The Auditorium and Theater Foundation of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which manages the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, the Pérez Galdós Theater and the Palace of Congresses of the Canary Islands, ended 2018 with a positive balance of activities as these spaces recorded the largest number of offerings of their career, a total of 410 functions of shows and 170 congresses, meetings, conventions and other meetings. Data reaffirm, according to the Auditorium and Theater Foundation in a statement, the commitment of the institution in the promotion of cultural activity and the increase of the presence of its activity in society, as well as the prestige and positioning of the Auditorium, the Theater and the Congress Palace to host all kinds of celebrations and events.
The celebration in 2018 of 580 events that have welcomed 274,124 people, combining the cultural activity itself, with congresses, meetings, conventions and other meetings, along with guided tours and exhibitions that have been held throughout year. This means an increase over the previous year, more than 30% in the number of events (in 2017 444 events were held) and an increase of 28,092 people who attended the different proposals of the Teatro Pérez Galdós, the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium and the Congress Palace of the Canary Islands.
By areas, in 2018 the public attending cultural activities (concerts and shows) amounted to 206,329 people, which means an increase in 9.8% Over the previous year. On the other hand, those attending congresses, meetings, conventions and other meetings have reached the figure of 51,923 people, that is, an increase in 19.8% Over the previous year. Finally, people who visited the Auditorium and the Theater to enjoy guided tours or attend exhibitions came to 15,872 in front of 14.922 of 2017, which again assumes an upward trend with an increase of 6.4% over the previous year.
The Average occupation of concerts and shows reached 84% of the capacity placed on sale (compared to 76.5% in 2017), which shows the public's support for the Foundation's offer. This consolidation of viewers is based on the new lines of programming adopted since 2016 by the heads of the Foundation and on the diversification and better use that is being made of the available spaces that allow us to program different offers and formats at the same time. Simultaneously. It also influences the consolidation, the fact of having a stable programming and its definition by cycles.
If we compare the activity and the number of events since the beginning of the Auditorium and Theater Foundation in 2013 until 2018, the figures have experienced a growth of 147.9%.
In the same way, the Canary Islands Conference Center consolidates its high activity in 2018 in the organization of congresses, meetings, conventions and other meetings, with more than 170 events of different themes and subjects that housed the different rooms; in front of the 133 events that took place in 2017. Without doubt, the Palacio de Congresos is a key asset for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the island of Gran Canaria to position itself as one of the preferred destinations for the congress public. The magnificent range of services and accommodation capacity; as well as the good climate enjoyed by the city throughout the year, are important reasons to become a benchmark for congress tourism.