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Colombia recently launched its first Travel Rewards and Incentives Program (TRIP), a free on-line course that rewards travel agents immediately with cash and prizes for promoting the country and referring colleagues to the program. Travel agents only need to book one corporate event to earn a free round-trip flight and three hotel nights in Colombia, the country that The New York Times says is one of the “31 Places to Go in 2010.”
After five years of successful operation in Cartagena, Las Americas International Convention Center and Hotel is expanding to meet growing demand for its facilities and accommodations. The new, larger meeting space at the convention center, scheduled to open in August 2010, will have a main conference room with a capacity for 1,000 people, one big area for commercial exhibitions able to accommodate 130 booths, VIP rooms, storage rooms for exhibition material, operation areas for kitchens and restaurants, and two exterior plazas, both located on the first floor, so heavy machinery and big structures can be installed and larger parking spaces will be available.
Imagine an 18-hole golf course created by world-famous Nicklaus Design. Next to a mile-long beach on the Caribbean Ocean. Just outside the magical city of Cartagena, a place with old-world charm, but modern, urban amenities. With weather so perfect you can golf 365 days a year. This vision will soon be a reality at the new Karibana Beach and Golf Resort and Condominiums, scheduled open later this year.
The New York Times says travelers are calling Cartagena “Latin America’s hippest secret.” National Geographic Traveler reports that Cartagena’s amenities are “colonial chic,” with new boutique hotels transforming the Old City, the romantic setting that inspired Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ “Love in the Time of Cholera.” No wonder this hot destination booked as many meetings as New York City in 2009.
Colombia is rapidly becoming Latin America’s leading destination for high-profile meetings, conventions and incentive travel, thanks to the its incredible attractions, world-class infrastructure, abundance of capacity and cost-effective services. Tellingly, in 2009, the city of Cartagena hosted as many meetings as New York City.
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