Peurto Rico sees bookings line up for new facilities

Puerto Rico is to open a purpose-built convention facility by 2004, which will become part of the Caribbean island’s convention centre district. The 54,000m2 centre will offer a ballroom for up to 4,000 delegates theatre-style and its largest meeting space will be able to hold 10,000 theatre-style. An adjacent 850-room hotel is expected to open in 2005. The Puerto Rico Convention Bureau already has bookings for 2004. “The new centre could more than double the amount spent on meetings on the island to more than $1bn (£686m) in terms of visitor spend,” said convention bureau executive director Jorge Pesquera.

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