Ibiza Conference centre hosts first international event

September 2nd, 2008 - 2:00 pm Posted in ibiza news, santa eulalia | Comments (0)

Under the watchful eyes of Balearic Islands Minister President Francesc Antich (Social Democrats, PSOE), and countless numbers of travel agents and journalists from Spain and abroad, the conference centre in Santa Eularia, Ibiza held its first international event on 19th September.

Santa Eularia’s mayor Vicente Marí and Island Council president Xico Tarres used Antich’s presence and that of the Balearic Island Minister for Tourism, Francesc Buils, to encourage them to finance the second phase of construction for the conference centre in the 2009 budget. However, the two politicians from Palma didn’t make any definitive statements with regard to this request. Antich said, “We should all continue to work together to press ahead with the project, but it won’t be easy to secure financing for the second phase.”

ibiza conference centerMinister for Tourism Buils said the conference centre was a good example of how Ibiza can be made Conference centre hosts first international event more attractive to high quality tourism. A study by the Balearic Islands Ministry for Tourism shows that Ibiza attracts just 5.1 percent of all conference visitors to the Balearic Islands. Buils commented, “Ibiza still has a lot of potential in this area.”

While Ibiza is focused on the financing and marketing of the conference centre, visitors to the Biennale of Architecture, running until 23rd November in Venice, were impressed with the architecture of the new centre. The Spanish Ministry of Housing used the conference centre, designed by architects Jesús Ulargui and Eduardo Pesquera, as the representative object for the Spanish pavilion at the Biennale.

Ulargui was quite pleased, saying, “This isn’t just an honour for the architects. The appointment also speaks highly of the municipal authorities in Santa Eularia who were bold enough to open the project to an international call for submissions.”

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