The Island of Enchantment    All you need to know about Puerto Rico                        51st ICCA Congress             ...
Top 5 reasons why Puerto Rico is your best bet                 History               Easier access              Infrastruc...
History
Puerto Rico, a U.S. Territory
Easier Access InitiativesVisa waiver programStreamlined visa interview wait timeand Visa application processTrusted travel...
Puerto Rico: Hub of the Caribbean      U.S. inbound seat capacity      U.S. inbound seat capacity                         ...
Airline Mix              8
Puerto Rico’s Modern and World ClassInfrastructure“…among the best in Latin America & the Caribbean.” – Financial Times   ...
Puerto Rico’s Modern and World Class Infrastructure Puerto Rico Convention Center    Prime site award winner    Largest ...
Puerto Rico’s Modern and World Class Infrastructure Coliseo de Puerto Rico    18,000 people capacity    Over 550 events ...
Puerto Rico’s Modern and World Class InfrastructureGovernment Reception Center(Antiguo Casino de Puerto Rico) Ideal site ...
Puerto Rico’s Modern and World Class InfrastructurePuerto Rico offers a wide range of World-Class hotel brands that meetan...
Varied OfferMost diverse and vibrant destination in theCaribbean
Varied Offer – Beaches   Flamenco, Culebra
Varied Offer – Shopping                                               Mall of San Juan                          Plaza Las ...
Varied Offer – Medical TourismMedical tourism Law (196) has  allowed patients to receive  treatment off-shore in Puerto  ...
Varied Offer – Culture and MuseumsMuseum of Contemporary Art                                                   Puerto Rico...
Varied Offer – Cuisine Gastronomical Capital of the Caribbean
Varied Offer – Golf   Royal Isabela
Varied Offer – Homeport and Marinas
Varied Offer – Sports Capital of the Caribbean World-wide events held in P.R.:  WBC / World Baseball Classic  Rip Curl W...
Varied Offer – World Class Entertainment                                            PR Salsa Congress                     ...
Varied Offer – Nature and Adventure
Varied Offer – Nature and Adventure
Varied Offer – Rum Capital of the World
Varied Offer – Film Location ParadiseFast Five                   Pirates of the Caribbean
Future Developments                      Roosevelt Roads Naval Base                      Redevelopment     Bahía Urbana
MASTER PLAN VISIONParcel 3 Development Zones                                                                              ...
Top 5 reasons why Puerto Rico is your best bet                                    INFRASTRUCTURE  HISTORY        EASIER AC...
Top 5 reasons why Puerto Rico is your best bet                       Come for Business,                       Stay for Fun!
The Island of Enchantment    All you need to know about Puerto Rico                        51st ICCA Congress             ...
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Presentation held at the 51st ICCA Congress which took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico from 20 - 24 October 2012. For more information on ICCA please visit www.iccaworld.com.

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  • Old World meets the New When Christopher Columbus reached Puerto Rico in 1493, the island was inhabited by an Arawak Indian tribe known as the Taíno. Chistopher Columbus claimed Puerto Rico for Spain and named it San Juan Bautista, but the Spanish would not settle the island until 1508, when Juan Ponce de León landed on its shores and established the town of Caparra in the north of the island. A year later, he moved east and founded a new city that boasted a deep harbor; he called it Puerto Rico, or “Rich Port.” This would soon become the name of the island, while the town would come to be known as San Juan. The arrival of the Spanish conquistadors nearly wiped out the native Taíno population; their remaining descendants gradually merged with the Spanish settlers and the African slaves that the conquistadors brought to the island. The earliest Spanish buildings in San Juan included fortresses and churches. In 1512, Alonso Manso became the first bishop to reach the Americas. He established a diocese in Puerto Rico and, in 1521, began construction of the Catedral de San Juan, one of the oldest churches in the New World. In the 1530s, the Spanish began building two forts—the Santa Catalina Palace (today’s La Fortaleza), and Castillo de San Felipe del Morro, which helped establish Puerto Rico as a military outpost. For almost three centuries, San Juan would face attack by French, Dutch and British forces as well as pirates. The city strengthened its defenses by encircling its borders with a thick wall and building an additional fortress in 1634 called Castillo de San Cristóbal, which would become the largest Spanish fortification in the New World.
