Kursaal Conference Centre in San Sebastian: Record in conference turnover

Kursaal Conference Centre in San Sebastian: Record in conference turnover

2011 has once again been an exceptional year at Kursaal Conference Centre in terms of conferences, with a record in conference turnover – for the second year running – with the financial year also including growth in their sizes, which reached an average of 619 attendees.

The magnitude of the conferences held last year, despite the fact that the number of them has fallen to 23 from 30 in 2010, was the decisive factor in beating the turnover record. It should be remembered that in 2011, Kursaal played host, among others, to IPAC (The International Particle Accelerator Conference), which brought together 1,200 scientists from all over the world at Kursaal Centre; to the ESCOP conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology organised by the BCBL – The Basque Centre on Cognition, Brain and Language (1,000 delegates); and to the fifth conference in Spain on the European Union’s Seventh R&D Framework Programme (700 attendees).

To the positive turnover figure, which reached 4.2 million euros and represents a 7.9% increase on the figure forecast in our objectives, we should add a cash surplus of 825,865 euros, which comes as a result of the activity of the conference centre generating a financial impact within the region of 53 million euros during 2011. As in previous years, we should emphasise that the surplus is a real milestone, as it means that the self-financing that the centre has achieved since its opening is maintained.

Away from what is strictly economic, we should mention that in the 2011 financial statement a record was reached in terms of client satisfaction, with an average score of 8.6 out of 10, as well as the fact that the Managing Director of the Kursaal Conference Centre has been elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the IACC (International Association of Conference Centres).