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- Population: 1,030,149 people.
- Climate: Humid tropical.
- Temperature: 25 ° C to 35 ° C
- Relative humidity: 90%
- Access: Air, Maritime, Fluvial and Terrestrial.
- Location: 10c to 20 ‘North Latitude – 73c 33’ West Latitude.
- Altitude: 2 meters. Above sea level.
- Extension: 609.1 Km 2
- Currency: Colombian Peso.
- Economic activity: Tourist Services, Commercial. Petrochemical, Logistic and Port Industry
Cartagena de Indias is a Colombian city located on the coast of the Caribbean Sea.
It was founded by the Spanish conqueror Pedro de Heredia on June 1, 1533. It is considered Colombia’s Jewel in the Caribbean because of its beautiful historic architecture and romantic setting. In the battle of Cartagena during the siege of the English Navy in 1741, it was defended by the legendary Spanish admiral Blas de Lezo, popularly known as El Patapalo (The Pegleg) and El Mediohombre (The Half-man) because his numerous battle wounds have left him missing a leg, an arm and an eye.
Cartagena is also known as La Heroica (The Heroic). It became independent of Spain on November 11, 1811, a date that is celebrated every year. UNESCO declared it as Historical and Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 1984.
Several characters and events have marked the history of Cartagena. For example, in the 1940s the city’s main newspaper, El Universal, published the first journalistic articles of Gabriel García Márquez, one of Cartagena’s most famous sons who went on to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Cartagena was the source of inspiration of many of the characters and settings in García Márquez’s novels and stories. These places and characters are still alive in the city and you can feel it when you walk.
This city has also been the stage for the production of films, some of them are: Burn! (Marlon Brando) in 1969; Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Francesco Rossi) in 1987; Love in the Time of Cholera (Mike Newell) in 2007; L’homme de Chevet (Sophie Marceau) in 2009; In the name of the Son (Pierre Javaux) in 2012, and the 1997 British/Italian television series, Nostromo.
Cartagena is also a conference center of global importance and has an excellent infrastructure for this purpose. Among the guests who have honoured the city were Yasser Arafat, Fidel Castro, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama the king and queen of Spain and Prince Charles and Lady Di from the UK.
Among the regional and global summits that have been hosted in the city are the Ibero-American Summit in 1994, attended by 21 Heads of Government and State of Latin America, Portugal and Spain, and the Summit of Non-Aligned Countries in 1995.
More recently, Cartagena hosted the Summit of the Americas in April 2012. Including the presence of US President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and more than 30 heads of government and state of the Americas, from Canada to Argentina. However, one of Cartagena’s most historic events was the signing of the Final Peace Agreement between the Colombian Government and the rebel group known as the FARC in September 2016. The Nobel Peace Prize winner and Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, and the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, led the event which included the presence of victims of the Colombian conflict, as well as US Secretary of State John Kerry and Cuban President Raul Castro. On this same day, in this context, President Santos declared a Cartagena as “La Ciudad de la Paz de Colombia” (The City of Peace of Colombia). Although a small majority of Colombians in a plebiscite that took place in October 2016 rejected that agreement, the agreements signed at Cartagena served as a solid basis for the definitive agreement signed in Bogota a few weeks later.
Cartagena has positioned itself as the most important industrial city on Colombia´s Caribbean coast. Cartagena is the undisputed leader of the petrochemical industry and port logistics, boasting the most modern refinery and the forth largest port in Latin America.
This colonial gem is also the number one tourist destination in Colombia and 9th overall for events in Latin America according to the 2015 ICCA Ranking.
The information in this section was written with Cartagena de Indias Convention Bureau’s support, entity in charge of positioning the city at national and international level as an ideal destination for business tourism. Visit: www.cartagenaconventionbureau.com
Now Cartagena is ready to host the IAMCR 2017 Conference, a challenge for which it is well prepared.
Cartagena de Indias Convention Center
The Conference will be held in El Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias (http://www.cccartagena.com/en/), in Cartagena, which offers an auditorium for 2000 people and 31 rooms for working groups, fully equipped with the technology we need. Located in Getsemani, the cultural quarter of Cartagena, just a few steps from one of the most famous landmarks of Cartagena’s historic center, the Clock Tower, the Cartagena de Indias Convention Center is at the heart of this vibrant city. Cartagena’s pristine colonial architecture and historical setting offers up a dazzling backdrop to every kind of business meeting or social event.
The Cartagena de Indias Convention Center boasts more than 30 years of experience as one of the most important convention centers and congress venues in South America. Our staff and installations work tirelessly day-in, day-out to ensure that all the meetings and events held in our state-of-the-art facilities are an unprecedented success, unlocking untold business opportunities and contacts at both national and international level.
Since it opened in 1982, the Cartagena de Indias Convention Centre has hosted some of the most important events in Colombia’s history:
- 1982 XXII General Assembly Inter-American Development Bank
- 1994 G8 Summit
- 1995 XI Summit of the Heads of State of the Non-Aligned States
- 2000 IV Summit of the Ibero-American Heads of State
- 2007 IV International Congress of the Spanish Language
- 2007 XVII General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization
- 2009 The Second Review Conference of the Ottawa Convention on Anti-Personnel Mines
- 2010 World Economic Forum on Latin America
- 2011 10th Conference on the Basel Convention
- 2012 The VI Summit of the Americas
Important note – If you need to call from a cell phone to a landline number in Cartagena (7 digits) dial 035 + 7 digit number.
If you need to call an emergency number (3 digits) you do not need to dial the city code.
Cruz Roja: 132 / 662 5311
Banco Regional de Sangre Cruz Roja: 662 6381
Ambulancias: 667 5244
Health Services: 125
Clínica de Maternidad Bocagrande: 665 4953
Clínica AMI: 656 2747
Hospital Naval de Cartagena: 665 5361
Hospital Bocagrande: 665 5270
Centro Médico Bocagrande: 665 2318
Policía Nacional: 112 – 123
Inteligencia Policía: 157
Brigada Infantería de Marina: 152
Defensa Civil: 660 2288
CAI´s (Comandos de Atención Inmediata): 156
CAI El Laguito: 665 2889
CAI Crespo: 666 0869
CAI Centro (Parque Centenario): 664 0211
CAI Bocagrande: 665 5977
Línea Efectiva: 660 9999
Guardia Bocagrande: 665 7676
Atención de Desastres: 111
Control Ruido: 135
Estación de Guardacostas: 655 0316
ASOBOCALA (Asociación de Vecinos de Bocagrande, Castillogrande y El Laguito): 665 4899
Tránsito Departamental: 126
Tránsito Distrital: 127
Guardacostas: Comando: 665 0316 / Estación: 146