With construction of its new Convention Centre speculated for a 2005 opening, Puerto Rico has been selected as the official host for the 129th General Conference of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) in September 2007.
The seven-day, city-wide convention is expected to attract over 4,000 attendees, more than approximately 8,000 room nights and an economic impact of roughly $3 million.
After selecting New Orleans, Las Vegas and Hawaii for its 2004, 2005 and 2006 conventions respectively, the NGAUS was proud to select Puerto Rico as another exotic and powerful venue for its 2007 conference.
“Puerto Rico was a wonderful choice for us for 2007 due to the island’s strong local National Guard support, its outstanding airport service and crucial hotel support,” said Major General Gus Hagett, NGAUS Chairman of the Board.
The Puerto Rico National Guard will be in charge of the group and all arrangements. The NGAUS group stressed the great cooperation between the Puerto Rico National Guard and the US National Guard and tremendous anticipation of championing the needs of the National Guard and promoting the economic contributions the conference will bring to the Island.
“We are very proud of all that Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Convention Center has to offer this group for their 129th convention,” said Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO of the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau, official marketing and sales agent for the new Convention Center. “It is an honour for our island to have the opportunity to showcase Puerto Rico’s capabilities as a group and convention destination to such a distinguished group of high caliber clients.”