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May 10, 2018

Honduras Promotes New Convention Center, Unusual Venues




From Copán – with its famous archaeological sites and a convention center set to debut in 2018 – to Roatan, an island offering group activities such as swimming with jaguars and diving: Honduras offers a number of unusual attractions for meeting and event planners. The Honduras Institute of Tourism is working to promote the country to the meetings industry, and has released a roundup of the options available.  

Copán

In mountainous western Honduras lies Copán. With neoclassical architecture and narrow cobblestone streets, travelers can enjoy a picturesque setting 10 minutes away from Copán’s Maya Ruins, regarded as the “Athens of the Maya World.” Travelers can also experience the Honduran Coffee Route, which allows easy access to tours of local coffee farms, or visit the exotic birds at Macaw Mountain Bird Park.

In the heart of town, the 49-room Marina Copán hotel offers capacity for events of up to 120 people. Additionally, in early 2019, Marina Copán Convention Center will open its doors to larger groups, with a capacity of up to 800 guests. The convention center will offer transportation to and from the hotel and will be located just minutes away from the ruins. Aside from the Marina Copán, other hotel options in the area include the Clarion Hotel Copan Ruinas and the Hotel Camino Maya.

San Pedro Sula

Located in the Sula Valley, San Pedro Sula is Honduras’ industrial capital. Guests can visit history and anthropology museums, which detail the country’s transition from pre-Columbian times to today, or experience its natural offerings at Lake Yojoa, a hotspot for adventure seekers and birdwatchers.

San Pedro Sula’s Copántl Convention Center has been recognized as the most modern convention center in Central America by Forbes Mexico. With two floors offering 19 rooms, the space offers capacity for up to 7,000, including 5,000 in an auditorium setting downstairs. It also offers a hotel with 191 rooms. Additionally, there are a number of international hotel franchises in the area, including Intercontinental Real San Pedro Sula and Hilton Princess San Pedro Sula.

Roatán

Roatán is the largest of Honduras’ three Bay Islands. This destination is popular for its proximity to the Mesoamerican Reef – the largest coral reef in the western hemisphere and the second largest in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef. At the capital, Coxen Hole, visitors can enjoy shops filled with souvenirs and experience the island’s culture.

The events center at Pristine Bay Resort is a meeting venue surrounded by the Caribbean. This property has three conference rooms, including a 4,000-square-foot oceanfront room that can host up to 60 people. Meeting planners can create diverse itineraries with plenty of group activity options. The resort is home to The Black Pearl, an 18-hole championship golf course, and located a short boat ride away from the Mesoamerican Reef. Other day time excursions can include a visit to Little French Key, a private island offering horseback riding and an animal rescue center, where guests can swim with jaguars. 

Tela

For meeting planners seeking a location that offers opportunities for attendees to relax, on Honduras’ northern coast is Tela, which is home to the Lancetilla Botanical Gardens. There guests can traverse through a bamboo tunnel and spot exotic birds. Also here is the Jeannette Kawas National Park, as well as Punta Izopo National Park, where visitors can kayak alongside howler monkeys.

In terms of venues, Indura Beach & Golf Resort, part of the CURIO Collection by Hilton, has a conference center that can welcome up to 400 guests. After meetings, attendees can relax at the hotel’s private beach or enjoy one of the most country’s most famous spas, Maina Spa, that offers signature Honduran-inspired treatments like coconut scrubs and Mayan cacao massages.

Planning an Event

Group planners have a number of options for DMO’s in the area that can assist with logistics, such as Kakaw & Sapphire, a full-service destination and event management company and Viaventure, specializing in creating out-of-the-ordinary MICE experiences in Central America. From the U.S., there are direct flights to Honduras from major city gateways including Atlanta, Houston, Dallas and Miami.


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