UN summit moves to Madrid after protest cancellations in Chile

Spanish venue IFEMA Feria de Madrid will host the UN climate summit COP25, after it was cancelled due to protests in Santiago, Chile.

Spain’s Prime Minister offers to rescue Chile’s climate summit

Protests in Chile, which have left 11 people dead as demonstrators clashed with police in Santiago last week, have prompted the country’s President to cancel hosting the COP25 UN climate summit.

IBTM World 2019 announces second keynote speaker

IBTM has announced that Lucy Bloom, award-winning business expert, author and international master communicator, will be the second keynote speaker at IBTM World.

Madrid venue IFEMA to undergo €180m expansion project

Madrid venue IFEMA has announced it will invest €180m into an ambitious expansion project.

Global Ham Congress brings home the bacon in Madrid

Half-congress registrations are part of the new flexible offer for delegates attending this year’s Global Ham Congress at IFEMA-Feria de Madrid. The 10th edition is taking place 17-19 September and registration this year includes free entrance also to Meat Attraction, the leading trade fair for the meat sector. Congress President Julio Tapiador is promising an “engaging” conference programme aimed...

Spain’s first outdoor skydiving simulator opens in Malaga

Spain’s first outdoor skydiving simulator opens in Malaga province on the 1 May 2019, and its management expects it to provide an interesting option for companies looking for fun and exciting activities as part of a conference or event in Andalucia. The equipment was used by Tom Cruise to prepare for his skydiving stunts on Mission Impossible: Fallout, before being brought over to Spain. A skydivi...

The Valencia Conference Centre reports business up a third in 2018

The Valencia Conference Centre’s Board of Directors has reported a rise in business of almost a third last year compared to 2017. The Board was meeting to approve the venue’s annual accounts for the 2018 financial year. According to Sandra Gómez, the Valencia City Councillor for Sustainable Economic Development and Chairwoman of this self-governing municipal body, “the figures submitted consolidat...

International Convention Centre of Barcelona increases turnover by 11.5%

The International Convention Centre of Barcelona (CCIB), managed by GL Events, has broken its previous turnover record, with €37.2m in 2018. The figure represents an increase of 11.5% over 2017, and a 3.1% increase compared to the 2007 record, improving on pre-crisis levels. The CCIB claims loyalty and internationalisation are the reason for the exceptional results. More than 50% of clients return...

RIU Hotels and Resorts to invest $100m in Toronto

RIU Hotels and Resorts has announced the construction of a US$100m hotel in its Riu Plaza urban line, in Toronto. The Spanish company’s investment will establish the first RIU hotel in Canada. Pictured above is the Riu Palace Macao in Bavaro, Dominican Republic. The project is near to completion of its design phase, with the hotel set to open in 2021 in Toronto’s financial district. A mock-up of i...