  • Puerto Rico is the hub of the Caribbean and maintaining this position is key to the Island’s economic development. US Inbound seat capacity Puerto Rico maintains 30% of U.S. seat capacity into the Caribbean Puerto Rico has nearly 3 times the U.S. inbound seat capacity of the next largest markets 63 daily flights from 20 major U.S. cities International Seat Capacity San Juan receives service from 25 cities in the Caribbean American Eagle maintains its Caribbean hub in San Juan Puerto Rico has direct access to Madrid, Panama, Toronto, London, and Caracas
  • Airline Mix Maintaining a diversified airline mix servicing Puerto Rico is key to air access sustainability But none of this progress would be possible without air access. We are the air hub of the Caribbean, with dozens of daily flights from the US and the Caribbean, … and with a growing capacity from international destinations. Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, West Jet and Condor have established or reestablished service to San Juan • Negotiation with 12 cities to establish new direct flights to PR • Our successful efforts: • direct flights from Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada
  • More than 1,000 events and 1M visitors since opening in 2005 Largest and most technologically advanced in the Caribbean (53,882 sq meters) Sheraton is now open with 503 rooms flexible meeting space for up to 1,800 visitors Prime Site Award Winner Forms part of Convention Center District, composed of over 113 acres and includes: Full service anchor hotel and casino Retail and entertainment complex including cinemas Waterfront cafes, restaurants and walkways
  • Over 550 events since opening in 2005, with over 3.3M spectators Capacity for 18,000 people World renowned artist performances: Andrea Bocelli, Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Aerosmith, The Police Sporting Events: Agassi and Sampras tennis match Approved ice skating rink
  • Antiguo Casino de Puerto Rico The Antiguo Casino is distinguished by its Spanish and French design. Host a variety of events such as wedding celebrations, galas, corporate functions and others. Its beautiful gardens, balconies, moldings, white marble floors, majestic central staircase and its beautiful twelve foot chandelier makes up the elegance of this building. 2 floors 12,000 sq. ft. (1,115 sq. m.) Garden can be reached through one of the Lateral Meeting Rooms These attributes make the Antiguo Casino one of Old San Juan's most prestigious architectonic relics of the 20th century.
  • The industr y’s growth is spurring the development of additional properties, and this year we will see an increase 2,100 rooms to our inventory. These new properties cover the entire range, from large, luxury resorts to small, intimate hotels and guest houses. Growth in hotel properties including: The Ritz Carlton reserve is another, schedule to open at the end of the year, and will contribute to making Dorado become, once again, the outstanding destination it was when the resort opened as the first Rockefeller hotel property back in the fifties. Condado Vanderbilt Other include: La Terraza de San Juan J.W. Marriott Hix Island Bravo Beach Hotel El Blok Royal Isabela Casona Bella Vista El Hotelito Siete Mares Bay The St. Regis Bahía Beach Resort is one example of this growth, with an investment of $172 million…
  • Most spectacular, publicly acclaimed beaches across the world can be found in Puerto Rico. All year long warm beaches and sunny skies
  • A shopper’s delight Over 20 shopping malls, including the largest in the Caribbean. Plaza Las Américas Outlets, 2 of them one located near east and another one located in northwest side of the island. Boutiques (Condado & Old San Juan) for luxury, designer and artisan gooods.
  • Medical tourism Law (196) recently passed has allowed patients to receive treatment off-shore in Puerto Rico at lower costs than in the U.S. HIMAHealth network with two local institutions currently offering medical traveling services. "U.S. patients already travel for medical care to places as far away as India and Singapore; it makes sense for them to travel a shorter distance for treatment.“ said Armando Rodríguez, HIMA San Pablo executive vice president.
