21st Annual Hospitality & Tourism Convention Expo

Speaking of conventions, the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association (PRHTA) is hosting their annual convention this week from October 3rd until the 5th. The convention will be held this year, for the first time, in the Puerto Rico Convention Center.

As taken from the event brochure: "The theme of this year’s convention is Teamwork Makes It Happen. The island’s tourism and hospitality industry has one common goal,that of furthering Puerto Rico’s standing as a grand tourism destination. Reaching that goal takes work and dedication on the part of all members of the industry, from a taxi driver working the night shift at the airport to the general manager of a luxury resort. It cannot be done by one person alone: teamwork makes it happen."

Tired of the $75 Gala Culinary Festival Price Tags?

So your buddy, your pal, MC Don Dees has a little tip for you all. Recently the staff at DóndeEs.com attended the annual Sales and Marketing Association convention and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce convention where we learned something surprising. While we're accustomed to attending conferences and participating in after hours open bars, leave it to Puerto Rico to take it to the next level. In both of these recent conventions, most of the leading alcoholic beverage companies had booths. However, not only did they have booths, but they offered free drinks as well!

However, different from these two previous events, entrance into the exhibition floor of the PRHTA convention is not free. There is a $20 fee, but don't lose interest yet. On Wednesday the convention is sponsoring the PRHTA Culinary Master Food Competition. During this competition, for the price of admission into the exhibit hall, you can taste foods prepared by the island’s up-and coming student chefs from PRHTA’s member culinary schools. This event approved of by the PRHTA and co-sponsored by the American Culinary Federation. So for $20 you get free drinks, plus a food prepared by professional chefs. Not bad, huh?

On Thursday the convention is hosting the Buen Provecho Competition. Once again, take advantage of free drinks and witness this competition. Featuring regional foods and some of the very best in island cooking, this competition will include dining establishments from around Puerto Rico where they will present their specialties. So with a beer in hand, sample the dishes, then compare your favorites with those of the judges. Sweet!

Wednesday, October 3
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 4
2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

The PRHTA is an island-wide trade association which represents, protects, promotes, educates and informs its more than 500 corporate members, who together directly and indirectly employ more than 45,000 men and women throughout Puerto Rico. As the voice of Puerto Rico's hotels, restaurants and all other segments of our island's tourism industry, we are committed to helping our members achieve their key business objectives.