During 2014, the trade show centre will host eight major international congresses, with the attendance of over 50,000 professionals, generating over 150,000 overnight stays for Madrid’s hotel industry.
IFEMA will get the ball rolling in 2014 with FITUR, one of the year’s first international tourism fairs, which will be followed by another 74 shows and congresses, as well as over 500 business events, attracting more than 32,000 companies from different industries and 2.8 million visitors. The facility’s agenda will mark the turning point for Madrid’s trade show agenda, with an estimated growth of 10-15% in several areas such as participating companies and occupation in sqm and over 20% in visitor numbers with respect to 2013.
This will reinforce the economic impact that IFEMA’s business tourism activities have for Madrid, estimated at around 2 billion euros. With 31, IFEMA consolidates yet again its position as the facility hosting the largest number of international trade fairs, according to statistics released by the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, representing more than 35% of the total held number held in Spain, and nearly 10% more than Barcelona, second in the ranking.