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December 4, 2018

Supplier News: New Venues in Punta Cana, Guadalajara




It's been another busy week for new venues in the meetings and events industry.

New Convention Center Headed to Punta Cana

Palace Resorts has broken ground on the new Moon Palace Punta Cana, which will bring a new convention center to the Dominican Republic. The new resort, which is the third property for the company’s Moon Palace brand, celebrated its groundbreaking ceremony with the presence of the Dominican Republic’s President Danilo MedinaMinister of Tourism Francisco Javier García; representatives from the government and legislative branches; executives from Palace Resorts; and VIPs.

The event began with Palace Resorts President and Managing Director José Chapur offering words of welcome to those present, followed by Executive Vice President Gibrán Chapur sharing details of the project.

Moon Palace Punta Cana represents an investment that surpasses $600 million and will generate an average of 5,000 local jobs during the construction phase and over 4,000 permanent jobs once occupancy reaches 95 percent.  The resort is projected to bring in an additional 250,000 potential new tourists per year.

Moon Palace Punta Cana is part of the expansion plan in place for Palace Resorts, a company with over 30 years’ experience in the tourism sector with 11 hotels throughout Mexico and Jamaica. The new resort, located approximately 1,640 feet inland from the coastline, will have 2,149 rooms spread out over 18 floors in a design that will occupy 6 percent of the development’s total terrain. 

Seventy percent of the rooms at Moon Palace Punta Cana will have ocean views, while the balance will face an 18-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman. Designed by interior designer and architect Francois Frossard, the resort will have culinary offerings including 21 restaurants and seven bars. There will also be sports amenities and swimming pools, a spa, a beach club, and a convention center, all designed for guests to enjoy an elite experience.

This concept will aim to allow for sustainable operation not only from an environmental standpoint but from a logistical one as well. The area’s natural resources will be preserved—including the mangroves—and will form part of the 4.5 million square meters of protected land owned by Palace Resorts. The project’s sustainability also implies the use of renewable energy and water treatment systems that will permit residual use for irrigation purposes. The resort will also boost the area’s supply chain regarding food production and fishing, as well as the offer of guest tours in the vicinity, which could extend all the way out to the capital city of Santo Domingo.

Hilton's New Guadalajara Hotel Has Over 11K Square Feet of Event Space

Hilton has announced the opening of Hilton Guadalajara Midtown, the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand’s second hotel in Guadalajara and eighth property in Mexico. Situated in the heart of the city’s financial and business district, the 225-room hotel in Guadalajara has a swimming pool, fitness center, signature restaurant, two bars and more than 11,500 square feet of flexible event space.

As part of the Midtown Jalisco mixed-use development, Hilton Guadalajara Midtown is four miles from Expo Guadalajara, one of the largest convention centers in Latin America. Guestrooms at the hotel have panoramic views, a 55-inch flat screen TV, in-room espresso machine, bathroom with rain shower and workspace with a spacious desk, ergonomic chair and multiple outlets.

The hotel’s signature restaurant, Härth Kitchen Bar Market Guadalajara, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves a farm-to-table menu of international comfort food. For a cocktail or tapas, guests can visit Wander, the hotel’s rooftop bar and lounge.

For conferences and events, Hilton Guadalajara Midtown has 11,500 square feet of flexible event space, including 10 meeting rooms and ballrooms. The hotel can accommodate events of up to 550 guests.

The hotel is also less than 12 miles from Guadalajara International Airport, and it has access to the Plaza del Sol shopping center as well as neighboring markets and attractions, such as Teatro Degollado, Lake Chapala and Expiatory Temple. Guests can also take the Tequila Tour by train from Guadalajara to Tequila Jalisco.

Hilton currently has a portfolio of more than 140 hotels and resorts in the Caribbean and Latin America, including more than 60 hotels in Mexico. The company has five hotels in Guadalajara: Hilton Guadalajara Midtown, Hilton Guadalajara, Hampton Inn by Hilton Guadalajara/Expo, Hampton Inn by Hilton Guadalajara-Aeropuerto, and Hotel 1970 Posada Guadalajara, Curio Collection by Hilton. The company is actively pursuing additional Caribbean and Latin American growth opportunities and currently has a pipeline of more than 90 hotels throughout the region, including nearly 30 hotels in the pipeline in México.


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