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From Puerto Rico: Developing the Second Annual IPI Latin Parking Conference

I just returned from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which has a rich history dating  back to Christopher Columbus’ second voyage to the Americas in 1493. This diverse series of islands has served as a landing spot for voyagers, adventurers, developers, and individuals seeking the islands’ hidden beauty. What many people don’t know about this gem of the Caribbean is that it is just a few hours’ direct flight from most locations within the U.S., Mexico, Central, and South America.

This December 10-12, the International Parking Institute (IPI), working with a host committee comprised of parking professionals from Puerto Rico, Colombia, Panama, Mexico, Chile, and Peru, will launch our own voyage by hosting the second IPI Latin Parking Conference & Expo, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

While we knew we had strong local interest to bring education and technology to an event to Puerto Rico, my trip to this wonderful place has given me a bird’s eye view of the overall parking landscape. Parking in Puerto Rico is mostly free. That provides many challenges and also many opportunities in communicating with local government officials and with communities. There are many challenges here; IPI is eager to showcase industry best practices and to enable our member experts to share parking management, best practices, and new technologies that could provide a much-needed revenue stream to support municipal, university, and medical center activities.

With assistance from IPI representatives from the Sifontes Group and Desarrollafora LCP, the December Latin Parking Conference will showcase new thinking in managing parking operations, provide for demonstrations of the latest equipment and technology available to the parking and transportation industry, and allow Conference attendees to explore all the beauty that is Puerto Rico. The conference will be presented in English with Spanish translation provided.

Be on the lookout for more information about this event as we continue to expand the borders of why Parking Matters®.

About Shawn Conrad, CAE

Shawn Conrad, CAE, is executive director of the International Parking Institute.


  1. Luis Maldonado says:

    Shawn, how do I get involved?

    • Luis,
      We would love for you to be involved! Let’s you and I connect via email directly at We have tons of opportunities to get you involved including exhibiting opportunities and sponsorship pacakges. IPI is excited about the new opportunities for outreach in this market!

      In the coming weeks, more information will be available on our website including registration and a floor plan with sponsorship opportunties and travel information. We will also be sharing detailed information via direct mailings and targeted updates to our membership. Im positive you are on our list, however, please shoot me over your detailed information and I’ll make sure you receive all updates and are able to register as soon as registration opens (end of July 2012).

      I’ll be on the look out for your email and answering any other additional questions you may have in the meantime.


  2. Are there exhibitor opportunities?

    • Shawn Conrad says:

      Thanks for asking! We are finalizing all the details and I will be sharing something with our membership in the very near future.

      Hope you are doing well and see you at CPPA.

    • Alex,

      There will be exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities at this upcoming event. I will have detailed information soon but it will be limited and on a first-come first-served basis.

      Alex, I’ll definitely drop you an email as soon as all the pieces are in place and you can register.

      Looking forward to expanding our borders.

  3. Joe Buntyn says:

    I need pricing info to be an exhibitor also agenda.

  4. Hello,

    From the Hospitality and Tourism point of view, it is great news that the IPI Latin Parking Conference & Expo will be held in the island again. Having these type of events is always a great bennefit for our industries. We wish you great success and thank you for coming back to Puerto Rico.

    We are always at your best disposition.

    Rebecca Evarts Gómez
    Government Sales Manager
    Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort
    7012 Boca de Cangrejos Ave., Carolina, PR 00979
    Phone: 787-253-2316 Mobile: 787-527-7369
    Fax: 787-791-1460

  5. Jay Garcia says:

    Bonny hope all is well. please contac me via email at you convinience.

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