Seville preparing for MICE recovery boost from strong hotel pipeline and airport expansion

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Seville preparing for MICE recovery boost from strong hotel pipeline and airport expansion

The southern Spanish city of Seville has been growing its venue and hotel capacity during the pandemic with a portfolio of projects including a pipeline of 40 new four- and five-star hotels.

The new openings will deliver 3,000 new rooms, including in hotels with character and traditional vibes, and others with a modern design. Brands in the mix include the Radisson Collection Hotel, Marriott Autograph by AC, ABBA Sevilla, Soho Catedral, Eurostars and Alma.

The tourist statistics are improving slowly, with June 2021’s visitor numbers to the city of 39,193 representing a significant bounce back from the extreme low of June 2020 (2,680) but still way down on the June 2019 mark of 180,603.

The Seville Conference and Exhibition Centre, Fibes, is extending its capacity with the inauguration of the largest conference hall in Spain, which will be able to seat 3,590 people.

As well as traditional hotels and conference venues, Seville can offer haciendas and cortijos manor houses.

Las Setas, in Seville’s Old Quarter, is the world’s largest wooden structure and consists of six large, mushroom-shaped parasols. It offers an immersive meetings room packed with technology and including a 180º screen with 12K definition.

Seville continues to celebrate Magellan’s initiation of the first voyage around the world in 1519 and delegates can see near the river a replica of The Nao Victoria vessel that completed this feat.

Among the new modern, meeting spaces dedicated to events just launched are new rooms at Sevilla FC stadium, which also has a hotel on site.

The city has seen €70m worth of investment and upgrade work almost completed at the airport and due to be unveiled in January 2022.  The hope is that the new capacities will encourage more airlines to establish new routes and to bring in more international events.

Seville is also promoting healthy and safe events under its Seal Chamber Guarantee for meeting planners and Manuel Macias, director of the Seville Congress & Convention Bureau, tells CMW that Seville is “fully recovered and prepared to host meetings and events, taking into account the maximum health and safety for all events and scheduled visits”.

“Seville has prepared itself during the lockdown months,” he adds, “so that the first four and five-star hotels have already begun to open, among the 40 planned in the near future.

“The international airport is completing the expansion and modernisation works that will double the current offer of flights connecting us with all the main European cities.”

“Our destination has worked hard to be fully ready to show a new, more dynamic and modern face, maintaining the essence of a traditional but exotic destination in southern Europe.”

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