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January 29, 2015

Puerto Rico’s Groups and Convention Business Starts Strong for 2015




A total of 71 groups will come to Puerto Rico during February and March for meetings, conventions and conferences, boosting the local economy, Milton Segarra, president & CEO of Meet Puerto Rico, announced today.

Winter, Segarra said in a statement, is high season in Puerto Rico, adding that the 71 groups conducting their events in Puerto Rico represents an estimated total of 34,972 nights resulting in a $20 million direct impact on the economy.

In February, the peak high season month, Puerto Rico will host 42 groups for a total of 13,466 room nights resulting in an economic impact of $8 million. Select groups holding their winter meetings here include:  Council of Landscape Architectural BOD Meeting, Young Democrats of America, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Meeting and the American Board of Opticianry and Contact Lens Examiners.

March will close with 29 groups for an estimated 21,506 room nights and an impact on the local economy of $12 million overall. Groups include the Associated General Contractors of America 96th Annual Convention, the Fourth Convention Sales of Telefónica SA, the Oregon Academy of General Dentistry Meeting, and the Yale University- School of Medicine Staff Training.

"One of the trends that continues to remain true is that this segment, the meetings and conventions delegate, wants to experience the destination beyond the meeting room," Segarra said. "Delegates attend conferences and conventions for business purposes, but they also want to come away knowing they’ve really been somewhere different." Visitors can tour Old San Juan, try local restaurants, visit historical sites or relax beachside. 

In Puerto Rico, one in four rooms occupied in hotels that can accommodate large-scale meetings belongs to the groups and conventions segment.


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