Venue + Accommodation


ISTS41 will be held at the Hilton Cartagena Hotel which is set on the tropical beachside above the El Laguito Peninsula, six kilometers from Cartagena’s ancient walled city. The fresh sea breeze and views will sure inspire all your sea turtle dreams and ideas!

The resort features dedicated event and conference facilities and onsite accommodation. There are a variety of onsite catering options that are suitable for varying budgets. If you are looking for entertainment, the resort has a number of outdoor pools, a variety of bars, tennis courts, and other fitness options.


ISTS41 delegates will receive a special room rate which includes breakfast and free internet connection at the lounge. The cost per night is as follows:

  • Single accommodation: COP$ 535,000 (approx. US$111)
  • Double accommodation: COP$ 583,000 (approx. US$121)
  • Triple accommodation: COP$ 688,000 (approx. US$143)

Note that US dollar exchange rate fluctuates daily. At the time of making the reservation, please verify the dollar exchange rate of that day.

To book at the ISTS41 special rate, please contact the Hilton Cartagena directly through the Reservations Department by email or telephone (+57 605 694 8000 ext. 1222, 1223, and 1224) and provide the group code GLTMSI. Please note that there is a limited allowance of rooms at the special ISTS41 rate and so we encourage you to book your accommodation soon.

Keep in mind: taxes to pay

Take into account that there are three permits that a foreign citizen can receive when entering Colombia:

  1. Tourism Permit (PT): rest, recreation, culture, health, events, conventions or business activities.
  2. Integration and Development Permit (PID): non-formal studies, personal or judicial efforts, journalistic work, official commissions, importance to the State, international agreements and treaties.
  3. Permit for Other Activities (POA): attend concerts, artistic activities, transit, connections, stopovers, specialized technical assistance, crew members and shore pass.

Make sure that when you go through immigration upon entering Colombia, the officer marks your passport as PT (Tourism Permit), in this way your stay will be exempt from paying the 19% tax on lodging services.