MICE events push the boundaries of the tourist season in Spain. Up to 60% of business meetings, exhibitions, congresses and incentive events take place in March, April, May, October and November. MICE generates on average five times more income than regular vacation tourism.
Spain is in the top five rankings of the International Congress and Conference Association (ICCA). Over five hundred MICE events are held here annually, in which about 650 thousand people take part.
Spanish MICE organizations are organized into three main associations:
Spain Convention Bureau - the union of cities where conventions are held;
OPC España is an association of companies, professional organizers of congress events;
SIMA (Spain Incentives & Meeting Association) is an association of hotels and travel agencies dealing with congresses and business travel.
The capital of Spain is home to the head offices of many large international organizations, including tourism. Among them are the headquarters of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and the Amadeus company.
An important role in the development of business tourism in the Spanish capital is played by the Madrid Convention Bureau, a non-profit organization supported by the Metropolitan Municipality. The city has three large centers for MICE: the Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions of Madrid, a country fair complex, as well as the Fair Center and the Municipal Palace of Congresses built in the Juan Carlos I Park. The FITUR international tourism fair is held annually in January in the Congress Palace - the second most important in the world ...
One of the largest MICE exhibitions, IBTM (www. btmworld. om), is held here every year. In 2017, it will be held from 28 to 30 November. The congress potential of Barcelona is made up of about 70 business centers, palaces and halls.
31.1.021. Coronavirus in Spain. The Spanish government has extended until 28 February 2021. a decree of 17 July 2020 that temporarily restricts non-essential travel from third countries to countries associated with the EU and the Schengen area, due to the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The list of countries to which this prohibition does not apply has not undergone significant changes.
On January 28, 2021, in the Official Gazette of Spain, decree INT/62/2021 was published, according to which the temporary restriction on entry to Spain for citizens of third countries was extended until February 28, 2021.
The list of countries to which this restriction does not apply remains practically the same, since the EU, as a result of the next revision, also left it unchanged, with one exception: Japan has disappeared from the list.
Thus, at the moment and until February 28, 2021, entry into the territory of Spain for insignificant reasons is allowed for the citizens of the following third countries:
Special Administrative Regions:
In all other cases, in accordance with the Order of the Ministry of the Interior of the Kingdom of Spain dated July 17, 2020 No. INT/657/2020, in order to protect public health, citizens of foreign states will be denied entry to Spain, except for:
- foreigners holding a residence permit in one of the member states of the European Union (EU), the Schengen Agreement, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican or San Marino, documented by relevant documents and traveling to a state from the above list; <
- holders of long-term visas issued by one of the EU member states or the Schengen agreement, heading to the respective state;
- medical staff, including health researchers and care professionals for the elderly, who are sent or returned to Spain to carry out their duties;
- personnel involved in the transportation of goods, crew members of ships and aircraft;
- diplomatic and consular personnel, employees of international organizations, military or humanitarian missions traveling to the country in order to carry out official duties;
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Almost 3 million visitors come to Barcelona every year for business travel, many of whom attend business meetings, conferences, seminars or symposia. Recent statistics from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) show that Barcelona is the third city in the world in terms of the number of business meetings held. One of the largest annual congresses is the GSMAMobileWorldCongress, which annually attracts over 60,000 delegates from 200 countries from 2012 to 2018. We have selected three of our favorite BARCELONA BUSINESS APARTMENTS, each located close to one of the three most popular convention centers in the city (World Trade Center, Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB) and Fira de Barcelona). Each of these wonderful rooms will provide a high level of comfort and excellent services, including free Wi-Fi, a washing machine and excellent air conditioning.
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From 68 €/night From 1500 €/month
This beautiful 1 BEDROOM APARTMENT is the perfect place for the business person to attend conferences at the famous CCIB Center. The apartment is located on the 12th floor of a modern building with elevator and concierge. The massive windows offer stunning views of the city. Along with the large windows, you will find a beautiful dining table and work desk, perfect for taking some notes as you take in the view. The seating area is separated from the fully equipped modern kitchen with high table and stools, another great corner for breakfast while reading the news, for example. High quality bedroom with a double bed in a beautiful wood frame and a wooden wardrobe with plenty of storage space. The competitive price, location and tasteful interiors make this apartment one of our favorite congress apartments in Barcelona.
The apartment is close to Selva de Mar metro station with easy access to the center of Barcelona, making it ideal for those who would also like to explore the cultural center and dine after meetings. The surrounding Diagonal Mar area is also a great place to walk, with several parks and the beach nearby. It is also close enough to one of the most popular shopping centers, Diagonal Mar Centro Commercial, where your travel companion can spend the whole day waiting for you.
From 96 €/night From 1000 €/month
These spacious CIUTAT VELLA apartments are perfect for a group of young entrepreneurs visiting the World Trade Center. The apartment is divided into three bedrooms and can comfortably accommodate eight guests. In the living room there is plenty of room for the occupants to relax after the conference, and in the large kitchen you can prepare a delicious dinner to enjoy your meal in the dining area or on the 12 m2 terrace. Bedrooms are minimalist with beautiful hardwood floors and comfy sheets to make you feel at home. The apartment is located in a modern building with an elevator and a doorman and is fully equipped with household appliances, Wi-Fi, washing machine and air conditioning.
This BARCELONA GROUP APARTMENT is located a few steps from Placa de les Drassanes, Mirador de Colom and the World Trade Center. From this area, you will have easy and quick access to some of Barcelona's most charismatic neighborhoods, including El Raval and the Gothic Quarter, famous for its historic buildings and Gothic architecture. The location of the apartments is ideal for those visitors who would like to explore some of Barcelona's attractions, as it is very close to the famous La Rambla, Boqueria market and even Barceloneta beach.
From 63 €/night From 1100 €/month
For those looking for a place to stay close to the Fira de Barcelona exhibition center, we recommend one of our most popular business travel apartments in Barcelona, a fantastic studio apartment with a practical and functional layout. The living area is furnished with a sofa and TV and is adjacent to a round wooden table with four chairs. The open kitchen opens onto the dining area, and the kitchen is equipped with an oven, hob, microwave and anything else you might need to prepare delicious homemade food. Sleek sliding doors lead to a quiet and peaceful bedroom with an elegant exposed brick wall and a large double bed adorned with a beautiful white frame. The bedroom also has a writing desk and designer armchair with a backrest and a large wardrobe for your belongings.