Conferences and business incentives are one of the emergent tourism sectors in Granada
Since the Exhibition and Conference Centre was built, communications infrastructure and hotel services have increased in both quantity and quality, necessary to face the great demand from this sector, which brings in great economic benefits for the province. Although not unique, the Exhibition and Conference Centre is the main centre for these sort of events. It is a building with a modern, functional design, located right in the centre of Granada, equipped with the most advanced technology services: videoconferencing via satellite, a digital phone switchboard with a whole range of communication protocols, more than three thousand voice and information connections, closed circuit TV and a simultaneous translation system, to name but a few.
The Centre has nine halls with an overall capacity of 3,560 people, spread over seven levels. The biggest ones are the García Lorca Hall which can held 2,000 delegates, and the Manuel de Falla Hall, which can take up to 560 people. The rest, with less capacity, offer a wide range of possibilities and can adapt to meet the needs of organisers of any event. Together the building’s two “hall” areas have a total area of 3,000 squared metres, ideal for setting up exhibitions and fairs. And the open air Carlos I Auditorium, on the terrace, is perfect for staging night time concerts, cultural activities and gala dinners, since it has a capacity of 1,700 people.
Granada, a member of the European Conference Cities Federation, has acted in recent years to increase the range of facilities it offers this sector. Apart from the Centre, there is also a great range of hotels and centres suited to holding conventions, workshops and symposia in the city and province. From these the most notable are the Fermasa Fairs complex in Armilla and the Manuel de Falla Auditorium. Moreover, many business which specialise in organising conferences also offer secretarial, protocol, conference hostess, translation and press services.
The Centre as stage
The García Lorca Hall, the largest part of the Granada Exhibitions and Conference Centre with a capacity of 2,000 people, is perfect for putting on cultural activities, like concerts, theatre and opera. The hall has magnificent acoustics and a large stage for the main national and international shows every year.