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8th GHAC - General Information

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Madrid is a south-western European city, the capital of Spain, and the largest municipality of the Community of Madrid. The population of the city is almost 3.2 million with a metropolitan area population of approximately 6.5 million. It is the third-largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin, and its metropolitan area is the third-largest in the European Union after London and Paris.

History of Madrid

The grand metropolis of Madrid can trace its origins to the times of Arab Emir Mohamed I (852-886), who ordered the construction of a fortress on the left bank of the Manzanares River. Later it became the subject of a dispute between the Christians and Arabs until it was conquered by Alonso VI in the 11th century. At the end of the 17th century, a defensive wall was built for the protection of the new outlying areas, tracing the roads of Segovia, Toledo and Valencia. During the 18th century, under the reign of Carlos III, the great arteries of the city, such as the Paseo del Prado and Paseo las Acacias, were designed.


Madrid is a city that comes under the Mediterranean climate. Due to high altitude winters are cooler with periodic snowfalls and dry climate Madrid experiences cooler nights in the summer, compared to the scorching heat of the day. Madrid mountainous regions consist of peaks rising above 2000m. The Madrid community conserves an ecological diversity of the evergreen Holm Oak trees in the low lying plains, in spite of the city having a population of approximately 5 million people. With excellent road links and all the facilities by the tourist board, it makes for an ideal place for the visiting birdwatcher and tourist. Madrid’s average altitude is 650m. Most of the Madrid lies in southern sub-meseta which is comparatively flat than West region. West region rises steeply into the Sierra De of the Sistema Central, with Peñalara which is the highest mountain in Madrid. On the contrary the Province of Madrid is relatively small and situated in the heart of the Spain.


Spanish is the official language of Madrid. However, English is the one widely understood by the tourists. Catalan, Galician and Basque are frequently spoken in the relevant areas.


The Yearly Climate In Madrid. Due to Madrid's high altitude of 650 meters, it experiences quite different temperatures in the summer and the winter. The most pleasant warm weather falls between May and mid July when average temperatures are between 20 and 32 degrees Celsius (68°F - 90°F). Average forecasted temperature for Madrid in October : Low Temperature 9°C 48°F with High Temperature 21°C 70°F

Health and Safety

Madrid, like most other large European cities, has its fair share of petty criminals. Likewise, the tips for avoiding being a victim of petty crime are the same as you will find in most guidebooks. Be vigilant, keep your wits about you, and try not to look too much like a tourist. Be wary of "kind strangers" who offer to help, as they may in fact be thieves. Do not keep your wallet or any important documents in back pockets or other pockets that would be easily accessible to pickpockets, and use a bag or purse that you can close completely (such as with a zipper) to minimize the risk of someone reaching in to take things. Be especially careful in touristy areas such as Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor, and on the metro (subway).

As far as health goes, Madrid does not pose any problems. Tap water is fine to drink and food poisoning, while possible anywhere, is not a big problem. As in most large cities, there is a fair amount of air pollution from cars which may be noticeable for those who come to visit from rural or otherwise less polluted areas.

Internet access

All hotels and most of the restaurants, cafés and public places have a free wifi access.

Facts and Figures

Strange cows occasionally appear on the streets...
Madrid is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe
Romanians are the largest ethnic group in Madrid
Madrid is the highest of all European capitals
Quite all Spanish roads lead to Madrid / The Puerta del Sol / Plaza Mayor area represents the center of the radial network of Spanish main roads, which is why the main motorway exit signs are all numbered by the distance from Sol (rather than, say, 1, 2, 3, 4 etc.).
Madrid has the oldest restaurant in the world
The highest building in the city is Torre Repsol
Real Madrid football club have won more European Cups than any other team


The Euro is the official currency of Spain. The Euro was launched in two stages. First, in January 1999, to become the new official currency of 11 EU Member States, replacing the old national currencies -- such as the Spanish Peseta. It was introduced in the virtual form for bank transactions.


