Emiliano García: "The venue has won seven bids in 2021 worth over €250,000"
The Valencia Conference Centre celebrates its 23rd anniversary, which coincides with the end of its first major four-day international congress
The municipally-owned venue has suffered over the past year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but has continued to make progress in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and it is working to certify the venue as being carbon neutral. The building reopened its doors exactly one year ago, hosting on-site and hybrid events. Emiliano García, the Centre’s Chairman, explained that “over the past 12 months, the safety protocols and technological projects that have been implemented have helped conference organisers regain their confidence in face-to-face meetings. The venue has hosted around fifty events attended by over 20,000 people, maintaining 66% of the activities planned prior to the pandemic”.
In 2021, the positive evolution of the pandemic and the vaccination programme have also led to progress at commercial level. García pointed out that the Conference Centre “has won seven new bids worth over €250,000”.
This positive trend has also manifested itself in the scale of the events included in the latest congress schedule, which has been punctuated in recent months by major national and international events. These included the 43rd UGT Confederal Congress, which brought together 1,200 people over a four-day period, and the EANS Training Course – Vascular, organised by the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies’ Training Committee, with the participation of some 300 delegates from across Europe.
Both have shown that the return to face-to-face meetings is feasible as long as strict Covid measures are taken and that the Conference Centre, as a meeting point for knowledge, has become more accessible to participants who are unable to travel to the venue for different reasons thanks to streaming technology, added the Councillor. These two events also had a major sustainability component, in keeping with the Centre’s strategy, which is based on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meetings featured the use of digital signage and credentials, banner recycling, waste separation, virtual downloading of content for conference participants, a catering service using recycled, compostable material, and healthy gastronomy, to name just a few examples.
Sustainability is at the core of the Centre’s anniversary initiatives
The Valencia Conference Centre’s strategic and operational planning has always embraced sustainability, ever since the venue was built. This has facilitated the interaction between the building and the events held in it, safeguarding nature and the wellbeing of society. Coinciding with its 23rd anniversary, the building has launched an initiative to create a time capsule that contains the wishes and commitments of its stakeholders in contributing to #goal2030 and making Valencia a better, more sustainable destination.