Why Madrid? 
David Noack, Director, Madrid Convention Bureau
Did you know that…?
+ Madrid is the second city in the world in terms of green spaces.
+ Madrid has six Unesco World Heritage Sites within one hour's drive.
+ There are new Tax benefits associated with congresses, conferences and exhibitions in the city of Madrid. Entrepreneurs or non-resident professionals who hold a congress or exhibition in Madrid will not have to pay value-added tax (VAT) when contracting services that are necessary for the celebration of the event with a unique operator, resident in Spain.
Where to meet?
Madrid counts on 679 meeting rooms with a wide range of capacities that cover all the needs of a congress organizer. For example:
+ IFEMA trade fair & convention Center is one of the biggest and more important fairs and conventions venues in Europe: more than 200,000 sqm of exhibition capacity and two auditoriums for up to 1,700 people.
+ Marriott Madrid Auditorium & Conference Center has an auditorium for some 2,000 people.
Where to stay?
Total of hotels in the city: 867. There are 22 Five Star Hotels, 145 Four Star Hotels and 75 Three Star Hotels.
Examples of which you can find:
+ The new Marriott Madrid Auditorium & Conference Center with its 869 rooms and an auditorium for some 2,000 people.
+ The NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding recently renewed with an ultra-contemporary look.
+ The new Novotel Madrid Center, also considered one of the main hotels for big congresses due to its 790 rooms.
+ Also renowned in the MICE sector, the Meliá Castilla, has 915 rooms.
How to get there?
Our airport, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, receives all international flights arriving in Madrid. It is located 12 kilometers northeast of the capital and connected with the city by bus, underground, train and taxi. This proximity saves passengers considerable time and money travelling to and from the airport.
It handles more than 40,000,000 passengers a year with connections to over 170 direct flight destinations served by 79 airlines. 25% of the flights between Madrid and Latin America have their origin or destination in Madrid.
Madrid has a large railroad structure connecting the capital to all parts of Spain; with the 2nd largest high speed rail network in the world, visitors can reach the main Spanish cities with truly convenient times (for example Madrid-Barcelona 2h.40’).
Do you offer any special services/assistance for associations?
The profile of each congress is carefully evaluated to determine the type of support that is offered but generally Madrid Convention Bureau assists associations by:
+ presenting candidacies supported by technical documentation adapted to every need, collaborating in the necessary expenses.
+ organising inspection visits to Madrid to show, in detail, what the city offers to organisers (covering the expenses deriving from the same).
+ providing information on the city.
+ facilitating contacts with the most suitable service providers in each case.
+ providing publicity for the event (by means of materials specially designed for that purpose: posters, leaflets, video, electronic screens).
+ officially welcoming congress attendees, as well as providing participants with tourist information on Madrid.
Whom to contact?
Madrid Convention Bureau. Congresses Department.
Plaza Mayor, 27
28012 Madrid
Tel. +34 91 758 55 28
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