Madrid is a lively city, full of people and activities, where thousands of events related to culture, sport, and leisure, but also to business and trade, are celebrated each year. In fact, the so-called business tourism has turned the city into a top 10 global destination for the organisation of fairs and conferences.
The Spanish capital city has a number of venues to host different kinds of events, both outdoors and indoors. One of the most active fairgrounds is IFEMA. The Trade Fair Institution of Madrid has been staging commercial events and conferences on different sectors for three decades now. Its 12 pavilions, 2 auditoriums, 85 rooms and 2 catwalks witness an average of 500 events a year. Among the major yearly events hosted by IFEMA, FITUR is highlighted. It is one of the most important tourism fairs in the world; this year over 250.000 participants from 200 countries/regions were there. The next edition will be held in January 2020. It is also worth visiting the International Contemporary Art Fair, ARCO, which is usually held in late February and gathers collectors, galleries, curators and art professionals from all over the world. Other relevant international events include Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, which takes place twice a year, and the International Exhibition of Technology and Educational Innovation (SIMO EDUCACIÓN), where more than 200 leading companies will present their innovations in education and digital content in November.
If you are in Madrid and you would like to visit IFEMA, you can check the Website calendars to find events due for the remaining months of 2019 (Fairs, Conventions) and for 2020 (Fairs, Conventions). It will take you about half an hour to travel from Génova 5 to the fairgrounds either by car or using the public transport. And if you are looking for a place to stage your own event, the same Website provides information on available spaces and the corresponding fares. Other usual venues for fairs, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and product presentations include the impressive Caja Mágica, the versatile Palacio de Cibeles, Faro de Moncloa (featuring spectacular views) and several facilities in Casa de Campo; all these venues are operated by the municipal company Madrid Destino.