The voltage and type of plug used here. Spain uses the 220V voltage level and a frequency of 50Hz. Check that your electrical appliances will work with this voltage. You may also need a plug adapter. Spain uses plugs with 2 round pins (see image). Plug adapters are available at stores selling electrical goods and at most international airports.

Time Zone

Current: CEST Central European Summer Time
Current Offset: UTC/GMT +2 hours

Important Telephone Numbers

Madrid Telephone area code: +34 91
Emergency Telephone Numbers
- Emergency services in Madrid: 112Madrid Emergency Number Fire
- Madrid City Council Information : 010
- Community of Madrid Information: 012
- 24 hour Chemist: 098
- Madrid and Móstoles: 080
- Community of Madrid: 085
Madrid Emergency Number Police
- National: 091
- Municipal: 092
- Guardia Civil: 062

Melia Castilla

The Meliá Castilla is considered one of the most emblematic hotels in Madrid, with an appealing blend of perfectly balanced classic and contemporary styles, where peace and urban life are accomplices to delight our guests.
The excellent location, a few minutes from Paseo de la Castellana, 15 minutes from Barajas airport and IFEMA exhibition Centre, near Chamartín train station and the Real Madrid Santiago Bernabéu football stadium, makes the Meliá Castilla the perfect choice for your visit to Madrid.


WFP hold no liability for above information, please check with the nearest Swiss embassy or consulate to confirm above information in regard to the visa requirements.

For visits not exceeding ninety days per six-month period, visas are not required for holders of valid passports issued by the following countries or dependencies:

Albania * British subjects (BS) Hong Kong Special Administrative Region New Zealand Serbia **
Andorra Brunei Darussalam Israel Nicaragua Seychelles
Antigua and Barbuda Canada Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) * Northern Mariana Islands (passports from the US) Singapore
Argentina Chile Japan Palau Taiwan
Australia Colombia Korean Republic Panama Tonga
Bahamas Costa Rica Liechtenstein Paraguay Trinidad and Tobago
Barbados Croatia Macao Special Administrative Region Peru United Arab Emirates
Bosnia Herzegovina* Dominica Malaysia St. Kitts and Nevis Uruguay
Brazil El Salvador Mauritius St. Lucia USA
British nationals (Overseas) Grenada Mexico St. Vincent and Grenadines Vatican City
British overseas territories citizens (BOTC) Guatemala Monaco Samoa Venezuela
British overseas citizens (BOC) Honduras Montenegro * San Marino Venezuela
British protected persons (BPP)

Taiwan: only holder of passports which contain identity card number.

* Only when holding a biometric passport. If not, a visa is required.

** Only when holding a biometric passport. If not, a visa is required, excluding holders of passports delivered by KOORDINACIONA UPRAVA.

Holders of Travel Documents issued under the Geneva Convention of July 1951, by the following countries:

Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Crew members of airlines and merchant navy

If you hold a valid residence permit in any of the Schengen member states, you are entitled to re-enter the Schengen area without a visa on production of your proof of residence and your passport.

Under Directive 2004/38/EC and according to Real Decreto 240/2007, 16 February, family members of an EU/EEA national in possession of a valid UK Residence Card specifying its condition as a family member do not require a visa to enter Spain when travelling with the EU/EEA National or joining him/her in Spain. Otherwise, a visa will be still required (Real Decreto 1161/2009, 10th July 2009). For spouses and/or children of Spanish Nationals the above condition applies provided that the marriage and/or birth is registered according with the Spanish Civil Register (original Libro de Familia). Please note, that the UK Residence Permit must state literally that the holder is a family member of an EU/EEA National. If not, a visa is required.

This information applies only to ordinary passports. All other nationalities, not listed above require a visa.

