Nearest airport: Santiago Airport (SCL)
Flight time from New York: approx. 10 hours 40 minutes
Recommended aircraft for 189 passengers: Boeing 737-800, commonly referred to as Boeing 737 Next Generation. The largest of the Boeing 737 family this aircraft is capable of seating up to 189 passengers, which is ideal for those planning a larger incentive, conference or exhibition.
Largest event venues: Espacio Riesco – over 290,000 square feet, with a capacity of up to 8,000 – is suitable for all types of large scale meetings and events.
While Chile may be one of the more obscure choices for meetings and events due to its location, Santiago's unique atmosphere of urban remoteness paired with a great sense of organization make it an attractive destination for event planners. The growing culinary arts and cultural scene of Santiago leave something more to the imagination to be discovered, and this makes the capital (and largest city of Chile) an opportune choice to venture to new territory and reach higher ground with business meetings, corporate events, or incentive trips.
Whether throwing a large event or one-on-one meetings, the gentle spirit of Santiago is strong and allows for intimate moments and meaning meetings. A walk around the Plaza de Armas in the main square will lead to interesting conversations for one-on-one meetings. A cable car or funicular ride up to San Cristobal Hill followed by a hike back down is perfect exercise for team building. While the day and night activities of the city include museums, sports, arts and food, Santiago’s location in the southern hemisphere (further south than the typical equator-centric MICE destinations) allows the ability to ski the surrounding Andes mountains during the North American summer months (July to October). And for events, guests can count on the fine wines from Chilean vineyards for warmth, along with a deeper understanding of famed Santiago poet Pablo Neruda.
Chile has a high level of safety and a well-developed infrastructure that supports MICE tourism. Santiago has first-class convention centers, including Santiago Business and Conference Center and the Marriott Sheraton Santiago. A group charter offers added convenience for a personalized direct flight to Chile from North America, and a private charter can also conveniently fly your group from Santiago Airport to Easter Island's Mataveri International Airport (the only route to get there) to experience the stone monuments at Rapa Nui.