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re gister now April 14-17, 2011 - San Juan, Puerto Rico

ASTA International Destination Expo Featuring Exclusive Cruise ship Inspections

the Islands of

puerto rico

ASTA International Destination Expo Featuring Exclusive Cruise ship Inspections

the Islands of

puerto rico

At the International Destination Expo, April 14-17, 2011, you will be immersed in four days of concentrated educational sessions, ship inspections, and have access to a trade show with hundreds of local travel suppliers. Sightseeing tours of San Juan will give you a first hand taste of what your clients will experience, and specialized education will provide you with certifications you can add to your professional profile to increase your sales.

Exclusive ship inspections Puerto Rico is the cruise gateway to the Caribbean — take advantage of exclusive ship inspections at this year’s IDE. This is a unique opportunity that will allow you to explore the newest additions to the cruise lines’ fleets, and gain the familiarity that will help you sell cruises to your clients.

Pre- and Post-tours will be available on NA





Known as the Land of Enchantment, Puerto Rico combines the exoticism of the Caribbean with proximity to the United States. Puerto Rico’s history includes four hundred years as a Spanish Colony – and the mixing of Spaniards, Indians, Anglos, and Africans has created a culture unique to this island. Experience San Juan, Puerto Rico’s modern capitol city, and gain the expertise to boost your sales to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean!

COMPLIMENTARY ADVENTURES will be available to all attendees Saturday, April 16 and Sunday April 17 Jet Ski Experience at Historic Old San Juan • This adventure gives you the opportunity to get to know Historic Old San Juan from a marine point of view. Enjoy Old San Juan from a unique perspective while having fun riding jet skis. Jungle Adventure • For a thrill ride, come and join this fun and exciting adventure. Follow the guide on your rented boat across the San Juan Bay where pirates and corsarios fought for control of the city some centuries ago. Sunset Bay Trip • Relax with a glass of wine while cruising the bay during a breathtaking sunset, and enjoy beautiful views of El Morro and the city wall. Fortifications Segway Guided Tour • Instead of getting tired on your feet or looking out a window of a bus, you will glide on your Segway PT through San Juan’s city streets and its world famous points of interest. Surfing Lessons • Surfing lessons taught by an expert surfer in shallow waters are safer and more fun that what you may

think. Lessons include instruction on how to surf on a safe beach with small waves, the proper equipment, how to stand up on the surfboard and how to stretch, beach etiquette, beach rules between locals, Mother Nature, and lots of fun.

Bicycle Tours in Old San Juan and Condado • Visit various sightseeing attractions in both the Condado area and Old San Juan. The tour starts at the new Parque de la Laguna del Condado (Condado Lagoon Park), and ends with a visit to Escambron Beach and the New Millenium Park, San Gerónimo Fort, then back to Condado beach area.

Riders may also have the opportunity to dismount for a short boat ride and break at a white sandy beach.

Island Hop, Snorkel, and Guided Mini Boat Tour • Join this one of a kind aquatic adventure! With a certified guide leading the way, captain your inflatable boat across the beautiful crystal clear waters of Eastern Puerto Rico, stopping at stunning, small, uninhabited islands with incredible white sand beaches. Later, sail along the “La Cordillera” Cays Nature Reserve, for a snorkeling excursion that you will never forget!

Third Millennium National Park – Beach and Snorkeling Tour • Enjoy an informative 30 minute walking tour of the “Third Millennium Park,” and learn about this National Park’s historic value and wonderful beaches. Throughout your snorkeling adventure you will discover the colorful fish and corals that reside in Caribbean reefs.

Canopy Adventure Tour • Be part of the new eco-tourist adventure, by ziplining through a forest! During these flights, guests are able to appreciate Mother Nature and experience wonderful views not seen from the ground. In addition, the platform’s see-through floors provide a unique view of the forest. Most visitors find the platforms to be the highlight of the tour!

Countryside Horseback Riding • Mount up for a smooth ride beside lush mangrove waterways, tropical lakeside trails, forests, caves, and much more.

Shopping and Fashion at Plaza Las Americas • When it comes to shopping, Puerto Rico rivals any major urban center with its modern malls and exclusive

boutiques. Visit the largest mall in the Caribbean, Plaza Las Americas in San Juan, with over 300 stores, 13 movie theaters, 40 restaurants, even a museum!

Historic Wreck Scuba Dive • Dive off of San Juan’s North coast, and experience the Antonio López, a former ocean liner turned military transport that was sunk by the Yosemite in 1898 during the Third Battle of San Juan. Divers can also find unspoiled and healthy coral reef areas with many exotic fish and marine wildlife. El Yunque Rain Forest Hiking Tour • Enjoy the mesmerizing view and the La Mina Hiking Trail to admire the flora, fauna, and a spectacular waterfall with a natural swimming pool. El Yunque Rain Forest Tour and Shopping at The Outlets Mall • Enjoy the unique mesmerizing view, La Coca Waterfall, and hike a low impact trail to admire the flora and fauna. Then enjoy a shopping spree at The Outlets Mall in Canovanas. Old San Juan and Bacardi Rum Distillery Tour (City Bacardi) • Journey through Old San Juan, whose streets are lined with art galleries, distinctive stores, and cozy cafés, and enjoy historic sites from the days of colonization, such

as San Cristobal Fortress, the legendary Governor’s Mansion, and much more. Across the San Juan Bay lies the Bacardi Rum Distillery, where visitors will learn the rum-making process and relax with a complimentary cocktail at their open air pavilion.

