Puerto Rico, a U.S. Commonwealth, was chosen as the host for the 9th Routes Americas, taking place Feb. 7-9, 2016 in San Juan.
The event, which is the route development forum for the entire Americas region, will be hosted by Puerto Rico Tourism Company with the support of their partners Aerostar Airport Holdings LLC and Meet Puerto Rico.
“We are confident that the Island will serve as the perfect backdrop to a very productive Routes Americas. The Island may be known for its white sand beaches, spectacular scenery and vibrant culture, but it is also a great place to do business,” said Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, executive director, Puerto Rico Tourism Company.
“We are thrilled to be taking Routes Americas to Puerto Rico in 2016. Its geographical and cultural position as the bridge between the Americas makes it an ideal host for the event, and it will offer the added convenience for delegates that are U.S. citizens who have the advantage of entering Puerto Rico – a Commonwealth of the United States – with no passport,” commented Katie Bland, director Routes, UBM EMEA, organizers of the event.
Located just above the Equator, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico is part of the Greater Antilles right at the heart of the Western Hemisphere. This strategic and uniquely centralized location makes it the perfect connection between north and south and continues to benefit from having the ‘best of both worlds’.
“Puerto Rico is home to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport – the largest and busiest airport in the Caribbean – providing excellent connectivity to both North and South America and whose complete remodeling will be ready for showcasing in 2016. We look forward to working with Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Meet Puerto Rico, Aerostar and all of their partners over the coming 12 months,” stated Bland.
Combining breathtaking natural beauty with a solid modern infrastructure Puerto Rico is a world-class tourist and business destination attracting many industries which have established operations there. Hosting Routes Americas in 2016 will allow the Host Team to showcase everything that the destination has to offer to the wider aviation community with over 550 senior industry professionals expected to attend the event.
The island is home to the largest airport and cruise homeport in the Caribbean and 2016 will mark the inauguration of the newly remodeled Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. A premier convention destination, Puerto Rico offers a unique positioning within the Caribbean, reachable via over 1,600 nonstop weekly flights from 43 destinations around the world. The strategic location of Puerto Rico coupled with outstanding connectivity makes it the best connected destination in the Caribbean.
A commonwealth of the United States of America, a political relationship that dates back over 60 years, Puerto Rico offers U.S. citizens the advantage of being able to travel to the destination without the need of a passport.