Spain

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Pacific Word Spain applies in-depth local knowledge combined with expertise, energy and creativity to help you to achieve your goals for meetings, incentive programmes, conferences and events. We set up a specific operational committee for each event, taking responsibility for identifying and analyzing its values, needs and goals in order to design your project in a unique, exclusive way.  We have our own production team with a strong creative component, with the goal of offering you the most innovative projects and solutions at all times. Transparent dialogue and communication are the keys of the relationship that we establish with all our clients. We work with partners that apply sustainable practices, which are not aggressive to the environment and are socially and culturally enriching. Pacific World Spain has an international and multi-lingual skilled team of professionals from more than 5 different countries, with deep knowledge of destinations. Every one of our teams is fully committed to achieving the desired results.  After decades in business we have developed deep MICE expertise and unique market knowledge. Our team will supervise your event from start to finish.

Pacific World Spain has a presence in 20 Spanish cities being Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia our MICE excellence headquarters. This presence at each of our destinations enables us to provide a better service to our clients as well as a flexible response to any unexpected hitches. Our team will help you by creating solutions according to the needs of your project, offering advice with sponsoring management, marketing and communication for your meeting, incentive programme, conference or event.

Inspiring Moments: New Perspectives

Meetings: Host an original meeting at an ‘open space’ set up with a flamenco ice breaking session during a convention in Madrid, a CEO meeting in a secret and clandestine gastronomic club in Barcelona or a meeting and a lunch overlooking the F1 Circuit in Valencia.

Incentives: An inspiring team building at Camp Nou (home of Barcelona’s world famous football club) with an ex-trainer from the team followed by a private  group visit to the Sagrada Familia.

Conferences: Host a large congress in a modern conference centre in Madrid followed by a popular Spanish party recreating Spanish traditions and gastronomy.

Events: Launch a product using 3D technology with special glasses for the presentation and turn a bull arena into an exclusive catwalk.

Few countries in Europe can offer such a wide variety of passionate experiences as Spain. From the artistic wonders of world-heritage cities like Seville, Barcelona and Cordoba to the exciting nightlife of the capital Madrid, from the sun-kissed beaches to the stunning diversity of landscapes and local traditions, Spain is a country that has fascinated visitors for centuries. With an excellent climate all-year round, world-famous cuisine and a wealth of cultural and adventure activities, Spain offers an endless variety of options to organize a truly unforgettable experience. Today, Spain is a country that is in constant evolution, investing in the future, while continuing to celebrate its rich and unique past: a creative country that challenges stereotypes and surprises visitors with its innovative and fresh outlook. Spain is a destination that inspires and delights, provoking the passions that help to open up new perspectives.

Over the last decade, Spain has positioned itself as one of the top destinations for corporate travel, with an ever-expanding infrastructure to host meetings, incentive programmes, conferences and events.  The Spanish corporate travel industry now goes beyond the traditional strongholds of Madrid and Barcelona, to incorporate new locations throughout the country. With its consolidated tourist industry—the second largest in the world—Spain has an unrivalled variety of quality hotels and restaurants, which has helped to consolidates its reputation as the place to be for corporate events and incentive programmes. From the main urban centres to smaller, quieter towns and cities, coastal areas or more isolated spots high up in the mountains, the huge variety of options that exist in Spain means you can find the perfect setting for any type of meeting or event. 13 World Heritage cities. Spain boasts an unequalled collection of stunning urban environments, from the noble splendours of Salamanca to the old-world charm of Santiago de Compostela. Living history. Imagine holding a gala event in a Gaudí building or a presentation in a 19th Century bullring? Spain is a country where travellers are always surrounded by a fascinating history with enduring appeal. A tradition of hospitality. Despite being the world’s second most popular country for tourism, Spain is a destination that is still able to surprise and provide new and unexpected experiences. A great destination to explore. Thanks to decades of investment, Spain now has an infrastructure that is the envy of many European destinations, with high-speed rail links, plenty of international airports and excellent motorways.  Superb hotels and meetings facilities. Spain’s regions compete with each other to attract business travellers, and the result is one of the world’s best selections of high-end hotels and ultra-modern convention centres.

