40 Aniversary

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40 years growing together

40 years ago, in 1978, the Chamber of Commerce and the City Council of Madrid began discussions for the creation of a fair entity in Madrid, which were subsequently joined by the then Provincial Council—today Community of Madrid—and Caja de Madrid.

On 1 December of that same year, the four most important institutions at the time in the capital signed a document of intent that would be developed over the following year.

It was on 6 February 1979 that the Mayor of Madrid and the presidents of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Provincial Council and Caja de Madrid signed the protocol for the creation of the Madrid Fair Institution (IFEMA), making it the first fair organising entity in the Spanish capital.

Today, 40 years later, 100 million visitors and 760,000 companies have participated in the 2,100 fairs held at IFEMA, in addition to more than 10,000 congresses, conventions and other professional and leisure events.

We invite you to participate in this important celebration for us. Thank you for being part of IFEMA.

Our 40th anniversary

40 years with you

IFEMA History

Año 1979
1979
On 6 February, the Mayor of Madrid and the presidents of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Provincial Council and the Savings Bank sign the protocol for the creation of the Madrid Fair Institution (IFEMA).
Año 1980
1980
IFEMA starts its fair activity in the halls of the Casa de Campo and the Exhibition Palace on Paseo de la Castellana. One of the first fairs held were FITUR and SICUR, which are still around today.
Año 1981
 
 
Año 1981
 
 
Año 1981
1981
Only one year after starting its activity, IFEMA reaches the milestone of 18 fairs held at its facilities.
Año 1987
1987
Given the need to increase space to host more fairs, IFEMA begins the development of a new site in the Campo de las Naciones area.
Año 1991
1991
King Juan Carlos officially inaugurates the Juan Carlos I Fair Park, today Feria de Madrid, with eight halls and an office building, in addition to multiple parking spaces.
Año 1996
1996
The first edition of the Madrid Motor Show is held, one of the most popular IFEMA fairs.
Año 1999
1999
IFEMA celebrates its 20th Anniversary with dozens of activities with visitors and exhibitors who visit its facilities every year.
Año 2002
2002
The then-Mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, inaugurates the first extension of IFEMA, with 10,000 m2 of exhibition spread over two halls(9 and 10), and the North Convention Centre.
Año 2004
2004
The remodelling of the Central Avenue of Feria de Madrid is inaugurated, with an investment of €10 million, which includes 800 metres of rolling aisles to join the North and South gates.
Año 2007
 
 
Año 2007
 
 
Año 2007
2007
The remodelling of the Central Avenue of Feria de Madrid is inaugurated, with an investment of €10 million, which includes 800 metres of rolling aisles to join the North and South gates.
Año 2009
2009
The first edition of FRUIT ATTRACTION is celebrated, which will become the second fair for the sector in the world and the fastest growing.
Año 2013
2013
IFEMA begins its international expansion by holding its own fairs abroad, such as SICUR Latin America.
Año 2015
2015
King Felipe and Queen Letizia inaugurate ARCOmadrid for the first time as King and Queen of Spain.
Año 2016
2016
IFEMA diversifies its activity by holding concerts and music festivals in its venues. The Río Babel festival was the first event of this nature that was held at Feria de Madrid.
Año 2017
2017
IFEMA secures its own Metro station. The Campo de las Naciones stop is renamed Feria de Madrid.
Año 2018
2018
IFEMA’s professional activity encourages Madrid to position itself as the number 3 congress city in the world, according to the raking of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).
Año 2019
 
 
Año 2019
2019
The City Council of Madrid awards IFEMA the management of the Municipal Palace of Congresses for 25 years, with an estimated economic impact of the site of more than €300 million.
Año 2019
 
 
Año 2019
2019
Coinciding with the celebration of its 40th anniversary, Ifema announces its ambitious expansion project in Valdebebas, with an area of ​​100,000 square meters and a capacity for 80,000 people.