The AFE faces the programming of the fairs in 2022 with optimism

General news
  • The celebration of FITUR and other fairs planned in different Spanish cities invite optimism among the members of the association.
  • The AFE has approved the annual accounts, the activities scheduled for the year and has ratified the integration of three new partners.
  • The association will celebrate its next congress in July, in Malaga, together with that of APCE.
  • The application of strict security protocols allows fairs to be held, guaranteeing the safety of exhibitors and visitors

The Association of Spanish Fairs (AFE) has held its General Assembly in Madrid taking advantage of the celebration of FITUR, International Tourism Fair, as usual.
The members of the association have reviewed the activities of 2021 and have approved the annual accounts and the budget of income and expenses for 2022, as well as the activities planned for this year, including the celebration of the next congress. The Assembly has also ratified the incorporation of three new members, two integrated into the association in the middle of last year, C-IFECA, Consorcio Institución Ferial de Cádiz (Jerez de la Frontera) and IFAB, Institución Ferial de Albacete, of which already Its admission was made public at the time, and another incorporated this same year, EXPOCoruña, A Coruña Trade Fair Institute.

EXPOCoruña was established in February 2008. It is a foundation whose patronage is formed by the Xunta de Galicia (General Directorate of Commerce), the Provincial Council, the City Council and the Confederation of Entrepreneurs of A Coruña. It has an area of ??18,000 m2 of covered exhibition area and about 8,000 m2 outside. It holds an average of 10 fairs a year, as well as congresses, exhibitions, presentations and other types of events.
The president of AFE, Xabier Basañez, has declared “At a time when our sector faces this year with enthusiasm and optimism, we welcome EXPOCoruña. It is always good news to have a new full member in the AFE, which contributes to increasing the degree of representativeness of our association in the Spanish trade fair scene”.
In relation to the programming of fairs for 2022, Basañez has stated "After a year that we consider to be the beginning of recovery, from which we are satisfied for having been able to hold a significant number of fairs, we think that this year there will be a consolidation of the activity and that an ambitious calendar of fairs and events programmed by our partners can be carried out”.
FITUR is the first international fair to be held again in Spain, with the strong support of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and with all the necessary security and prevention measures for the participants. For our sector, it is excellent news that this and other fairs are being held and clearing up any possible doubts that potential exhibitors and visitors may have, given that the fairgrounds have proven to be safe spaces in which health protocols are rigorously applied.
The association will hold its next congress at the Trade Fair and Congress Center of Malaga (FYCMA), from July 6 to 8, together with the congress of the Association of Congress Centers of Spain, APCE.
The Association of Spanish Fairs, a non-profit entity that was established in 1964, has 31 associated members and represents 90% of the fair activity in our country. Trade fairs in Spain generate an estimated annual impact of 13,000 million euros (direct, indirect and induced impact), which represents a contribution to the national GDP of 6,500 million euros and the generation of 123,000 direct and indirect jobs. Spain is among the main countries in Europe in terms of fairs, along with Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom.