The Spanish King, Felipe of Spain, presided over celebrations the centenary celebrations of the Feria Valencia.
Feria Valencia is the oldest venue in event organising, having been built in 1917. It also boasts the largest exhibition area in Spain and is among one of the ten largest in the world.
In 1917, the fair hosted 148 commercial stands for a broad range of products including automobiles, plants, machinery and decorative items.
In the present-day, Feria Valencia organises more than fifty trade fairs.
In his speech, King Felipe congratulated the Feria Valencia for its centenary and highlighted the important role that the fairs Valencia organises has in growing and boosting the economy. He pointed out the organisation’s great capacity of adapting and overcoming the new and constant challenges that the future of the economy brings. In Spain, small and medium enterprises make up the majority of the business economy. The aggregation role of fairs like Feria Valencia is fundamental to the growth of such businesses as they bring about new markets and access to the international business world.
King Felipe also emphasised that the fairgrounds of Spain are the “basic pillars of commercial promotion.” He stressed that the “human dimension, personal and face-to-face contact” these economic fairs offer is unique and something that technology “can not replace.”
King Felipe added: “It is fair to highlight and recognise once again the role entrepreneurs play in society as a whole, through the creation of jobs and the generation of wealth.”
The president of Fair Valencia, José Vicente González, also spoke at the event. He said while one must “remember the past” they now have to “look to the future. He added: “Some doomsayers that that with the emergence of Internbusinessnss fairs were finished, but they were wrong. There is nothing that can replace personal contact.”
Feria Valencia hosted 40,000 different brands and five million visitors. “It is a business that continues to work but adapting it to modern times.”