thanks to two new four-star establishments, Sercotel Hotels now boasts 12 hotels in the Spanish capital. The city welcomes Hotel Nuevo Boston, a modern urban establishment near Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport and Ifema-Feria de Madrid; and Hotel Nuevo Madrid, located in the business district of Chamartín just a 5-minute drive from Plaza Castilla and 10… Read more »

Villamagna: Mexican Street food by Daniel Ovadia

Daniel Ovadia’s chefs return to the Villa Magna for the third year in a row and this year are preparing Mexican street food; a selection of three aguachiles, three gamachas and four tacos. The venue has also changed to the Magnum Patio where you can also enjoy your favourite cocktails: margaritas, daiquiris, spicy mojitos and… Read more »

El mirador del Thyssen

El Mirador del Thyssen, located on the top floor of the museum, opens its doors from mid-June to mid-September to serve dinners designed by El Antiguo Convento Catering. The fact that it is only open for a few months out of the year, the exceptional views from its terrace and superb Mediterranean cuisine prepared using… Read more »

Congresses

Meetings tourism in Madrid generated 816 million euros in 2014 Madrid has consolidated its position as the third destination in the world and top destination in Spain for hosting the highest number of international congresses. Of the total number of meetings held in Madrid, 2,266 were congresses, 2,585 conventions and 7,604 one-day events, mainly in… Read more »

MCB Presentation in London (18 june)

On 18 June, MCB presented Madrid as a destination to MICE agencies in the British capital. A total of 12 companies belonging to Madrid Convention Bureau participated in the event. With the slogan “Madrid, Making Business a Pleasure”, the presentation, held at the Hispania London restaurant, drew around 30 buyers, from DMCs to event organizers… Read more »

Wet Madrid

Wet Madrid is a joint venture between Wet Watersports and Surf in the City to bring sun and sand to the capital. The project includes a Wavegarden, thanks to the construction of an artificial beach, a lake and other leisure facilities where it will be possible to surf as of summer 2016. This new water… Read more »

Millesime Madrid 2015 (16-19 June)

Millesime Madrid is an annual gastronomy festival that brings together foodies and a select group of professional chefs, featuring all kinds of workshops, demonstrations and tastings to keep up with the latest culinary trends. This time round, Pabellón de la Pipa at Casa de Campo Park was the setting for this three-day event, where visitors… Read more »

Mandarin Oriental-Olayan joint venture to acquire Hotel Ritz

Mandarin Oriental announced that it is to acquire the Hotel Ritz for €130 million in a joint venture with the Olayan Group, a Saudi Arabian multinational group. Mandarin Oriental and Olayan will each hold a 50% interest in the joint venture, which is purchasing all of the shares in the owning company, Hotel Ritz Madrid,… Read more »

Madrid became the capital of opera (6-8 May)

On 6 and 8 May, Madrid’s Teatro Real hosted representatives of nearly 150 theatres and opera festivals from all over the world at the Opera Europa International Conference, in which more than 40 countries took part. This year’s International Conference coincided with European Opera Days and the main theme was the use of new technology… Read more »

Barceló is set to open its first five-star hotel in Madrid

If all goes according to plan, the Barceló Emperatriz hotel will be opening in the last quarter of this year. The chain aims to carry out a full refurbishment of the hotel to not only improve quality but also to give it a distinctive character in which everything revolves round the last French empress, Eugenia… Read more »

Madrid Golf Experience 2015

Madrid Golf was the organiser of the MADRID GOLF EXPERIENCE, held from 8 to 10 May at the headquarters of the Madrid Golf Federation Technical Skills Centre. A new format event that was held at a golf course for the first time with the intention of attracting more visitors, industry professionals and enthusiasts. MADRID GOLF… Read more »

The Strawberry Train

The Strawberry Train – or “Tren de la Fresa” – sets off in the spring and summer seasons, making the same journey it has traditionally taken since 1984 between Madrid and Aranjuez. The train, a replica of the very first train to operate in the Region of Madrid, leaves from the Railway Museum. The Strawberry… Read more »

Pestana will be managing the luxury hotel in Madrid’s Plaza Mayor

Grupo Pestana has submitted the best financial proposal for the competition for awarding the contract for managing the future 5-star hotel based in Casa de la Carnicería, owned by Madrid City Council and situated in Plaza Mayor. The Portuguese chain, currently in the process of internationalising the brand in Europe, will be operating the luxury… Read more »

AMALUNA (6 MAY – 21 JUNE)

Madrid is staging Cirque du Soleil´s latest production. It is the first time that the Spanish capital has had the honour of hosting the European premiere of a show by the renowned Canadian troupe. Written and directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, Amaluna is the first Cirque du Soleil show whose acrobat ratio of females to males… Read more »

Salón de Gourmets (13-16 April)

The city of Madrid continues to pay tribute to gastronomy. The 29th Salón de Gourmets fair was held at IFEMA from 13 to 16 April. The Salón de Gourmets (International Quality Food & Drink Fair) brings together more than 200 activities: food and wine tastings, presentations, demonstrations, contests, etc. A wealth of products, culinary techniques… Read more »

Madrid en la AIBTM de Orlando

Tras lograr el segundo puesto en el ranking ICCA, la capital continúa su estrategia de promoción internacional.

Madrid, segunda ciudad del mundo en turismo congresual

La capital, con 186 encuentros, asciende del 4º al 2º puesto en el ranking y se mantiene como primer destino de turismo de reuniones de España. Madrid crece un 13% en número de congresos validados respecto al ranking de 2012, en el que la capital ocupó el cuarto puesto.