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"In Cartagena there is a convergence of originality, versatility, professionalism and experience to make your event a historical memoire."

Cartagena de Indias has every type of venue to help you find the ideal destination for your unique event: connectivity, infrastructure, unique spaces, qualified professionals and more.

The position of Cartagena de Indias in the 2015 ICCA ranking (International Congress and Convention Association), reflects the tourism potential of the city. We are ranked 9th among the destinations in Latin America.

 

General infrastructure for all types of events:

Cartagena de Indias has every type of venue to help you find the ideal destination for your unique event, Connectivity, infrastructure, unique spaces, qualified professionals and more.

Hotel Industry

Cartagena of Indias has 331 hotels, with more than 11.434 rooms.

Hotel chains: Several noted hotel chains have chosen Cartagena as the focus for the expansion of their business including: Marriot, Hyatt, Intercontinental and Four Season.

Hotels Boutique: The concept of "Boutique Hotels" has been embraced in Cartagena. The houses and colonial roots have been restored to offer a unique, sophisticated, and superior infrastructure. The Boutique Hotels are characterized by offering exclusive services personalized for whatever your preferences may be.

Conventions Centers

The city?s three main convention centers are less than 5 kilometers from the historic district.

Las Américas Convention Center: beachfront, less than 3 kilometers from the airport, capacity for 3,600 delegates, 6,352 m² of exhibit/meeting space.

Cartagena de Indias Convention Center: in the heart of Cartagena?s Old Town, capacity for 4,000 delegates, 13,295 m² of exhibit/meeting space.

The Hilton Hotel's Convention Center: in one of the touristic areas surrounded by the Caribbean sea, capacity for 2,300 delegates, 2,750 m² of exhibit/meeting space.

A unique place for events, Casa 1537 is an exquisitely renovated 4,000 m² 16th century building within the walled city, with a capacity for 1,000 delegates, 1.579 m² of exhibit/meeting space.

Unique Spaces

We are home to several squares, unique walls and embankments, monasteries, colonial houses, the Castle San Felipe de Barajas, the Heredia Theater, and many beaches. These monuments and locations represent the creativity and imagination of our Professional Operators of Congresses and guarantee our clients an event perfect within our unimaginable landscapes.

Connectivity

Cartagena has direct flights to and from Atlanta, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Panamá and New York. In addition, Cartagena de Indias is only one hour away by air from the capital of Colombia, Bogotá. Bogotá offers more than 659 direct flights which guarantees permanent connectivity to the rest of the world.

OUR PRINCIPAL SERVICES

 

CONGRESESS

 

Cartagena has become the epicenter of the most important congresses in Colombia and Latin America. This, thanks to its strategic location in the Colombian Caribbean, its infrastructure for big events and to have been maintained during a long time as the safest city in Colombia, factor that transforms it into the favorite destination of organizers of events and tourists.

Cartagena has been headquarters of important Congresses and encounters of International size.

Centro de Convenciones
 
  • XXIII Assembly of the IDB, 1982
  • VIII Conference of the United Nations UNCTAD. 1992
  • Meeting Group of the Eight, 1994
  • XI Summit of Heads of State of not Aligned Countries, 1995
  • Ibero-American IV Summit of Heads of State, 2,000
  • Central American and Caribbean Games, 2,006
  • IV International Congress of the Spanish Language, 2,007
  • XVII General Assembly of the World Organization of Tourism OMT, 2007
  • Travel Mart América Latina, 2008
  • Aereo-ALTA Latin American forum of Transport, 2009
  • Convention Ottawa, Antipersonnel Mines, 2009
  • Latin American Economic forum, 2010
  • 6th Summit of the Americas, 2012
  • INTERPOL General Assembly, 2013

Services of the Cartagena Convention Bureau for organizers of Congresses:

Administration Processes of Candidacy:
 Destination Presentation, Bidding Books, Institucional support

Request for proposal with the suppliers associated to the Convention Bureau

  • General consultantship: for the successful realization of the congress keeping in mind calendar of events, local institutions, etc.

CONVENTIONS & INCENTIVES

 

The creativity of our DMO's will offer to your event the perfect combination between infrastructure, professionalism, resources and originality to make of your convention or incentive trip a unique and unforgettable experience.

Among the activities that your group can carry out, they will find:

  • Panoramic tour of the city (Bocagrande, Castle, Center, Bay of Manga, Sea Port, Popa, San Felipe Castle. (Duration 3 hours)
  • Yacht or Galleon tour by the Bay, arrival to the Club de Pesca and dinner. (Duration 4 hours)
  • Walking Tour Historical Center (Museums, Churches, Palacio of the inquisition, Museum) (Duration 4 hours)
  • Walk-through Monuments and Museums outside of the historical center (Castle San Felipe and La Popa Hill ) (3 hours)
  • Colonial Historical Center Tour: Bulwarks, Squares and Hotels Boutique (Duration 4 Hours)
  • Shopping Tour (Boutiques designers, Handicraft Shops, Jeweler'ses, Business centers) (5 hours)
  • Islands (Panoramic Visits and Aquarium) (8 Hours)
  • Private island (Team bulding activities, water sports, spa..)(10 Hours)
  • Day of Beach (Team bulding activities, water and beach sports )
  • Private island (Team bulding activities, water sports, spa..)(10 Hours)
  • Night activities: Journey in Chiva Parrandera, Horse Carriage
  • Cooking classes
  • Horse Carriage ride around the Old Town
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez Tour (Audio guided tour)
  • Dancing Classes ( Salsa, Cumbia, Champeta)
  • Taller de elaboración de Joyas y recorrido por el museo de la esmeralda.
  • Ecotur through the mangroves
  • Mud bath at the Mud Volcano
  • Jewelry workshop and visit to the Emerald Museum
  • Play golf in the TPC at Karibana, the best golf course in Colombia.

Activities that can be transformed in original thematic scenarios,
to surprise your participants

WEDDINGS AND OTHER EVENTS

 

A wedding is one of the most important events in one´s life. Cartagena offers the ideal scenario to enhance the magic and solemnity of this important event. The majesty of its churches and convents and the picturesque of its squares and ramparts would be the ideal scenarios to celebrate dream weddings.

Reason to held a wedding in Cartagena:

  • We have the best scenarios; so that your Wedding will be a fantasy one: Bulwarks, squares, forts and walls among others.
  • Cartagena is a city filled with romanticism and magic which contribute a special touch to each event, making it an exceptional and unforgettable experience.
  • We offer the option of combining the wedding with the honeymoon, offering a great variety of plans to choose after the wedding.
  • The high level of safety has placed us, among the highest preferred destinations for this type of events.
  • We have a wide variety of options in churches, elegant and of great renown like: Churches: San Pedro Claver, Santo Toribio, Santo Domingo, Convent of the Popa, Cathedral of Santa Catalina of Alexandria.
  • We enjoy an excellent climate the year round, guaranteeing that your wedding will have the ideal atmosphere to hold an unforgettable celebration
Telephone: +57 (5) 6700060
Fax: +57 (5) 6685646
Mobile: +57 321 5419173

Barrio Getsemaní
Cra. 8 Centro de Convenciones, oficina 308
Cartagena de Indias - Colombia.
 
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