The ‘Soar and Stay Giveaway’ campaign was launched in April 2012 and offers one free flight for every 100 room nights booked.
A total of 13,487 room nights have been secured as a result of 16 bookings in total from organisations in the pharmaceutical, communications, education and government service sectors. These events are estimated to be worth £4.5 million to the local economy.
Neil Mullanaphy, acting president & CEO of the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau, said: "We’re excited by the early response and reception to this new booking incentive. In addition to highlighting how easy it is to host a group program in Puerto Rico with major air carriers, top-name hotel brands and no passport requirement for U.S. delegates, the messaging is clear – Puerto Rico offers smooth meetings, sophisticated surroundings and good value for groups of all types."
To take advantage of the promotion, meeting planners must book a new group with a minimum of 200 room nights by December 21, 2012 for events taking place through to December 31 2013.
The maximum rebate for air credit is £600 (US $1,000) per air ticket. A maximum of ten tickets with a maximum value of up to £6,000 (US $10,000) per booking will be reimbursed.
Air rebate will be dispensed based on final pickup of rooms nights actualised and paid by the group, and will be issued as a cheque to the organisation, or as a rebate to the master account, upon full payment of master account.
ICCA’s annual congress will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico from 20-24 October 2012.