  • World-famous art in world-class facilities: education, whimsy, and history in charming cultural institutions Puerto Rico Museum of Art The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) in Santurce is San Juan’s magnificent fine arts showcase. Inaugurated in 2000, the architecturally stunning structure houses 130,000 works of art, including Puerto Rican art from the 17th century to the present. In addition, the museum hosts numerous exhibits throughout the year and boasts an outstanding children’s interactive exhibit. Museo de Arte de Ponce One of the most important centers of European art in the Caribbean, the Museo de Arte de Ponce is one of Puerto Rico’s most renowned cultural treasures. Among the artists on display here are Roy Lichtenstein, Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones and Lord Frederic Leighton, to name just a few. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC) celebrates a great variety of modern art expression, from paintings to sculpture to video to mixed media. Housed in the historic Rafael M. Labra building in Santurce, its works officially belong to the people of Puerto Rico
  • Our island hasn’t just become a magnet for foodies; it’s grown into the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean. World-class chefs man the kitchens at many restaurants in San Juan, while internationally renowned chefs have brought their brands to the island. Our culinary tradition spans centuries and combines Taíno, Spanish and African cultures, recipes and ingredients. In recent years, it’s been combined with flavors from around the world to create mouth-watering fusion and nouveau Rican creations. From gourmet fine dining to roadside kiosks, you will love exploring our menus and discovering the many tastes of Puerto Rico. New York has Soho; we have Sofo, an acronym for South Fortaleza Street in Old San Juan and a veritable restaurant row of outstanding modern eateries. From classic French to Asian-Latin fusion to inventive seafood, the restaurants at Sofo have helped make it a culinary hotspot that attracts locals and visitors alike. Puerto Rico is also known for culinary festivals Saborea! – largest annual food festival, a favorite spot for foodies and chefs in the Caribbean
  • Puerto Rico boasts more than 25 courses, most of them designed by the sport’s most legendary figures. Puerto Rico designated by the PGA as the only destination for its championships Puerto Rico Open This year we also opened the Costa Isabela property on the north coast of the island, which has already been described by Golf Digest as Scotland in the Caribbean.
  • Puerto Rico receives over 1.2 million cruise passengers on a yearly basis Puerto Rico is served by 14 cruise lines Carnival Holland America Regent Celebrity MSC Royal Caribbean Club Med Norwegian Seadream Yacht Club Oceania* Princess Silverseas Azamara* P&O* Seabourn Marine Mega Yachts Puerto Rico is also home of MegaYacht Marinas, just a few miles away from the Spanish Virgin Islands. Palmas del Mar, Humacao Puerto del Rey, Fajardo
  • Some of the most renowned sport events worldwide are held in Puerto Rico: WBC / World Baseball Classic Central American and Caribbean Games (2010) Rip Curl World Surfing Cup PR Open Golf / PGA Tour Ironman 73.0
  • Nature and Adventure Toro Verde – nature reserve Bio Bays-Bioluminescence exists around the world, but there are only a few biobays on our planet… and Puerto Rico has three of them! Parque de las Cavernas de Camuy (Caves) – 3 rd largest cave system in the World. All natural ecosystem. El Yunque rainforest - the only one of its kind in the U.S. National Forest Service most popular hiking destination Certified Green Hotels • Caribe Hilton San Juan • The St. Regis Bahía Beach Resort • InterContinental San Juan Resort & Casino • Río Mar Beach Resort & Spa -A Wyndham Grand Resort • Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino
  • Nature and Adventure Toro Verde – nature reserve Bio Bays-Bioluminescence exists around the world, but there are only a few biobays on our planet… and Puerto Rico has three of them! Parque de las Cavernas de Camuy (Caves) – 3 rd largest cave system in the World. All natural ecosystem. El Yunque rainforest - the only one of its kind in the U.S. National Forest Service most popular hiking destination Certified Green Hotels • Caribe Hilton San Juan • The St. Regis Bahía Beach Resort • InterContinental San Juan Resort & Casino • Río Mar Beach Resort & Spa -A Wyndham Grand Resort • Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino
  • Fiercely proud of its heritage and product, every company that makes up the Rums of Puerto Rico program stands as a master craft maker that relies on artisans fully committed to their prized work of art: Puerto Rican rum. World’s most prestigious distilleries and rectifiers Bacardi Serralles (Don Q)