The Old San Juan Cooking, Dining and Shopping Experience • At the heart of Old San Juan’s shopping district, a fully guided tour will show you the best and most unique stores San Juan’s historic streets have to offer, including special discounts and sales for participants. Next, learn to make Puerto Rico’s signature dish, Mofongo, and cocktail, the Mojito. Caguas City and the Botanical & Cultural Garden • The tour includes a visit trough the city’s main square, the Tobacco Museum, lunch, and a stop at Caguas Botanical & Cultural Garden. Choose to tour a sugar mill and its hacienda, an archeological research area with taíno artifacts, or luscious gardens which highlight the flora of the island’s different inhabitants through the ages. Sailing and Snorkeling • Board a catamaran for a leisurely sail to an uninhabited island, and enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean while you sunbathe, wade, or swim offshore.

Old San Juan and Shopping at Plaza Las Américas • Travel back in time and discover 500 years of fascinating history, culture and heritage in the cobblestone streets of this charming city. Enjoy historic Spanish sites like the San Cristóbal Fortress, the legendary Governor’s Mansion, and much more. Return to the 21st century by visiting the largest mall in the Caribbean, Plaza Las Américas, where you can shop till you drop. Colonial Ponce • The city of Ponce is an enchanting portrait of colonial history, art, and culture. The city’s buildings, such as the 19th century Fire Station and the “La Perla” Theater, showcase more than 300 years of an elegant tradition that has made Ponce the center of Puerto Rico’s southern economy. Camuy Caves and Shopping at Prime Outlets • The excursion will take visitors through caverns holding enormous stalactites and stalagmites. The Camuy River, which runs through the cavern’s interior, is also believed to be one of the most spectacular underground rivers in the world. Then enjoy a shopping spree at Prime Outlets in Barceloneta. eLLIOTT eRWITT’s photos

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Conference Program*

Registration What’s included in the registration fee?

Thursday, April 14

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Afternoon Education Evening General Session and Opening Event Friday, April 15 Education and Trade Show

Participation in destination focused educational sessions Ship inspections Admission to evening events Access to trade show to meet hundreds of local Caribbean suppliers Complimentary Sightseeing

Evening: Explore San Juan

benefits of attending

Saturday, April 16

The conference features:

Sightseeing and Cruise Ship Inspections

Four days of concentrated education that will make you an expert on the Caribbean

Evening: 2012 Host Final Gala

New certifications you can add to your professional profile to attract new clients.

A trade show that allows you to network with local companies that you won’t meet at any U.S. based trade show.

Complimentary sightseeing tours so that you will experience exactly what you are selling to your clients.

Sunday, April 17 Sightseeing and Cruise Ship Inspections *Schedule is tentative

Visit for updated schedule of events as well as seminar additions.

Official Dates: April 14-17, 2011 Location:

Expo events take place in the beautiful Puerto Rico Convention Center, the newest and largest center in the Caribbean.



Details coming soon. Please visit for the latest information

Luxury Accommodations Await You

Caribe Hilton 1 San Geronimo Street San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901 Phone: (787) 721-0303 $139 Set on an exclusive peninsula, made up of 17 acres of lush tropical gardens. This location is ideally situated between historic old San Juan and the exciting Condado area, offering a secluded beach, lavish accommodations and amenities tailored to families, couples and business travelers alike. It is also just a 15-minute drive from Luis Muñoz Marín Airport and five minutes from San Juan’s new Convention Center.

Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza 999 Ashford Avenue San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907 Phone: (888) 722-1274

La Concha a Renaissance Resort 1077 Ashford Avenue San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907 Phone: (787) 721-7500

Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino 200 Convention Boulevard San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907 Phone: (787) 993-3500




A luxury property overlooking both the Atlantic Ocean and Condado Lagoon, this exclusive San Juan hotel provides an enchanting setting. Whether traveling for work or play, this stunning hotel offers an ideal experience - elegant event venues, three pools, a 24-hour casino, and a vibrant nightlife.This property is 5 minutes to historic Old San Juan, one mile from the Convention Center, and 10 minutes from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.

Situated on a breathtaking, sunsplashed corner of prime Caribbean beachfront in Condado, San Juan’s most elegant district. Fifteen minutes or less from Old San Juan and close to the most popular tourist destinations and the financial center, Not only conveniently located, but has everything the business and leisure traveler could possibly desire within the hotel itself.

Situated in the midst of the Puerto Rico Convention Center District and next to the marina, this hotel is a district centerpiece that is conveniently located just 10 minutes from the international airport and five minutes from historic Old San Juan.

*To reserve your room for the International Destination Expo, contact the hotel of your choice directly. La Concha rate does not include resort fees. All rates are subject to tax.

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ASTA IDE 2011 San Juan Puerto Rico  

The Islands of Puerto Rico is the 2011 location for ASTA's ASTA’s innovative conference developed to provide travel agents with in-depth, in...

ASTA IDE 2011 San Juan Puerto Rico  

The Islands of Puerto Rico is the 2011 location for ASTA's ASTA’s innovative conference developed to provide travel agents with in-depth, in...