Holders of passports who require a visa to enter Spain:

Afghanistan (1)(2*) Congo Indonesia Mongolia Somalia (1)(2*)
Albania Cuba (2) Iran (1)(2*) Morocco (1) South Africa
Algeria (1) Democratic Republic of Congo (1)(2*) Iraq (1)(2*) Mozambique South Sudan (1)
Angola (2) Djibouti (2*) Ivory Coast (2) Myanmar Sri Lanka (1)(2*)
Armenia Dominican Republic Jamaica Namibia Sudan (1)(2)
Azerbaijan East Timor Jordan (1) Nauru Suriname (1)
Bahrain Ecuador Kazakhstan Nepal Swaziland
Bangladesh (1)(2*) Equatorial Guinea(1) Kenya Niger Syria (1)
Belarus (1) Egypt (1) Kyrgyzstan Nigeria (1)(2*) Tajikistan
Belize Eritrea (2*) Kiribati North Korea (1) Tanzania
Benin Ethiopia (2*) Kuwait Oman Thailand
Bhutan Fiji Laos Pakistan (1)(2*) Togo (2)
Bolivia Frandesspass documents(1) Lebanon (1) Palestine (1) Tunisia (1)
Bosnia & Herzegovina Gabon Lesotho Papua New Guinea Turkey
Botswana Gambia Liberia (2) Philippines (1) Turkmenistan
Burkina Faso Georgia Libya (1) Qatar Tuvalu
Burundi Ghana (2*) Madagascar Refugee Travel Documents (1) Uganda
Cambodia Guinea (2) Malawi Russia Ukraine
Cameroon Guinea-Bissau (2) Maldives Rwanda (1) Uzbekistan (1)
Cape Verde Guyana Mali (1)(2) Sao Tome Vietnam (1)
Central African Republic Haiti (2) Marshall Islands Saudi Arabia (1) Yemen (1)
Chad Hong Kong (when it is not SAR) Mauritania (1) Senegal (2) Zambia
China India (2) Micronesia Sierra Leone (2) Zimbabwe
Comoros Moldova Solomon Islands

(1) This visa will take at least 4 weeks to process. Included in this category are: Palestinians, Refugees and Stateless Persons. Please note that certain documents are not recognised by the Spanish Authorities and are therefore not valid to travel to Spain. These include Certificates of Identity issued by the Home Office, which are not covered by the Geneva or New York Conventions.

(2) An Airport Transit visa is required if the person is not a permanent resident in: Canada, European Union, USA.

(2*) An Airport Transit visa is not required if resident in: Andorra, Canada, European Union, Japan, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, USA, Holders of Diplomatic and Service passports.

The Airport Transit visa will only allow the holder into the International Lounge and will not permit the passenger entry into Spain.

Children of any age holding a valid passport will require a visa.

Delegates are encouraged to stay at the same hotel where the conference will take place “Melia Castilla”. Please contact us or the event organizer to provide you with the conference negotiated best prices.

Melia Castilla

Calle del Capitán Haya, 43, 28020 Madrid, Spain
Tel::+34 915 67 50 00

AC Hotel Cuzco, A Marriott Luxury & Lifestyle Hotel

Paseo de la Castellana, 133, 28046 Madrid, Spain
Tel: +34 915 56 06 00
Distance from Conference: 400 m

Sercotel Apartamentos Eurobuilding 2

Calle de Orense, 69, 28020 Madrid, Spain
Tel: +34 911 54 90 60
Distance from Conference: 550 m

Hotel Senator Castellana

Calle del Gral Varela, 37, 28020 Madrid, Spain
Tel: +34 915 79 97 38
Distance from Conference: 600 m

Hotel 4C Puerta Europa

Calle de Bravo Murillo, 364, 28020 Madrid, Spain
Tel: +34 915 79 60 77
Distance from Conference: 550 m

Exe Puerta Castilla

Paseo de la Castellana, 191, 28046 Madrid, Spain
Tel: +34 914 53 19 00
Distance from Conference: 550 m

Holiday Inn Madrid Bernabeu

Plaza de Carlos Trias Bertrán, 4, 28020 Madrid, Spain
Tel: +34 914 56 80 00
Distance from Conference: 1.4 km

Eurostars Madrid Tower

Paseo de la Castellana, 259 B, 28046 Madrid, Spain
Tel: +34 913 34 27 00
Distance from Conference: 1.8 km

