London Southside Chamber of Commerce

Phone: 020 8677 6719

Valencia & "Las Fallas"

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - Sunday, March 20, 2011

Located on the Mediterranean coast, Valencia is Spain's third city - after Madrid and Barcelona and the Valencia Region is Spain's second largest exporter, accounting for 10.7% of all Spanish exports and 8% of all imports.

Over 90% of businesses are sole traders or employ fewer than 10 employees and the majority of firms in Valencia itself are family-run. The region has a population of just under 5 million and a GDP of 94,921 million Euros.  Some 67% of the economy is service related and the UK is currently fifth largest exporter to the region.

There was a reception at the Valencia Chamber of Commerce, where members had the opportunity to meet complementary Spanish businesses, learn how they operate in the local economy and develop some useful on-going links.

Our visit coincided with a unique event, which must be one of the craziest fiestas in Spain. Valencia's population of just over 1 million swells to an estimated three million revellers for the spectacular Las Fallas celebrations, marking the arrival of spring. The festivities all took place in the centre of the Old Town, where our hotels were located


£398 pp in twin/double room in Hotel Sorolla Centro (3*)
£503 pp in single room in Hotel Sorolla Centro (3*)
£350 pp in single room in Hotel Continental (2*)


• Direct Return Flights London - Alicante
• All airport and local taxes
• Hotel stay with breakfast in Valencia city centre
• Business meetings and individual appointments as   required



Gerry MacDonagh  on 07958 584479 or email:

For further details see below


Thursday 17th March
06:45am                                                                      Departure London Gatwick for Alicante with Easyjet

10:30 pm 
Arrival Alicante; private coach transfer to Valencia city centre hotel. Then an opportunity to relax, explore Valencia with its museums and other cultural attractions, and enjoy  the Fiesta

Friday 18th March Chamber of Commerce reception; individual business meetings as required; a chance to enjoy the Fiesta and continue to explore Valencia

Saturday 19th March Free in Valencia or visit the surrounding area; plus climax of the fiesta

Sunday 20th March Transfer by private coach to  Alicante airport for flight to London.

10:40am Leave Alicante
12:15pm Arrive London Gatwick

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