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Meet Puerto Rico markets to convention market

Meet Puerto Rico, the organization which markets and sells Puerto Rico to the meetings and conventions market, launched its new branding and image campaign during the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association’s monthly industry luncheon in January 2014.

Titled “On a tropical island. In the Caribbean,” the campaign captures the benefits of hosting a meeting or convention gathering in Puerto Rico. Using strong visual imagery of Puerto Rico’s natural beauty of the destination’s beaches, rainforests, undersea life and golf courses, the ads include overlaid copy that underscores Puerto Rico’s ability to accommodate a group’s needs.

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Puerto Rico Convention Center

“We know Puerto Rico hits the marks when it comes to top accommodations, great activities, fine dining and sophisticated meeting and event spaces,” stated Milton Segarra, president & CEO, Meet Puerto Rico. “The true value of meeting in Puerto Rico is about bringing all these elements together to create a singular, memorable and distinctive experience for our delegates and visitors. That’s what Meet Puerto Rico, and our branding campaign, is all about.”

Giving Meet Puerto Rico the opportunity to engage with target audiences, the campaign is aimed at corporate and association executives; human resource directors, internal and third-party meeting planners; tradeshow, entertainment and sporting event organizers as well as delegates and other visitors across a variety of today’s communication platforms.

An $375,000 advertising spend will include ads in print and digital platforms in major meetings, conventions and other business-related media outlets in coming months as well as through social media.

Collaborating with TURKEL Brands on the concept, design and execution of the campaign, Bruce Turkel, CEO and executive creative director, TURKEL Brands explained the concept to PRHTA luncheon attendees.

“Puerto Rico has everything a meeting planner or group needs and wants, but that’s just the cost of entry. Our underlying message is that Puerto Rico is more than another meeting destination, it a tropical island, in the Caribbean. That’s makes the destination an event in and of itself,” said Turkel.

The new branding campaign includes the introduction of an updated, modern logo with clean lines which incorporates a color scheme of green and blue as a call to the Puerto Rico’s most prized natural attributes – the Island’s lush tropical flora and water elements.

Other elements include a redesigned website, a new tradeshow booth and tradeshow uniforms, new collateral materials as well as new destination video for the meetings market.

Also during the presentation, Segarra discussed Meet Puerto Rico’s latest results in closing group business for the destination. Meet Puerto Rico has closed the first half of its Fiscal Year 2013-2014 securing 163 groups with 89,532 room night bookings; this figure represents 48 percent of Meet Puerto Rico’s annual booking goal. In addition, the organization’s ‘Dial & Smile’ campaign, a two-day selling event with hotel partners in November 2013 produced 77 group booking representing 46,247 room nights, of which 75 percent were generated by Meet Puerto Rico.

“We’re very proud of our results so far this fiscal year,” stated Segarra. “We’ve made some significant changes to the organization and we’re seeing the outcomes of a great team effort. We’re looking forward to all that 2014 has in store for our organization and the destination.”

Meet Puerto Rico is a non-profit, DMAI accredited organization established to drive meetings, conventions, tradeshows and incentive groups to Puerto Rico.

Meet Puerto Rico can be reached at info@meetpuertorico.com or at its website www.meetpuertorico.com, and is the official marketing and sales agent for the Puerto Rico Convention Center (PRCC).

For more information on the Convention Center, visit www.prconvention.com.

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