Valenccia Meeting Point
Valencia is the Perfect Meeting Point
Valencia is already a highly regarded destination in business tourism. The latest rankings by the ICCA and UIA offer proof, since the city advanced many positions and now finds itself ranked ahead of such cities as Milan, Dublin, Chicago and Toronto.
Valencia perfectly combines its offer of cutting-edge spaces with unique venues of great artistic-historic value where events can be held. One example of contemporary architecture is the Palacio de Congresos (Conference Centre) designed by British architect Norman Foster with a capacity for over 1,480 people in one hall. It celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2008, and unveiled a photovoltaic roof to seal its commitment to environmental sustainability and energy efficiency. Feria Valencia is another reference for its cutting-edge architecture and the comfort and state-of-the-art technology offered in its halls. It occupies a total area of 230,000 m2, 152,600 m2 of which are completely open-plan, and contains 7,000 parking spaces. Its halls can accommodate up to 5,000 people. The Events Centre, now a symbol of the exhibition complex, impresses visitors with its innovative architecture.
The City of Arts and Science, designed by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, is one of the most popular venues for meetings and events due to its design, the capacity of the buildings and the latest technology. Apart from the Príncipe Felipe Science museum, the Oceanographic and the Hemispheric museums, the city boasts the Palau de les Arts, which contains halls for conferences and events in addition to being the city’s leading opera and performing arts centre.
The Agora is the building which put the finishing touch to Calatrava’s work. It is a new space for events with a capacity of more than 5,000 people. The new Valencia football stadium gives the city of Valencia a brand new leisure space where 75,000 people can enjoy concerts, performances, and of course football.
Other stunning buildings in Valencia are the Music and Concert Hall: Palau de la Música, The Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM), and the Valencia Museum of the Enlightenment and Modernity (MUVIM).
As a counterpoint to the avant-garde and modern spaces in Valencia many historic places and typically Spanish country houses are being promoted as unique places to host events and meetings. Business meetings in Valencia can be held can choose from churches, such as the Cartuja del Ara Christi, and museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, to a range of country houses in the heart of the Valencian countryside, such as Campo Aníbal, Huerto de Santa María and Masía de Xamandreu. The Valencia Meetings and Events guide can be downloaded a www.turiENalencia.es, providing full information about places and services available in the city for any kind of meeting. Furthermore, information and useful advice regarding all kinds of events can be found at www.turiENalencia.es/vlcmeetings-events