Routes Americas 2016

The route development forum for the Americas

San Juan, Puerto Rico
17 – 19 February 2016

Networking Events

Welcome Reception

The Routes Americas Welcome Reception will take place at the El Capitolio, just outside the walls of Old San Juan.

Location: El Capitolio

Time: 18:30 - 20:30

Dress Code: Business attire 

Networking Evening

The Networking Evening will take place at the El Cuartel de Ballaja.

Location: El Cuartel de Ballaja 

Time: 19:30 - 00:00

Dress code: Caribbean casual, delegates are invited to wear white. 

El Cuartel de Ballaja (The Ballaja Infantry Barracks Building) was constructed by the Spanish army between 1854 and 1864. The structure is one of the most impressive constructed by Spain in the New World and it stands as the last example of monumental military architecture by the Spanish Monarchy in the Americas.

Located on a lot of approximately three acres between Morovis, Beneficencia and Norzagaray streets, y occupies six city blocks of the Ballaja community (Barrrio Ballaja) that were expropriated and demolished in 1853.

Used until 1898 as infantry barracks and permanent housing for aproximately a thousand soldiers, it consisted of rooms for officers, solders and their families, storage, kitchens, dining rooms, jail cells and stables for horses. The ascending vaulted gothic ceilings above the main staircase are unique in Puerto Rico

On the 12th of May in 1898, during the bombing of San Juan by Admiral William T. Sampson's United State of America naval squadron, the northwest side the Barracks were damaged. After the change of sovereignty the Americans also used the facilities as barracks until 1939. After that date it became the Rodríguez Hospital .

This important historic resource built for military purposes, has evolved with the passage of time becoming a cultural center, rendering tribute to Puerto Rico's rich cultural heritage.

After Party 

The Routes Americas After Party will take place at the Caribe Hilton Beach Hotel.

Location: Caribe Hilton Beach Hotel 

Time: 17:30 - 19:30

Dress Code: Smart casual 

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The After Party will take place at the stunning Caribe Hilton Beach Hotel.  Join us on the gazebo beach area for music, cocktails and hors-d'oeuvres.


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