Puerto Rico is ready to welcome the MICE industry with biosafety standards and high-end high tech to cater to hybrid or 100% virtual events.
Puerto Rico is the smallest island of the Greater Antilles archipelago, located in the northeast portion of the Caribbean Sea and it truly is a tropical paradise at its best. It has an enviable variety of marine ecosystems adorned with beautiful flora and fauna, creating natural landscapes worthy of framing.
The island boasts a solid economy, in due in large part to its political and socioeconomic relationship with the United States, which provides it with a strong institutional framework that translates into the highest per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Latin America.
World-renowned for its tourism, Puerto Rico also has a thriving agricultural sector with quality exports—sugarcane, coffee and tobacco—, fishing, and a burgeoning tech sector.
Everyone who visits Puerto Rico is thrilled with their find, but American citizens and residents have extra benefits such as access to the island without the need for a passport or currency exchange, use of their cell phones without paying roaming charges, and ample air connectivity from major cities in the United States.
More than 30 airlines fly to the destination from different parts of the world, giving it privileged connections to Latin America; it has three international airports and two domestic airports located in the islands of Culebra and Vieques.
Puerto Rico is ready for Meetings Tourism in 2021
Puerto Rico is the “Heart and Soul of the Caribbean,” and it has adapted wonderfully well to the new normal in 2021, attending to all the requirements needed by meeting planners regarding biosafety so that they choose this destination for their events.
This charming Caribbean island was the first destination in the region to obtain the “Safe Travels” seal conferred by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
In addition, the Puerto Rico Convention Center (PRCC) has restarted activities in collaboration with ASM Global, which has applied its extensive “Venue Shield” biosafety and hygiene program with protocols that adhere to the most demanding global standards. It is also the only facility in the Caribbean to have obtained a GBAC Star Facility Rating.
Then there are the necessary technological services to provide hybrid or virtual meetings and events in a pandemic. For this, the PRCC is supported by PSAV, a globally
recognized company that operates within its MeetSAFE Guidelines, a state-of-the-art service that is fast becoming the darling of Meeting Planners.
The PRCC itself offers a total space of more than 55,740 m² (600,000 ft²), with 15 meeting rooms that can be divided into up to 29 rooms, all with videoconferencing services. An ideal complement to the PRCC, the innovative Distrito T-Mobile™ is an entertainment center of more than 20,000 m² (215,278 ft²) where attendees can enjoy authentic Puerto Rican cooking, nightlife, shopping, additional meeting spaces, and even an urban zip line.
The destination has 25 hotels with four stars or more, of which 24 have meeting spaces of at least 90 m² (1,000 ft²). The Caribe Hilton—located in the San Juan area— has the largest area with 6,038 m² (65,000 ft²) of meeting space.
There are plenty of attractions for incentive travel in Puerto Rico
For those who like quantitative data, we’re happy to share that Puerto Rico has more than 190 natural, cultural, historical, sports, and entertainment attractions.
If you’re looking for incentive trips in the metropolitan area, a visit to Old San Juan is a “must.” This place is brimming with history that permeates its streets and its colorful buildings and is also home to the Castle of San Felipe del Morro (popularly known as “El Morro”), a real standout.
Beyond the metropolitan area is the El Yunque National Forest, where you can practice activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and exploring in the glorious rain forest.
There are many entertainment options depending on what attendees want. The island has a total of 18 golf courses and 16 casinos, as well as a large number of surfing beaches and three incredible bioluminescent bays.
When it comes time to eat, you won’t go wrong asking a local. A top recommendation is La Placita in Santurce, a perfect place for group dining and dine-arounds with some excellent local cuisine. Then there’s the Ruta del Lechón, or the Pork Route, in Guavate, where you can drive to a wide variety of small restaurants for a taste of Puerto Rico’s most traditional dishes.