29 Nov Trade shows in Spain: all you need to know about trade fairs in Spain
FIBES Conference and Exhibition Centre is considered the principal venue in Seville and a leading venue in Spain for trade shows and other MICE events. Since 1989, our team has met some leading event organisers and learnt a thing or two about MICE events in Spain and abroad. The purpose of this article is to share some of our knowledge with you in the form of a simple FAQ page dedicated to trade shows in Spain. If you have a question you’d like answered that doesn’t feature on this page, don’t hesitate to send us your question. Our details can be found on our contact page.
- How many trade fairs take place in Spain each year?
- What are the most anticipated trade shows in Spain in 2018?
- What are the most popular locations for trade fairs in Spain?
- Where can I find information on upcoming trade shows in Spain?
- What amount of space is ideally required for a trade show?
According to figures found on www.statista.com, Spain has hosted on average 266 trade shows every year over the past 8 years. The highest number of trade shows registered in a single year was 377 in 2009. The lowest recorded number was 178 at the height of the economic crisis in 2012. The number of trade shows in Spain has been on a constant rise since 2012.
At the time of publishing this article, we still haven’t entered into 2018. Naturally, a lot of events planned for next year still haven’t been announced, but we can certainly list some of the top most anticipated trade fairs in Spain in 2018.
- Mobile World Congress. The yearly event returns to the University of Barcelona in February 2018. The famous international conference and trade fair brings together delegates from all over Europe and beyond to discuss and showcase the most innovative solutions and initiatives in the world of mobile technology. This leading trade show in Spain for mobile technology also runs the Annual Global Mobiles Awards Ceremony.
- FITUR. Madrid’s International Tourism Trade Fair has become a worldwide reference for the tourism industry, and is one of the largest trade fairs in Spain. The annual event brings together representatives from across the industry including (but not limited to) tour operators, travel agencies, DMC, leisure contractors, etc.
- Barcelona Design Week. The 4-day event returns to Barcelona in June 2018 to showcase the latest trends in graphic design, technology, architecture, urban planning, UX design etc.
- SIMOF, 24 Salón Internacional de Moda Flamenca. We could not resist including one of FIBES’ own events, the annual SIMOF trade show centred around flamenco lifestyle and fashion. Count this as one of the most anticipated events in Seville for 2018 and a leading fashion trade show in Spain.
A cursive review of the main websites listing events in Spain tells us that the following cities are the most popular locations for trade shows in Spain (in order): Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Seville. For more information on the most popular locations for MICE events in Spain, we invite you to read our post on the geographical distribution of conferences in Spain.
There are a number of websites that offer listings for upcoming trade shows and other events in Spain. The more complete listings for Spain can be found at www.tradefairdates.com, www.eventseye.com, www.expodatabase.com, or 10times.com. You can also find a list of upcoming trade fairs in Seville on this website.
We have seen this question a couple of times in forums and in discussions on LinkedIn. This is in fact a trick question, and the real answer can only be that the amount of space you need depends entirely on three factors:
- The total number of exhibitors that attend your trade show
- The average space that each exhibitor requires
- The total number of visitors expected to attend your event
The first and third points seem very obvious factors to consider. Some event organisers will need to pay particular attention to the second factor. Standard exhibitor spaces come in various sizes, usually starting at 3x3m and ranging up to 10x10m and even more for premium exhibitor stands. It isn’t uncommon for industrial trade fairs to require even larger space for companies to exhibit machinery and similar large devices. You should pay attention to the needs of your average exhibitor to calculate how much exhibition space you will need for your trade show. Ideally, your venue should offer several exhibition spaces of varying sizes and formats for you to choose from, depending on the size of your event. For this reason, FIBES counts multiple exhibition halls and spaces ranging from 678m2 to 7,200m2 to cater for events of all sizes.
We intend to keep updating this FAQ page on trade shows in Spain when new questions and answers are brought to our attention. If you have any questions regarding trade shows in Spain, and particularly about trade shows in Seville, home of FIBES, please don’t hesitate to contact us.