  • The Island Of Enchantment All You Need To Know About Puerto Rico #ICCA12 SUNDAY 21/10/2012

    1. 1. The Island of Enchantment All you need to know about Puerto Rico 51st ICCA Congress October 21st, 2012 Mario González Lafuente Executive Director Local Redevelopment Authority
    2. 2. Top 5 reasons why Puerto Rico is your best bet History Easier access Infrastructure Varied offer Come for business, stay for fun
    3. 3. History
    4. 4. Puerto Rico, a U.S. Territory
    5. 5. Easier Access InitiativesVisa waiver programStreamlined visa interview wait timeand Visa application processTrusted traveler program Global entry Pre-check
    6. 6. Puerto Rico: Hub of the Caribbean U.S. inbound seat capacity U.S. inbound seat capacity International seat capacity International seat capacity• Puerto Rico maintains 30% of U.S. • San Juan receives service from 25 seat capacity into the Caribbean cities in the Caribbean• Puerto Rico has nearly 3 times the • American Eagle maintains its U.S. inbound seat capacity of the next Caribbean hub in San Juan largest markets • Puerto Rico has direct access to• 63 daily flights from 20 major U.S. Madrid, Panama, Toronto, London, cities and CaracasAir access to the U.S.Air access to the U.S. Air access to the Caribbean Air access to the Caribbean Air access to world connections Air access to world connections
    7. 7. Airline Mix 8
    8. 8. Puerto Rico’s Modern and World ClassInfrastructure“…among the best in Latin America & the Caribbean.” – Financial Times Extensive highway Port of San Juan is the 8thsystem, over 4,629 miles busiest port in the U.S. PR’s air access is by far SJU is the busiest airportthe best in the Caribbean in the Caribbean 9
    9. 9. Puerto Rico’s Modern and World Class Infrastructure Puerto Rico Convention Center  Prime site award winner  Largest and most technologically advanced in the Caribbean  Over 1,000 events and 1M visitors since opening in 2005
    10. 10. Puerto Rico’s Modern and World Class Infrastructure Coliseo de Puerto Rico  18,000 people capacity  Over 550 events and 3.3M spectators.  World renowned artists performances
    11. 11. Puerto Rico’s Modern and World Class InfrastructureGovernment Reception Center(Antiguo Casino de Puerto Rico) Ideal site for special private and government events. Spanish and French design One of Old San Juans most prestigious architectural relics of the early 20th century.
    12. 12. Puerto Rico’s Modern and World Class InfrastructurePuerto Rico offers a wide range of World-Class hotel brands that meetany customer’s budget and needs.
    13. 13. Varied OfferMost diverse and vibrant destination in theCaribbean
    14. 14. Varied Offer – Beaches Flamenco, Culebra
    15. 15. Varied Offer – Shopping Mall of San Juan Plaza Las Américas
    16. 16. Varied Offer – Medical TourismMedical tourism Law (196) has allowed patients to receive treatment off-shore in Puerto Rico at lower costs than in the U.S.Local institutions equipped with state of the art technology, currently offering medical care traveling services.
    17. 17. Varied Offer – Culture and MuseumsMuseum of Contemporary Art Puerto Rico Museum of Art Ponce Museum of Art
    18. 18. Varied Offer – Cuisine Gastronomical Capital of the Caribbean
    19. 19. Varied Offer – Golf Royal Isabela
    20. 20. Varied Offer – Homeport and Marinas
    21. 21. Varied Offer – Sports Capital of the Caribbean World-wide events held in P.R.:  WBC / World Baseball Classic  Rip Curl World Surfing Cup  PR Open Golf / PGA Tour  Ironman 73.0  Central American and Caribbean Games (2010)
    22. 22. Varied Offer – World Class Entertainment PR Salsa Congress International ArtistsPR Heineken JazzFest Casals Festival
    23. 23. Varied Offer – Nature and Adventure
    24. 24. Varied Offer – Nature and Adventure
    25. 25. Varied Offer – Rum Capital of the World
    26. 26. Varied Offer – Film Location ParadiseFast Five Pirates of the Caribbean
    27. 27. Future Developments Roosevelt Roads Naval Base Redevelopment Bahía Urbana
    28. 28. MASTER PLAN VISIONParcel 3 Development Zones OVERVIEW 11 Eco-Outpost Base Camp The Environmentalist Retreat Ceiba Park Gateway to Amenities 5 4 Marsh Vista Premiere Golf/Country Club Amenity El Yunque Grande “The Premier Eco-Tourism Resort” 3 7 Main Street Community College 1 Port Caribe 2 “The Commercial Heart” Hotel & Entertainment “The Destination Anchor” 29
    29. 29. Top 5 reasons why Puerto Rico is your best bet INFRASTRUCTURE HISTORY EASIER ACCESS VARIED OFFER
    30. 30. Top 5 reasons why Puerto Rico is your best bet Come for Business, Stay for Fun!
    31. 31. The Island of Enchantment All you need to know about Puerto Rico 51st ICCA Congress October 21st, 2012 Mario González Lafuente Executive Director Local Redevelopment Authority

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