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Description: The award winning Montego Bay Convention Centre (MBCC), the largest convention facility of its kind in the English –speaking Caribbean, has won the World Travel Award for the Caribbean’s leading meeting and conference centre for six consecutive years from 2011 to 2016.
The Montego Bay Convention Centre has carved out premier venue status in the Caribbean. This highly regarded facility hosted several major events, most recently, FOROMIC 2016, Caribbean Development Bank’s 46th Annual Board of Governors Meeting, LatinFinanace 2nd Caribbean Finance and Investment Forum and Inter-American Network on Government Procurement 7th Conference and IOSCO 2017.
Opened in 2011, the SMG managed facility is one of a select few in the Caribbean to offer both comprehensive meeting spaces and modern amenities. The centre’s more than 139,000 square feet of space has been designed to accommodate exhibitions, conventions and galas, with built-in technology features such as projectors and projection screens. Bedsides its intelligent design, the MBCC is also visually striking. Attendees have views of both the coast and the mountains and the centre’s plantation style shutters and cut stone work recall Jamaica’s classic Georgian style of architecture.
The open-air layout of the facility- the meeting, exhibition and ballroom spaces are all housed in three separate buildings, and connect via outdoor walkways –giving attendees the chance to get outside more than the typical convention centre might allow. Many of the MBCC’s indoor spaces feature plenty of natural light, and the property offers a number of outdoor event spaces, like the 17,000-square-foot Ocean View Terrace – which accommodates up to 1,500 for banquet style functions – and the MBCC’S courtyard, capable of holding up to 2,600 guests for receptions within its 25,000 square feet space.
The MBCC’s largest space the 57,525 –square-feet Exhibition Hall, this impressive space spans two buildings and offers room for 282 booths as well as 4,700 guests seated banquet style or 6,200 seated theatre style. For special events, the 18,684-square-foot Grand Ballroom can seat up to 1,580 for banquets-and for meetings, nine meeting rooms offer 10,161 square feet, with the largest accommodating up to 600 attendees. The centre’s entire pre-function lobby areas come outfitted with built in reception desks and comfortable seating.
Supporting these spaces are the MBCC’s well-equipped catering facilities. A 15,000-square-foot kitchen, along with additional prep spaces, means that everything from tea breaks to five-course banquets run seamlessly.
Montego Bay, the tourism capital and second-largest city in Jamaica also offers groups, conveniences such as duty-free shopping— as well as plenty to do and see. Groups can cruise the bioluminescent Luminous Lagoon, snorkel or swim in the pale aqua waters of Doctor’s Cave Beach, visit working plantations that grow pineapple and sugarcane, shop the craft markets, take a horseback ride on the beach, or hit the nightclubs that line the Hip Strip. Also popular is the 18th-century Rose Hall Plantation and Great House, for which the area is named. In addition, meeting-related expenses incurred in Jamaica by U.S.-based groups qualify as tax-deductible.
Features: Audio Visual Services, Auditorium-Permanent, Bus Loading/Unloading, Bus
Parking, Catering, Computer Rental, Decorating Services, IT Lines, Pre-Function Space, Security, Speaker Ready Room, Sports Arena, Storage Facilities
Guest Services: ATM, Airline Desks, Bar, Business Center, Cafe, Casual dining,
Coat Check, Concierge, Data Ports,First Aid, Food Court, Formal Dining,
Gift Shop, Internet Cafe, Massage, News Access, Online Exhibitor Service Desks,
Parking, Public Lockers, Public Phones, Public Transportation Access, Shoe Shine, Taxi Cab Access
Green/Environmental Initiatives: Green Areas, Water recycling