The city of Madrid cements its position as a leading destination in Europe. The capital broke the previous record for number of visitors in 2017, when it welcomed a total of 9,316,645 travelers, up 2.74% against 2016, according to data from the Hotel Occupancy Survey conducted by the National Statistics Institute (INE). International tourism continues to show growth (+8.19%) that exceeds that of domestic tourism, with a notable increase in tourists from the Ibero-American and Chinese markets.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has chosen Madrid as the location of its new global headquarters. It already managed the region of Europe from the city, a base from which it will now also manage the regions of North America, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and part of Asia. From the Spanish capital, the association will control the operations of its 280 airlines, representing 83% of global air traffic, as well as those of 50,000 travel agencies and cargo agents.
February is the month for art in Madrid. The capital will host the ARCOmadrid International Fair, which gathers together the latest offerings in the international contemporary art market, thanks to the participation of 211 galleries from 29 different countries. There will also be other events, like Flecha, a contemporary art fair devoted to freeing up commercial spaces for art, the JUSTMAD emerging art fair, Art Madrid, a contemporary art fair focusing on emerging artists and the historic avant-garde, the URVANITY contemporary urban art fair, the Hybrid International Emerging Art Fair of Madrid and Drawing Room Madrid, a festival devoted to modern drawing.
The Madrid Destino Tourism Department has signed a collaboration agreement with the Hotel Business Association of Madrid (AEHM) for the purpose of organising the second edition of Madrid Hotel Week, to be held from 5 to 11 November in hotel establishments and institutions around the capital.
Madrid Design Festival – The capital hosted the first edition of this festival, which aims to make Madrid a leader in international design through disciplines like architecture, graphic design, interior design and communications. Its program includes 200 activities, with over 320 professionals taking part.
Warhol. Mechanical Art – CaixaForum Madrid, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018, is hosting the exhibition Warhol. Mechanical Art. The most important retrospective on the artist held to date in Spain gathers together some of the Father of Pop Art’s most iconic works, such as the Campbell’s soup cans, the portraits of Marilyn and the Brillo soap pad boxes.
Chinese New Year – The city of Madrid will usher in the Chinese New Year with a comprehensive cultural and leisure program showcasing the traditions of the Chinese community. Music, workshops, parades, routes and artistic interventions are some of the activities planned by the Chinese Embassy in Spain and the City Council’s Department of Culture, which will take place in the neighborhood of Usera.
International Festival of Magic – The world’s top magicians will perform at Teatro Circo Price. From 14 February to 11 March, the International Festival of Magic will offer utterly spectacular acts in two shows: Close-Up Magic and the International Stage Magic Gala.
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