As a venue for business tourism, whether this should take the form of professional conventions, academic congresses, incentives trips or business meetings, Gijón stands out from its competitors for a number of reasons:
The setting… right on the Green Coast of northern Spain, bathed by the Bay of Biscay (known locally as the Cantabrian Sea), the city’s urban beaches and the surrounding countryside are just a short walk –and an even shorter drive– away.
Sustainability… the city has a firm commitment to sustainability and is currently in the process of being recognized as a Biosphere World Urban Destination by the Institute for Responsible Tourism, associated with the UNESCO and the World Tourism Organization.
Innovation… the city now boasts recognition as Gijón Science and Innovation City, a reward it has worked diligently for over a number of years now. Not in vain, its Science and Technology Park, located on what is known as the “Mile of Knowledge”, which also includes the University Campus and Laboral City of Culture, was the first of its kind in Spain to be owned and managed exclusively by local government.
Information and Communication Technologies… through enduring public-private cooperation the city is committed to narrowing the Digital Breach, in the form of new infrastructure and free municipal WiFi hotspots dotted around the city.
Unique venues… such as the Laboral City of Culture, with its varied spaces for holding events including the theatre, chapel, different halls and multipurpose rooms and the 13th floor of its clock tower; the Aquarium, with its backdrop of marine life; the Jovellanos Theatre, right in the city centre, to organize events in a different setting; and El Molinón football stadium, one of Spain’s historic grounds, that has recently opened its doors as an attractive venue with an atmosphere all of its own; not to mention the Convention Centre, set in extensive exhibition grounds and bordered by the park and sea.
Proof of all this is the high levels of “business customer loyalty”, reflected in the high return rate among the different promoters of business and academic meetings that have chosen the city of Gijón to host their events.
That’s why we can truly say “Gijón Business Tourism… Olé!”
*More info: http://en.congresos.gijon.es