The city of Valencia has many fine qualities, making it one of Europe’s top conference, tourism and business destinations. It is the third largest provincial capital in Spain, with close to one million inhabitants. Its modern communications network, with Manises International Airport, an extensive rail network, large road and motorway network, and one of the largest ports in Europe, makes it easy to get to from anywhere in the world. Because of its exceptional location on the Mediterranean and economic and cultural dynamism, Valencia is playing an increasingly more prominent role among major European cities.
Feria Valencia is the oldest trade show organisers in Spain. Founded in 1917, it has been operating for over 90 years. It offers the largest and one of the most modern trade show venues in Spain, as well as one of the ten largest in the entire world. 231,000 m2 of covered exhibition space located five kilometres from the city centre. In 2009, Feria Valencia held more than 40 events, half of which were international. In the past year, Feria Valencia has received a total of over 1,300,000 visitors from throughout the world, with more than 12,000 exhibitors taking part in its events. Feria Valencia is the first Spanish fairground to receive ISO 9002 certification from AENOR (Spanish acronym for the Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification). It has also received the Q AFE quality certification from the Spanish Trade Fair Association. Feria Valencia is a co-founder of the UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry), the AFE (Spanish acronym for the Spanish Trade Fair Association) and the MTFA (Mediterranean Trade Fairs Association).