Puerto Rico Convention Center construction on target

SAN JUAN -- Construction of the new Puerto Rico Convention Center is 78% complete, and officials expect to welcome the first group in January 2006.

The opening of the $415 million, 580,000-square-foot facility -- the cornerstone of the Puerto Rico Convention District, along with the Sheraton San Juan Convention Center Hotel -- is scheduled for November, although a specific date has not yet been set.

Officials estimate that the district will attract groups of up to 4,500 conventioneers.

The Puerto Rico Convention Bureau reported that group bookings for fiscal year 2004-2005, which ends June 30, have grown by 13%, and room nights booked rose 9% over the same period in the last fiscal year, according to Ana Maria Viscasillas, president and CEO.

The Bureau conducted 114 site inspections with meeting planners and other executives between July 1, 2004, and March 31, 2005, an 85% jump compared with the same period last year.

For more information, visit www.prconvention.com.

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