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GDP:$1.439 trillion

GDP Growth Rate:3.8% (2008)

Spain is currently the 9th largest economy in the world. It is a member of the European Union and serves as a gateway to Northern Africa and to Latin America, with which it shares historical and cultural ties. Spain is home to leading multinational firms such as Telefonica and Santander, fashionable brands such as Zara, and an agricultural heartland famous for wine and olive oil. It attracts the second largest number of tourists in the world, and during the last decade, underwent Europe’s largest housing boom as vacation homes were built furiously. Though the housing market has collapsed in the current financial crisis, Spain’s welcoming Mediterranean climate will continue to lure those looking for a high quality of life.

Featured Itinerary

Many seminars focus on "Doing Business in Spain." These seminars survey Spain's diverse business sectors by visiting a variety of companies focusing on Madrid and Bilbao. With its natural beauty, robust economy and far-reaching cultural influence, Spain is an excellent destination for our travel seminars. As with all GLC Travel Seminars, the itinerary is fully customizable. For example a travel seminar can include a travel component to both Spain and Morocco.

Madrid: Days 1-5

In terms of international business and commerce, Spain is a major center. Its also boasts one of the largest financial centers in Europe and is the largest in Spain. Transport, communications, property, and financial services, as a group generates 51% of gross value added for Madrid’s economy and 62% of gross value added for the services sector.

Business Highlights: Potential Company visits include Real Madrid, Telefonica, Interbrand, IBM, Acciona, European Commission, Real Ekland Institute, Artesania Cuadrado SL, Sumiperla SA, Fashion Import SA and many more.

Cultural Highlights: Royal Palace of Madrid, Teatro Real, Buen Retiro park, National Library, Prado Museum, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Catedral de la Almudena, Palacio Real (Palacio de Oriente), Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas.

Bilbao: Days 6-10

Bilbao is a very successful service city home to companies both of national and international relevance including BBVA and Iberdrola. Bilbao’s strongest sectors are commerce, construction, and tourism.

Business Highlights: Potential Company visits include Guggenheim Museum, Orbea, Bodegas Francisco Casas, Bodegas Ricardo Benito, Villarejo de Salvanes, BBVA, Iberdrola, BSB Publicidad SA , Novalti SA, Frutas Campana SL, Dietinor S.L., Anaiak SA, Comercial Rey-Fer S.L. and many others.

Cultural Highlights: Casco Viejo, Museo de Bellas Artes, Open Air Gallery, Museo Guggenheim, Euskal Museoa, Funicular de Artxanda, Museo Marítimo Ría de Bilbao, Catedral de Santiago, Plaza Circular.

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"The reputation that preceded Madrid defintiely delivered when I visited. What I appreciate most was the opportunity to get to visit companies that showed how Madrid functions economically and not just the tourist side of it, which was great too though!"

      -Kristen Coughlin, Undergraduate Business Student


"A visit to Spain would have been incomplete without a visit to the famed Guggenheim Museum but we got the best of both worlds: company visits and touristy things! I would go again in a heartbeat. Honestly, the trip was extremely well organized and very balanced."

      -Vicky Semenies, Global MBA Student