Published On: March 4 , 2024|

Valencia Conference Centre shares its best practices in sustainability during the 4th APCE Workshop

Valencia Conference Centre will host the APCE Workshop on 4 and 5 March

  • Valencia Conference Centre brings together members of the Spanish Association of Conference Centres (APCE), alongside representatives of national societies and professional organisations of large conferences.


  • The reduction of inequalities and food sustainability will be two of the projects that Valencia Conference Center will share with the other organisations through unique experiences.

Valencia Conference Centre will host the APCE Workshop on 4 and 5 March. This commercial action will bring together 13 conference centres from all over Spain, as well as members of boards of directors of national associations and professional conference associations and major event leaders. It will represent a unique opportunity to promote the city and the Conference Centre as a venue for upcoming conferences and will be led by Valencia Conference Centre’s Managing Director and recently appointed APCE president, Sylvia Andrés.

The programme designed for this event will allow participants to learn about some of the main initiatives that the Centre is promoting in the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will focus particularly on two areas of work: the minimisation of food waste and social inclusion.

First of all, a round-table discussion on the MagNuS Project will be held. This project, as part of an alliance between the Valencia Conference Centre, the World Sustainable Urban Food Centre of Valencia (CEMAS) and Lluyís Alcanyís Foundation of the Universitat de València, aims to promote advanced sustainable management in the catering sector. The Conference Centre’s catering company, Gourmet Espacios y Eventos, will also participate in this debate, the main conclusions of which will demonstrate the study’s results on measuring waste and its causes, as well as its subsequent minimisation actions. The data obtained can be used to extrapolate these dynamics to other sites, making Valencia Congress Centre an exemplary venue.

The workshop will also showcase another initiative promoted by the Congress Centre that raises awareness among its target public of the need to reduce inequality and open up the workplace inclusion of disadvantaged groups. In this respect, on the second day the participants will have the opportunity to visit the Asindown Foundation’s “La Mare Que Va” hospitality and tourism training centre for people with Down’ syndrome and intellectual disabilities. This centre, located in La Marina de València, will offer a unique gastronomic experience with first-hand demonstrations on how to hold environmentally sustainable events while involving persons with disabilities, a reality in the catering service also offered by Valencia Conference Centre through its strategic partner, Gourmet Catering y Eventos, the 360º driving force behind the ‘La Mare Que Va’ project.

The Chair of the Conference Centre Board of Directors and Valencia City Councillor for Tourism, Paula Llobet, states that “especially in a year like this, when València is the European Green Capital, we must make visible the constant efforts being made to promote the sustainability of our destination. The Conference Centre, where the event will be held, facilitates the promotion of Valencia and the facility itself for holding large conferences, showing how the venue is a real leader in the sector and an example for others to follow”.

The Managing Director of Valencia Conference Centre and President of the Spanish Association of Convention Centres, Sylvia Andrés, says, “besides showing the great attraction of Valencia and the

capacity of the Conference Centre as a specialised venue, the aim is to spread a new, more sustainable way of working, which we are certain will have a very positive impact on our guests.”

The agenda will be concluded with an immersive experience of Valencian traditions and cultures through a visit of the city, coinciding with the month of Valencia’s traditional Las Fallas festivals.

About “La Mare Que Va”

The Asindown Foundation’s “La Mare Que Va” is a hospitality and tourism training centre for people with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities. This Valencian entity, a leader in the development of programmes for this social group, is also a space of business, cultural and social stimulation that allows students to become a part of the private event organisational process in order to put into practice what they have learned over the course of their training. It is also a perfect opportunity to showcase their skills, with the ultimate aim of finding job opportunities in companies of the sector.