Concepts such as sustainability, the environment or social value will be key in the design of future strategies, solutions and services to promote mobility and tourism worldwide after the pandemic.
With this in mind, the responsible management model of Palma Congress Centre is committed to a more sustainable, qualitative and inclusive tourism, and understands that sustainable events not only seek to reduce their environmental footprint, but also generate a positive impact, both in the economic field, knowledge development, innovation or business competitiveness.
For this reason, since its opening in 2017, the Palma Congress Centre aims to be a benchmark for innovation and sustainability in the international tourism industry, aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. That’s why it’s working in several areas such as enhancing the employability of vulnerable people in society, promoting measures to advance in the circular economy, combatting climate change or providing access to quality social and leisure events.
In the last year, the Covid pandemic did not put a stop to its environmental commitment, and instead it continued to reinforce it with its participation in the “Finhava” circular hotel project run by Tirme, the Palma waste management company. Through this project, the organic waste collected at the convention center and the hotel is converted into ecological compost which is then delivered to local farmers to be used to help grow sustainable produce. This produce is then purchased from the farmers by the hotel and Convention Centre (representing a total of 3,828 kg of food in 2021), thus achieving a circular process within the local economy.
This and other actions aimed at energy efficiency and better management of natural resources allowed the Palma Congress Centre to reduce its environmental footprint per stay by more than 51%.
Eco-Meet is its responsible management programme for major meetings and events, allowing the application of sustainable criteria and carbon-footprint measurements for each event. It uses products that have a reduced environmental impact, emphasises efficiency in our use of energy and water, supports sustainable mobility, and offers healthy and local dining options.
The building was designed using sustainable and energy-efficient construction criteria and only uses renewable energy. It has efficient lighting systems and monitors its energy and water consumption through the Co2perate programme, using artificial intelligence to improve efficiency and reduce consumption.
Palma Convention Centre is also committed to an inclusive and local supply chain. That’s why it works with more than 200 local suppliers and promote local cuisine in its food and beverage services. As a result of the global commitment by Meliá Hotels International, the Palma Convention Centre does not use any single-use plastic.
The Centre has several charging points for electric vehicles and electric bicycles and scooters for rent to help guests get around the city. Palma has an extensive network of bike lanes, perfect for getting around the seafront promenade area, between the hotels, the Convention Centre and the city centre. We also encourage the use of public transport to reach our facilities from the city or the airport, the latter only 15 minutes away on the A1 bus.
The XXXIV GEDET Meeting, the Spanish Cosmetic and Therapeutic Dermatology Group of the AEDV (Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology), will take place in Palma on 5, 6 and 7 October 2023.
As the year progresses into its final quarter, the Palma Congress Center is poised for an exciting period ahead, anticipating a surge in activity thanks to more than 20 events scheduled during this period, including five major congresses.
Autumn attracts a large number of cyclists to Mallorca, where there is an incredible variety of opportunities to explore the island by bike, as well as an infrastructure developed to meet the needs of cyclists at all levels.