The report of the Spain Convention Bureau (SCB) states that last year our country hosted almost 5,000 congresses that represented just over 6,100 million euros in turnover, 3.38% more than in 2016 and moved around 1.3 million people, 17.93% more than last year. These figures allowed Spain to surpass for the first time the figure of 6,000 million euros of turnover, a figure that places us as the fourth country in the world in this sector, behind the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom. It should also be noted that in 2017, almost 25,000 meetings were held in the cities associated with the BCS, a slight decrease (-0.61%) over the previous year. The entity, which depends on the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), currently has 56 congress destinations that represent 85% of the Spanish MICE offer.

In this report, Madrid and Barcelona continue to lead the country in terms of the number of conventions, with 43% of the total between them, while 28% is distributed among medium-sized cities (it should be remembered that Barcelona was the city in the world that hosted the most international congresses last year, while Madrid ranked seventh, according to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

One in three events is held in a conference centre
The medical and health meetings are the most important sector of the congresses. They represented one in five events (21% of the total), closely followed by economic and trade conventions, which accounted for 20%. As for seasonality, the Spain Convention Bureau report details that the congress season has been extended to seven months, with May, September, October and November as the months most in demand by the organisers.

In addition, the report concludes that one in three such events is held in conference centres (32.5%) and that the majority of participants are accommodated in four-star hotels. The report was presented in the framework of the General Assembly of the Spain Convention Bureau held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a destination that its own mayor stressed that it should focus on this type of sector, that of meeting tourism that is of interest to cities and that it is necessary to continue to focus on its growth in a coordinated manner, creating a network between cities.


Monday July 23rd, 2018
Asamblea General SCB MICE España

Spain ranks fourth in the world in congress tourism

The report of the Spain Convention Bureau (SCB) states that last year our country hosted almost 5,000 congresses that represented just over 6,100 million euros in […]
Friday July 6th, 2018

An international congress will bring together in Galicia the best cultural, ecological and pilgrimage routes from the five continents

The management model of the Way of St. James in the Community will focus several of the reports of the biannual meeting of the World Trail […]
Wednesday November 15th, 2017

The second edition of Fairway approached in a global and transversal way the phenomenon of the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago bringing together the agents and professionals who work around its routes

The Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions of Galicia lived from 12 to Tuesday 14 an event that summed congress, fair and workshop with international tour operators […]
Thursday October 26th, 2017
Ibernáutica 2017

Baiona will host in November the second edition of Ibernáutica oriented towards sustainable tourism

The Royal Mount Yachts Club of Baiona, the Maritime Club of Vigo and Asmar, with the support of the General Secretary of Tourism of the Xunta […]