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Madrid congresses on the upswing

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In October, Madrid gained five new congresses. Four of these pertain to the medical sector and will be held between 2015 and 2019.

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In October, Madrid gained five new congresses. Four of these pertain to the medical sector and will be held between 2015 and 2019.

In addition, the Madrid Convention Bureau (MCB) received two technical visits associated with congress events that are confirmed for Madrid in the coming years: the European Association of Urology (EAU), March 2015, 12,000 delegates, and the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC), March 2016, 300 delegates. Furthermore, it played a role in promoting Madrid as a destination for the European Patent Office (EPO) Congress, which is confirmed for Madrid in 2016.

In October, MCB initiated five new candidacy processes. Two of these are for medical events and the rest are for various professional sectors.

Corporate events held in Madrid

In the month of October Madrid hosted corporate events as prestigious as the C-Print Fair, a visual communication industry trade fair held from 7 to 9 October. MCB helped make the event possible by providing logistical and planning support. The event gathered together 4,000 participants from the sector in Madrid.

Mention should also be made of an American decorating firm incentive event organized by the ITB design management company, of the National Meeting of the pharmaceutical company Lilly at Madrid’s Fine Arts Circle, of the International MAXAM Meeting and of the meeting of the OSA Spain (Office of Sustainable Architecture).

For the fourth year in a row Madrid hosted the International Cruise Summit, which took place on 12 and 13 November and is the only annual gathering for the sector in Spain.

It is a forum for debate supported by the Madrid City Hall through the municipal company Madrid Destino and the Madrid Convention Bureau.

The International Cruise Summit drew 300 cruise sector professionals from all over the world to Madrid, including Spanish and European port representatives, port companies, tourism service providers, travel agencies and tour operators. The event is a must for those wishing to foster the roles of Europe and Spain in developing the sector, and features a comprehensive program enabling cruise industry trends, challenges and opportunities to be identified.

The city of Madrid is currently the ‘port of embarkation’ for many cruisers, and is an ideal destination to visit before or after a cruise.

It is easy for travelers to move between Madrid and Spain’s main ports thanks to the city’s international airport, Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas, offering flights to the main Spanish and European cities, and the High Speed train (AVE) that connects Madrid to Spain’s most popular coastal destinations in just hours. All of this is in addition to the city’s unique range of activities for tourists, including the very best cultural, culinary and entertainment options.

These attractions have led Madrid to become an increasingly popular trip to make by AVE from Spanish cruise ports.

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Editor in chief is Linda Hohnholz.