  • When should I travel?
Spain's climate varies from temperate in the north to dry and hot in the south. As it is a big country with varying terrain and altitudes, climate can be extremely distinctive from one corner to another. Overall, the coastal regions in the South and Eastern parts of Spain are excellent to visit all year round thanks to the Mediterranean climate (mild temperatures and long days). Northern Spain generally experiences colder temperatures than the South, while Central Spain stays hot and dry due to its location on a plateau. The best time to visit depends on the region and type of travel experience you’re seeking. For a beach vacation, the best months for guaranteed sunshine are June to August. Naturally, these are also the busiest months for tourism along the coast and on the Spanish islands, so be prepared for high prices and crowds. If you’re looking to escape the crowds, head inland to cities like Seville, Madrid and Granada where temperatures are sizzling but streets are empty. The shoulder season for travel in Spain is usually late spring and autumn: from April to end of May and October to November. These are when tourist destinations are least crowded and weather is still pleasant. January to February is the best time to ski, as snow is ample and the sun is shining. Especially in the Sierra Nevada, the sun can be quite overwhelming even in the snow – come prepared with snow goggles and sunscreen.

  • Is it safe to travel and are there places to avoid?
Spain is generally a pretty safe country. The main thing to be wary of is petty theft (which may of course not seem so petty if your passport, cash, travellers cheques, credit card and camera go missing). Most visitors to Spain never feel remotely threatened, but a sufficient number have unpleasant experiences to warrant an alert.

  • What money should I take?
The currency is the Euro (EUR). MasterCard/Cirrus and Visa/Plus are accepted in nearly all ATMs, which are common throughout the country. These credit cards can generally be used outside main towns and cities, although cash is your safest bet. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard/Cirrus and Visa/Plus are accepted in nearly all ATMs, which are common throughout the country. There are usually at least one bank and ATM in each village. Traveller's cheques are disappearing from use fast, and it's far more convenient to travel with credit cards these days. Nevertheless, you can still change them in main bank branches and exchange bureaux, and they are accepted in major hotels. It is advisable to bring them in sterling or dollars as there have been increasing reports of Euro cheques being refused.

  • What language will they understand?
The official language is Spanish (Castilian). Other languages spoken in the first language in Spain include Euskera (in Basque Country, northeastern Spain), Catalan (in Eastern Spain, with variations spoken in Valencia and the Balearics) and Galician (in the northwest). There are also various regional dialects, but you’ll have no problems getting around Spain with knowledge of Castilian Spanish. English is not commonly used, so be sure to pick up some basic Spanish words before your trip.

  • How about my health?
Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals, although basic health insurance is not essential. If suddenly ill or involved in an accident during a visit to Spain, free or reduced-cost necessary treatment is available for all nationalities. You just need to show your passport. However, keep in mind that the Spanish emergency services staff may not speak English, although some do. It is therefore useful to learn basics of the language like numbers and commonly used phrases. In such scenarios, try to be patient and speak as clearly as possible. Alternatively, look for help on the streets or in nearby shops.

  • Public Holidays

2012
01 January New Year's Day
06 January Epiphany
19 March St Joseph's Day
05 April Maundy Thursday
06 April Good Friday
01 May Labour Day
15 August Assumption
12 October National Day
01 November All Saints' Day
06 December Constitution Day
08 December Immaculate Conception
25 December Christmas Day

2013
01 January New Year's Day
06 January Epiphany
19 March St Joseph's Day
28 March Maundy Thursday
29 March Good Friday
01 May Labour Day
15 August Assumption
12 October National Day
01 November All Saints' Day
06 December Constitution Day
08 December Immaculate Conception
25 December Christmas Day

  • Do I need a visa?
Visas are required for South African passport holders for Spain.

  • Will I need any innoculations before I depart?
No innoculations are required for Spain.