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In the final four months of the year, the institution has 47 major congresses and trade shows scheduled in a year expected to close with record activity figures

Activity returns to IFEMA facilities with the World Dental Congress, between 29 August and 1 September, sponsored by the World Dental Federation, the first of the events on the IFEMA calendar which is now starting up again and includes another 46 major trade shows and congresses in the last four months of 2017.

The World Dental Congress is one of the oldest health-related events in the world and is held annually by one of the most historic organisations in the medical sector. The congress will host attendees and exhibitors from over 90 countries. Moreover, the event is expected to attract around 350 exhibitors and also to exceed the number of attendees at the 2016 edition, which was 12,000. The attendees will include experts on dentistry, periodontics, endodontics and oral surgery from all over the world. Madrid has been the site of three World Dental Congresses, including one of the first annual sessions in 1903, at the invitation of Spanish doctor Florestan Aguilar, one of the founders of the FDI as well as a former president and secretary-general, who was a federation member for over 30 years.

With this Congress, IFEMA kicks off a new calendar that in these last four months of the year will bring important international congresses to Madrid through the end of 2017. Thus, in the health field, the Medical Oncology Congress organised by the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), in collaboration with the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR), which after its first event in Madrid in 2014, returns to IFEMA from 8 to 12 September, with the participation of 20,000 delegates from all over the world. This will be followed by EAO, the congress of the European Association for Osseointegration, which is holding its 24th Scientific Meeting from 5 to 7 October; SEH-LELHA, the congress of the Sociedad Española de Hipertensión - Liga Española Contra Hipertensión, which has chosen IFEMA for yet another year to hold its 22nd edition from 29 to 31 March; and the 37th congress of SEMI of the Sociedad Española de Medicina Interna, which will bring together Spanish internal medicine specialists from 22 to 24 November. In these three latter events, Madrid will host a total of 8,000 people.

The year finishes with the grand event of the technology giant HP (HP Discover 2017 Europe), which will take place from 28 to 30 November at IFEMA and will bring 12,000 employees to Madrid from all over the world.

In the trade show category, the first event will start this very week with the MOMAD METROPOLIS International Fashion Trade Show from 1 to 3 September. Other important events in this sector will follow, such as MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK MADRID, from 14 to 21 September, and the MOMAD SHOES International Footwear and Accessories Trade Show, from 22 to 24 September. Over these four months, some of the most prominent trade shows on the IFEMA calendar will also be held, like the INTERGIFT International Gift and Decoration Fair, from 20 to 24 September, and the FRUIT ATTRACTION Fruit and Vegetables Trade Show from 18 to 20 October, which will coincide with the start of one of the main new events this year at IFEMA, the Trade Show for the Meat Industry, MEAT ATTRACTION.

In addition, in these four months, IFEMA has scheduled four trade shows abroad: MATELEC, GENERA and SICUR, in its Latin American edition, in October in Santiago, Chile, and MAC FRUIT ATTRACTION CHINA, in Shanghai.

In 2017 IFEMA plans to consolidate the notable growth experienced this past year, with estimated revenue of €112.5 million, the result of a calendar with more than 100 trade shows and congresses and more than 500 events in total. In this sense, the institution has set the objective in 2017 of achieving a total of three million visitors, one million net square metres of activity and 30,000 exhibitors.