ECM, organised by Madrid City Council, will gather tourism marketing professionals together to debate new city branding models

Madrid hosts the European Cities Marketing meeting for the first time

BUSINESS 25 February 2016


For the first time ever, Madrid will host the spring meeting of European Cities Marketing (ECM), a non-profit organisation that promotes networking between convention, leisure and city branding professionals from Europe’s largest cities for the purpose of sharing knowledge and best practices.

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The capital, which hosted 12,455 meetings last year, recorded an increase in the number of delegates (+12.7%) and in the average visit length

Meetings tourism in Madrid generated 816 million euros in 2014

BUSINESS  6 June 2015


The impact of meetings tourism in Madrid grew in 2014. According to the report produced by Madison Market Research, this tourist segment generated an economic impact in the city of 816 million euros, an increase of 7.4% compared to 2013. The rise in international meetings (+3.2%) and of foreign delegates (+18.4%), the ones who spend more money per day in the city, has favourably influenced these results.

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Madrid, the host of 200 congresses in 2014, climbs to third place on the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) ranking

Madrid sets a new record in international congresses

TOURISM 11 May 2015

Palacio Municipal de Congresos

A jazz concert with cheese and sherry tasting, an edible hat workshop and a festival of literature and gastronomy are just a few of the things planned for Gastrofestival Madrid. From 31 January until 15 February, this great gastronomic event celebrates its sixth edition, with an activity-packed programme presented today by Mayor Ana Botella, and in which culinary art is combined with other disciplines including painting, fashion, film and literature. As the Mayor emphasised, "this is a hugely high-profile event showcasing the quality and variety of Madrid's gastronomy scene and putting our city in the spotlight as a world-class centre of culinary art".

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Ana Botella presents the rehabilitation project which will soon reopen the Faro de Moncloa. The tower will offer guided visits to the observation deck and house a new tourist information point

Faro de Moncloa Observation Tower, a new tourist attraction

TOURISM 23 February 2015

Vistas FaroMoncloa

“Today we can truly use the expression 'From Madrid to Heaven!' thanks the Faro de Moncloa that rises up over the city and from where you can admire the city's skyline, its unique historical buildings, its parks and of course its spectacular sky”. The mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella, today presented the Faro de Moncloa rehabilitation project. Expected to reopen at the end of March, the transmission tower which was built in 1992 to commemorate the election of Madrid as a European Capital of Culture will once more become one of the city’s most impressive viewpoints.

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1,150,000 people attended the congresses, meetings, fairs and events held in the municipal venues rented out last year

Nearly 300 event organisers chose Madrid Destino venues in 2014

BUSINESS 11 February 2015

Palacio Municipal de Congresos

Municipal venues are enviable settings for events held in Madrid. In 2014 Madrid Destino rented out its venues for 38 fairs, 27 congresses, 156 corporate events and 73 other gatherings, which were attended by a combined total of 1,150,000 people. 294 organisers chose to hold their events in venues managed by the municipal company, which has become a key player in promoting one of the city's strategic sectors. The company also develops the programmes for municipal cultural institutions.

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