There are several methods to get to the conference venue from Madrid-Barajas Airport

By Car:

By Public transportation:

Madrid public transportation is clean, fast, safe, extensive and efficient. It includes 13 metro lines, more than 170 bus lines (EMT) and 10 lines of Cercanias (local trains that link the city center with the suburbs). In addition, it is very cheap: a single ticket costs only 1.50 €, and if you buy a 10 trips ticket (valid both for buses and the metro, and can be shared by several people) it's €12. There are also tourist passes for unlimited usage during 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 days. You can buy single tickets on buses (cash) or at machines in metro stations (cash or c/c). The same 10-trip ticket (available at metro stations) may be used on the metro system and busses. Within the metro system you may change freely between the various lines using the same ticket. However, changing from one bus to another means that you have to pay each time you change. Be aware that the driver will wait until he hears the sound when you punch your ticket. A few words concerning the ticket machine in the metro stations: they are rather easy to use: choose your language and the touch screen will explain the rest. The machines work with cash, Maestro and Visa Cards.


With 213 stations (and growing), the Metro is very easy to use. Each metro line has a color and a number, and the commuting doesn't take that long. It runs from 6:00 am to 1:30 am. The frequency varies according to the line, the time of the day and the day of the week, but it can vary between 2 or 3 minutes at rush hours to 5 minutes during the rest of the day. At night, trains run every 10-15 minutes. It is not recommended to travel during rush hours (7:30 am to 9:00 am) because trains are very congested.


EMT buses connect downtown with the neighborhoods. The buses are blue, with the exception of those that run on diesel (less then10%), which are red. The new ones use hydrogen. One important feature, especially in summer: they are all air conditioned. They run every day from 6:00 am to 0:00 am, every 5 to 15 minutes. The frequency may vary according to the time and the bus line. The new blue buses also provide a child seat with appropriate seat belts.


Plan to arrive at least 45 minutes before the conference is scheduled to start. This will give you enough time to have breakfast and register.

The conference will start promptly, be sure to be on time.

Collection of Badges

Collection of conference documentation and identification badges will take place on 19th October 2016 from 08:00 to 09:00 at the registration desk adjacent to the conference room in the Foyer area. Participants are requested to wear their identification badge provided at registration at all times throughout the conference.


After each break change your seats to ensure you meet as many people as possible. Sit next to someone you don’t know and introduce yourself. If you are attending with a colleague split up!

You will have the opportunity to meet fellow attendees during the breaks and dinner, make sure you will have enough business cards to be able to network effectively.

Social Event

A free of charge dinner will be served on the 19th October 2016, we hope you will join us in this important social event, it offers a great opportunity to network with fellow attendees in a more relaxed atmosphere.

On the 21st October 2016 a Toledo city tour with lunch from 10 am – 4 pm (delegates are requested to re-confirm if interested in the tour) is organized by the conference and in collaboration with the ministry of tourism.

Mobile Phones

As a courtesy to the Guest Speakers and other Delegates, please turn your mobile phones off, or on silent mode whilst in the conference room.

After the Event / Evaluation Form

You will be given the opportunity to comment on the conference with our evaluation form that will be handed out on the 20th October 2016. We would appreciate your help in completing the form, as it is an important source of information on how we can improve the conference and in what sectors, along with your feedback in regard to our service. In case you forgot to fill this form out, we will send you the evaluation form by email, we really want to know what you think.

Photo Release

From time to time we use participant’s photographs in our promotional material, by virtue of your attendance, you agree to the use of your likeness in such material.


Please wait for the microphone to reach you and state your name and company before asking your question.


Presentation material, pictures and evaluation form from the conference will be available online at the soonest possible after the event ending

For any further assistance or inquires about GHAC, please don’t hesitate to contact our event organizer: Clydewood International Limited: Tel: +962 777 555 288; P.O.Box 93243 QAIA 11104 Amman – Jordan; Email:,​