President Barack Obama's arrival in Jamaica today to meet with Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders is historic as it is the second visit by a sitting U.S. President. (President Ronald Reagan visited in 1992.) President Obama and his delegation were hosted in uptown Kingston's fashionable New Kingston, an ideal setting for official meetings, conferences and business meeting as it is the heart of the business and financial district.
Planning a meeting in Kingston? During downtime, attendees can visit popular attractions in close proximity to New Kingston including Devon House Heritage Site, the Bob Marley Museum (once the home of the international reggae superstar), Jamaica House (the Jamaican Prime Minister's residence), and King's House(the Governor General's residence).
Guests in search of nightlife will find it at The Quad, a multi-level New Kingston nightclub and Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records.
According to Jamaica's Daily Gleaner newspaper, 900 rooms are required to accommodate President Obama's party and the Caricom delegations. The following hotels were sold out in conjunction with the official visits:
A world class business hotel, Jamaica Pegasus, where President Barack Obama and his delegation will be staying in a few days, has 300 guest rooms including 116 deluxe rooms and 184 suites. Event planners organizing family-friendly group events will be interested in knowing that there are 11 one-bedroom luxury suites, and 3 royal 2-bedroom luxury suites.
There are 5 fully equipped meeting rooms with a maximum capacity ranging from 150 to 600 for the largest (Grand Jamaican Suite). The Paul Bogle and Marcus Garvey Suites on the first floor can accommodate boardroom style meetings for 12 attendees. The gardens are available for receptions and tea parties.
Knutsford Court has 143 recently renovated rooms in 5 categories. In addition to superior rooms, there are junior suites, 1 bedroom suites and a 2-bedroom townhouse with patio.
Knutsford Court has 10,000 square feet of function space including 6 meeting rooms. The largest has a capacity of 300.
A modern boutique hotel, Spanish Court has 108 guest rooms including junior and penthouse suites. All rooms offer VOIP Phones, iPod docking stations, and iPod clock radios. Sky Terrace and Mountain Deck are available for corporate events.
The Courtleigh Hotel regularly hosts dignitaries, celebrities and royalty. The hotel has 89 deluxe rooms and 38 luxury suites with traditional Jamaican furniture (including 4-poster mahogany beds). All rooms have irons and ironing boards, coffee/tea makers and hair dryers.
The hotel has an executive boardroom for 6 attendees and 3 meeting rooms with maximum capacities ranging from 25 - 80 banquet style and 30 - 100 theatre style. There is an outdoor garden terrace for receptions for up to 120 guests.
This Great House with old world European ambiance was built as a private mansion in 1924. In 1959, it was purchased and transformed into an elegant boutique hotel near New Kingston. The hotels has 35 guest rooms and 7 function rooms that can accommodate meetings and groups of 6 to 230. The lawns and gardens are frequently used for receptions and tea parties.
For resorts where attendees can stay when meetings are over check out Jamaica: Luxury Resorts Where the Rich and Famous Stay.
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