Bogota as a destination for meetings and events

Date: 25 November, 2023
  • Strategically located in the heart of the Americas, with an average flight time of 5 hours to various destinations in the continent, it is considered the gateway to South America, facilitating communication with the world.
  • This international hub in Latin America stands out for leading cargo transportation with more than 780,000 tons transported in 2022, and for being the second in passenger movement, with a total of 35.5 million passengers that same year.
  • It is a market of 11 million people, including its metropolitan area, which offers a skilled and diverse workforce of more than 6 million people.

Bogota, Colombia. October 2023. Bogota, the capital of Colombia, has become one of the main epicenters of the Meetings Industry in Latin America, due to it’s modern infrastructure to host events of different types and formats, for its b) business environment and for being a knowledge center in the Region, as well as a cultural and natural destination to discover, enjoy and have fun.

When you think of it as a world-class destination for meetings and events, the Colombian capital is at the top of the list of event organizers, because it offers versatility and is prepared to host different events. It´s strategically located in the heart of the Americas, with an average flight time of 5 hours to the main capitals of the continent, which is why Bogota is considered the gateway to South America, facilitating the communication with the world.

Through El Dorado International Airport, located within the city, it boasts the largest air connectivity in the country, with more than 80 direct routes, of which 50% are international. This hub in Latin America stands out for leading cargo transportation with more than 780,000 tons transported in 2022, and for being the second in passenger movement, with a total of 35.5 million passengers that same year.

Bogota has a modern and state-of-the-art infrastructure, offering a wide variety of venues for events, with more than 100 conventional and non-conventional, flexible and modular spaces, with capacities ranging from 10 to 4,500 people in auditorium format, ideal for academic-scientific meetings, and up to 24,000 spectators, for artistic and cultural events. It has the First integrated District of fairs, events and conventions of Colombia, composed by Agora Convention Center, Hilton Bogota Corferias and Corferias (Exhibition Center), with 165,000 sq.mtrs, 68 meeting rooms, among others.

Likewise, the city has more than 29,000 rooms and 45,000 beds of accommodation in recognized national and international brands, managed by a highly trained and committed human talent, willing to offer solutions to the requirements of experienced event organizers, in a wide range of priority and complementary service providers that implement sustainable practices and have competitive prices.

On the other hand, Bogota has become the epicenter of knowledge and business in Latin America. It is a market of 11 million people, including its metropolitan area, which offers a skilled and diverse workforce of more than 6 million people. All this, thanks to its attractive and robust educational approach. Today, it is home of 120 prestigious universities, including two of the best in Latin America. The city accounts for 39% of the country’s PhDs, 35% of active research groups and 35% of technologists and technicians.

The capital offers one of the best business environments in Latin America, contributing with the 24.4% of the national GDP (Gross Domestic Product). Its stable and outstanding economic growth of 9.5%, with respect to 2021, exceeds the country’s average (7.5%) and triples that of Latin America (2.7%), in the same period. 26.6% of multinational companies in Colombia are headquartered in Bogota, including more than 400 companies listed in the FORBES 2000 list (2021). In addition, more than 1,700 foreign companies will be established in the city (2022). Also, the operation and implementation of a Science, Technology and Innovation District is expected by 2026, consolidating its strategic position in the international commercial field.

Bogota is a multicultural destination

The capital belongs to one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet that brings together the beauty of an entire country, to discover, enjoy and have fun.

The experience of a meeting is enriched in a destination of warm and friendly people. A place of contrasts, ranging from art and urban culture in its historic center, with churches, old houses and museums, to a festival of flavors, colors and aromas in its gastronomy. The nightlife is vibrant, the shopping opportunities for jewelry, leather, textiles, as well as, community tourism and heritage, offer unique experiences. In addition, the city offers the tranquility of its parks and hills, with opportunities for bird watching, wildlife exploration, hiking and, in its surroundings, archaeological sites, pre-Columbian legends and even a salt cathedral.

The city offers to event organizers a professional and supportive destination team to make their experience unforgettable. All this, thanks to the Bogota Convention Bureau, which is responsible of the international bidding events strategy, as well as contributing to the positioning of the Bogota Region as a world-class destination for meetings and events.

About Invest in Bogota

Invest in Bogota is a promotion agency, attracting relevant investment and world-class meetings and events. Also, the agency articulates the high-impact entrepreneurship ecosystem for Bogota. A public-private initiative between the Mayor´s office and the Bogota Chamber of Commerce.

Our purpose is to contribute to the socio-economic development, competitiveness and quality of life of Bogota-Region, positioning it as the preferred destination for doing business in Latin America. For six consecutive years, it has been recognized as one of the best entities in its category in the world, and one of the four best in South America, Central America and the Caribbean, according to the international publication Site Selection in its annual Global Best to Invest Report.

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