A Place to Convene
The Puerto Rico Convention Center, which really put the island on
the map for conventions and citywide events, recently celebrated its
10-year anniversary. Located in San Juan on the Isle Grande peninsula, with 600,000 total square feet of space, it is the largest convention center in the Caribbean. The 39,551-square-foot ballroom can
be divided into two and accommodate more than 3,900 people.
“The Puerto Rico Convention Center is truly a multiuse facility
where we host everything from citywide conventions to sporting
events, graduations, concerts, tradeshows, social events and more,”
says Margaret Colon, director of sales and marketing for the convention center.
The exhibit hall, located on the first floor,
offers 157,700 square feet of space, can
hold over 16,500 people and features a
mezzanine suite overlook.
Artwork in the halls and pre-function areas is eye-catching and
uniquely Puerto Rican. The center
partnered with local galleries to
feature art pieces, many of which
were made specifically for the
center’s spaces, and are for sale.
Puerto Rico entices with a mix of forests and fortresses, beaches and Bacardi
No passport required for U.S. travelers, an average tempera- ture of 82 degrees year-round and the U.S. dollar as the currency. One can confident-
ly declare that Puerto Rico offers a pleasant
climate for meetings and conventions.
Despite an ongoing debt crisis facing the U.S. territory, in
which its Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla requested the
U.S. Senate allow access to the same Chapter 9 bankruptcy
protection that U.S. cities and states have to avoid cutting
basic services, meetings business traveling to the island is far
from slowing down, according to Meet Puerto Rico.
As far as the meetings market goes, “July through September has been the best quarter in the last six years,” says Milton
Segarra, president and CEO of Meet Puerto Rico.
The tourism promotion bureau recently laid out its two-year innovation and strategic plan, which includes partnering
with local organizations focused on economic development
BY KATE CRIPE
Puerto Rico Convention Center