The Dominican Republic has a wide range of convention centers from which to choose from. Convention centers are equipped to handle large events for thousands of attendees, or luxury boutique hotels for small executive meetings. Aside from the regional convention centers, the capital city of Santo Domingo also has interesting convention facilities. The US-based Elite Meetings Company, which monitors and certifies convention centers throughout the world, currently, lists 23 convention centers in the Dominican Republic (www.elitemeetings.com). The following listing provides information on some of the country’s most important convention offers.
BARCELO HOTELS. The Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort & Convention Center is one of the Caribbean’s largest and most modern centers. It is situated in the Punta Cana area, on the country’s easternmost region.
This resort offers 1999 rooms, an 18-hole golf course, a children’s water park, a teen-activity center, 9 restaurants, spa, theater, nightclub, casino, and is situated on Bavaro beach, considered by many to be one of the country’s most beautiful beaches.
HARD ROCK HOTEL. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana offers the possibility of celebrating large indoor or outdoor events. Its 20,000 square-meter convention can comfortably accommodate five-thousand, and is equipped with cutting-edge technology. It is a five-star hotel with 1,800 rooms.
In Santo Domingo, the five-star Dominican Fiesta Hotel & Casino is located in one of the city’s most elegant neighborhoods. The facility can accommodate up to 2,500 persons in its convention areas.
Elite Meetings Certifies Local Hotels
The hotels certified by Elite Meetings, a company specializing in certifying and monitoring convention centers throughout the world, are the following:
In Santo Domingo. The Hilton Santo Domingo ( 6,105 square feet); Hostal Nicolas de Ovando (4,166 sq. ft.); Hotel Melia Santo Domingo (5,337 sq. ft.); Intercontinental V Centenario (10,333 sq. ft.); and the Lina Hotel (6,296 sq. ft.).
Luxury Boutique Hotels. Tortuga Bay (1,200 sq. ft.) and the Zoetry Agua Punta Cana (1.07); Sivory Punta Cana (2,200 sq. ft.); Golden Bear Lodge & Spa Cap Cana (693 sq. ft.); and the Colonial House (2,723 sq. ft.).
Beach Hotels. Casa de Campo (5,000 sq. ft.); Melia Caribe Tropical (9,504 sq. ft.); Paradisus Palma Real (10,764 sq. ft.); Club Med Punta Cana (3,495 sq. ft.); Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana (5,320 sq. ft.); Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa (5,320 sq. ft.); Dreams Romana Resort & Spa (7,965 sq. ft.); Excellence Punta Cana (2,800 sq. ft.); Paradisus Punta Cana (4,490 sq. ft.); Sanctuary Cap Cana Secrets (5,630 sq. ft.); The Cap Cana (3,037 sq. ft.) and Punta Cana Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (37,000 sq. ft.).