In 1965 the Cabildo de Gran Canaria founded the first trade fair institution of the Canary Islands: Infecar. The fairground was inaugurated in 1966 with the first edition of the Atlantic Fair and was the work of architects Fernando Cavestany and Manuel de la Peña. Since then and until today, it has been a key element in the economic development of Gran Canaria, in particular, and of the Canary Islands, in general.
The inauguration on March 15, 1966 of what was officially called the Spanish Atlantic Fair marked the beginning of our history. In the Spain of that time, our island was chosen as the commercial showcase for the African countries that had just been born in the decade of the decolonization of the continent. It was the first fairground and the first trade fair, in the modern sense of the term, in the Canary Islands. According to the balance made by the executive committee of the Fair and according to the press of the time, in the first edition, which lasted from March 15 to 30, 1966, there were 320,000 visitors, in an enclosure of 36,000 square meters and 272 exhibitors.
From that first moment, Infecar has been a space of social and economic development for the society and the business community of the islands, reinforcing its links not only with Africa but also with Latin America. Our privileged location and the improvements made over the years have made the venue a state-of-the-art facility, suitable for the organization of fairs, events and congresses of any kind.
On July 3, 1994, the Gran Canaria Conference Center, designed by architect Félix Juan Bordes Caballero, was inaugurated. Since then, it has complemented Infecar's activity with facilities that are more suitable for congress activities with a physical space of more than 7,500 square meters.
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