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Featured City: Medellin, top corporate destination in South America according to Business Destinations Magazine

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The City of Eternal Spring and Colombia’s second most important city has been granted the Business Destinations Travel Award recognizing it as the best corporative destination in South America by the Business Destinations Magazine.


Corporate travel agents, Fortune 500 buyers, members of ACTE (Association of Corporate Travel Executives, influencers of the MICE community voted recognizing the city for its excellence, sustainability, products, and services Medellin offers business travelers.

The voters emphasized the city’s development, innovation, charismatic people, and Spring weather. It is no surprise as the city continues to gain recognition for its growth; ranking number 86 in the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) 2012 Report climbing from number 127 in the previous year).

Business Destination Travel Awards with American Express has been choosing the best business destinations in each continent through a survey where ACTE members as well as influential members of the MICE community can vote. The Magazine has a circulation of 49,650.

More on Medellin:

Home of the masterpiece works of art like those of Fernando Botero, Medellin is a traditional and cultural city offering great infrastructure to host congresses and conventions as well as a destination for incentive travel offering.

Its ideal temperature averaging to 75F invites international tourists to enjoy its gastronomy and culture year-round!

Congresses and Conventions

The Plaza Mayor Medellin is the city’s exhibition and convention center with 4 pavilions and 129,000 square feet (12,000 meters squared) indoor area.

  • 2 convention centers, 200 meeting rooms
  • Largest plenary room: 3,000 pax
  • Total accommodation capacity in 3, 4 and 5 star hotels: 4,338
  • International Frequencies: 89 per week (main US cities to Medellin’s Jose Maria Cordoba International Airport)
    • Miami
    • Orlando
    • New York City (JFK)
    • San Francisco
    • Denver
    • Los Angeles
    • Atlanta
    • Chicago
    • Las Vegas
    • Houston
    • Newark
  • Important events held in the past: General OEA 2008 Assembly, 2009 IDB Governors’ Assembly, IX 2010 South American Games, Summit of the World's Regions on Food Security 2011

Incentive travel

  • Follow the “Flower Route” and learn how Colombia supplies 60% of all flowers exported to the U.S.  Visit a flower plantation for a behind-the-scenes look at how flowers are grown and processed. The experience culminates with the farmer creating one of the country’s traditional “silletas,” elaborate flower arrangements that “silleteros” carry on their backs as they parade through the streets during Medellin's annual Flower Fair held in August.
  • Experience a “Fashion Emergency.”  As a red hot fashion capital, Medellin offers groups the ability to try their hand at fashion design or modeling, photography, makeup, lighting and scenery among others
  • Guatapé and Peñol: adventure sports and sailing.


  • 4 golf courses for professionals (three 18-hole clubs)
  • Campestre De Medellín
  • Llano Grande
  • Club el Rodeo
  • Macarena


  1. Zona Rosa and Lleras Park: Offer the best delicacies of classic Italian cuisine, innovative Peruvian dishes, and the best Argentinean BBQ amongst other mouth-watering dishes.
  2. Buena Mesa Street: Located in El Poblado neighborhood, where you will be able to feast on magnificent seafood dishes.
  3. Myriad restaurants: Located along Las Palmas, where a delicious Bandeja Paisa (beans, rice, ground beef, fried plantain, and pork rinds), Mondongo (tripe stew), or ajiaco (chicken stew) can be tasted.
  4. In the neighboring municipalities of Medellin, there is also a plethora of restaurants that offer typical Colombian food.

You will always find restaurants that offer traditional dishes of Antioquian cuisine.Try different signature dishes, where the chef passionately and creatively combines regional products with others from around the world to create unique new tastes. The very best of “criolla” (local) cuisine is created like this, which is filled with energizing sensations that are one-of-a-kind and that stand out on the restaurant menus.

Traditional Recommended Restaurants:

  1. El Cielo Restaurante
  2. La Provincia
  3. Bijao
  4. Sinko Bar
  5. Palmitas
  6. Satay
  7. Naan

New Restaurants:

  1. Carmen Restaurant:
  2. In Situ Restaurant: Located at the botanical garden of Medellin, the restaurant offers dishes infusing natural herbs to the traditional cuisine of the region; getting an innovative mixed of the Colombian gastronomy.
  3. Le Coq Restaurant:
  4. Mykonos Restaurant:
  5. Mystique Restaurant : by chef Juan Pablo Valencia

For more information, please visit:


Calle 28A Nº 13A-15 Piso 36

Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Fondo de Promoción Turistica PROCOLOMBIA

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