Puerto Rico kicks off summer with new developments, restaurants and its ever-rich “only in Puerto Rico” activities that make every meeting memorable and productive. With more than 1.3 million square feet of meeting space, more than 15,000 guest rooms throughout the Island, and a world-class convention center, Puerto Rico continues its emergence as one of the most sought-after meeting destinations offering delegates a distinctive and memorable experience.
Home to the Caribbean’s largest and most technically-advanced convention center, the big news is District Live!—a five-acre hospitality and entertainment district being built by a partnership between Island Hospitality Partners with the Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority located adjacent to the Puerto Rico Convention Center. Anchoring District Live! will be a new 6,000-seat concert venue opening early 2019. The 105,000-square foot facility will host events, concerts, banquets, festivals, award ceremonies and corporate events—even a unique urban attraction created by renowned “zip line” operators Toro Verde.
Puerto Rico’s more than 15,000 rooms offer a wide variety of offerings for any meeting or incentive. Updates include the opening of El San Juan Hotel (Curio Collection by Hilton). The 388-room, 22 suites hotel, reopened after a $65 million redesign, including a new beach club and its new restaurant, Aquarelle, serving French-Caribbean cuisine. AC Hotel opened in the heart of Condado District and features 233 rooms with a stylish contemporary European style, a rooftop deck, bar and pool.
Puerto Rico’s sweet and savory offerings run from local treats of pasteles, tostones, lechón, and mofongo to fine dining rivaling major cosmopolitan cities. Check out open air Lote 23 in Santurce. In Old San Juan, Casa Cortés is known for chocolate delights. Cinema Bar 1950 is the only place in Puerto Rico where local favorites are enjoyed with a film. Marmalade offers healthy vegetarian farm-to-table, organic and raw food.
Puerto Rico has some of the best shopping for groups from malls to unique shopping districts, from luxury designer fashions in Condado, to handmade artisan goods in Old San Juan. Two popular areas are the Mall of San Juan, a state-of-the-art, enclosed mall, offering dining and entertainment, unique retailers and a children’s play area. Another is the Plaza Las Américas, with more than 300 stores, more than 40 dining alternatives and a concierge service center.
Meetings are team building opportunities at ToroVerde and Casa Bacardi. Toro Verde is an Ecological Adventure Park, the first of its kind in the Caribbean offering the longest zip line in the world, hiking trails, suspension bridges, and, rappelling. Casa Bacardi Distillery Tours showcase 150+ years of Bacardi’s history. Attendees participate in Rum tasting and mixology classes to learn the attributes of the finest rums within the Bacardí portfolio and how to prepare legendary cocktails such as mojitos.
Puerto Rico continues to add top-quality products to accommodate large citywide conventions, as well as new luxury properties to address a growing market. The island continues to innovate and differentiate the brand with unique offerings to its visitors.