Meliá Hotels International will open the new Palau de Congressos de Palma (Convention Centre) and its adjoining hotel, Meliá Palma Bay, on April 1st.
It is set to be the best convention centre in the Mediterranean, with the potential to earn Palma a place amongst the top 50 destinations for international congresses and conventions.
In October 2016, Meliá Hotels International was chosen to manage the new Palma Convention Centre.
Last month at FITUR in Madrid, Meliá chief executive, Gabriel Escarrer, committed to open the Convention Centre in April to begin generating business, congress and convention activity for the city.
The project will officially be delivered to Meliá in mid-March, which will allow the company to commence operations.
Both the Palau and hotel will begin operations in April 2017 with a ‘soft opening’.
Designed by the renowned Spanish architect, Francisco Mangado, the Palau de Congressos de Palma is located on Palma’s Paseo Marítimo seafront, just five minutes from the airport, the cathedral and the historical heart of the city, offering spectacular views of Palma Bay.
The idea of continuity and integration with the seafront promenade was considered in the design and construction.
The Palau has stunning views from the foyers and corridors, taking advantage of its privileged location.
Meliá Palma Bay offers 268 rooms which have taken on the wellbeing philosophy of the Meliá brand.
The hotel offers guests facilities to help them relax and meditate.
The rooftop terrace has a swimming pool overlooking the most spectacular bay in the city, as well as an indoor spa and gym.
For the most discerning travellers, Meliá Palma Bay will also have an exclusive service, The Level, within the hotel, providing 53 rooms and a VIP lounge.
Although major conventions are generally planned more than a year in advance, Meliá hopes to attract its first events in May, and to grow in size and activity as projected in the Business Plan.
Ramón Vidal, recently appointed Managing Director of the entire complex commented: “This is one of the most complex pre-opening processes I have seen in my long career, given both the dimension and the quality of the project, as well as the deadlines we have set ourselves by committing to starting operations in April, given that we already have some events booked.
“I am absolutely certain that we will achieve it.”