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Come play bridge and discover the wonderful things Guatemala has to offer.

About the Tournament

The 29th Central American and Caribbean Bridge Federation Zonal Championships & International Tournament is to be held in the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, a UNESCO Heritage Site and one of the most important and well-preserved colonial cities of Latin America.

The tournament includes the following events: Open Pairs, National Teams, Women's, Seniors' and Transnational Teams. The competition is open to participants from all over the world in the Open and Transnational Teams and Pairs Championships.

The Tournament Director of the event will be Mr. Maurizio Di Sacco from Italy. Mr. Di Sacco is the Tournament's General Manager of the World Bridge Federation, European Bridge League. He is also the Director of the School of Tournament Directors of the European Bridge League and Italian Bridge Federation.

Schedule

The tournament will be held from April 27th to May 6th 2017. Pair Events starts April 28th at 11am. Team Events starts May 1st at 11am.

The schedule of play is as follows:

Thursday April 27th
Opening cocktail and Tournament Registration
Friday April 28th
Pairs Qualifying
Saturday April 29th
Pairs Qualifying
Sunday April 30th
Pairs Finals
Pairs Consolation
Monday May 1st
Transnational and National Teams Qualifying Round Robin
Tuesday May 2nd
Transnational and National Teams Qualifying Round Robin
Wednesday May 3rd
Transnational and National Teams Qualifying Round Robin
Thursday May 4th
Day off to visit tourist attractions
Friday May 5th
Teams Final and Swiss Teams Consolation
Saturday May 6th
Teams Final and Swiss Teams Consolation
Closing Ceremony

Tournament Fees and Rules

US $160
For the Pair Events

US $800
For the National Team Events

US$ 500
For Transnational Team Events

Fees are to be paid in cash or with a major credit card at the tournament check-in. If you pay with credit card there will be a surcharge of 7%. Payment should be done in person prior to the start of play at the tournament check-in.

Hotel

The tournament is held at the fabulous Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua Guatemala's premier hotel. We highly recommend you book your stay at this hotel, since the tournament is being played there. We have also organized a lunch buffet to facilitate the tournament schedule. Please take note: Make sure you book your hotel using your Group Code 349721 after you register with us.

US$185 for individual room (breakfast and taxes included)
US$200 for double room (two breakfasts and taxes included)

To keep things simple, the special rate with the hotel already includes taxes and breakfast. This is important if you compare prices online, as many online sites do not include taxes (22%) and breakfast in the hotel rate.

If you have trouble with your hotel reservation, please contact the hotel at bridge@guatemalabridge.com, or via telephone at +502 5203 0867.

Transport

Players are required to arrive at Guatemala City's International Airport, usually referred to as La Aurora International Airport (GUA).

It is very important to inform the tournament organizers of your flight schedule (arrival and departure information) on the registration form, as the tournament venue is 45 minutes from the Airport. For modifications on your flight information, please contact Anita García.

Anita Garcia / Logistics Coordinator
info@guatemalabridge.com

About Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala

The tournament will be held in the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important and well-preserved colonial cities of Latin America. It is located 45 away from Guatemala City. Antigua Guatemala is a wonderful place with a unique culture, great for tourism, easy access to and from the airport, with a wide array of hotel accommodations, restaurants for all taste pallets, local markets, vivid street life, and one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world.

Guatemala

Also known as the land of the Mayas, Guatemala has a rich culture and traditions that extend thousands of years. It is a small country that offers spectacular natural sites, some of the most wonderful textiles, and beautiful people that hold tradition dear to their hearts.

Air Travel

There are direct flights from many places in the U.S. including New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Houston and Miami, making Guatemala easily accessible from North America and the Caribbean. A direct flight from Panama makes it easy to connect from anywhere in South America. From Europe there is direct flight from Madrid through Iberia.

Visas

Most countries in the region do not require Travel Visa to visit Guatemala.

Players from Latin America and the Caribbean that require a Travel Visa to Guatemala are Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Ecuador, Guyana, Granada, Jamaica and Suriname (in many cases if you have a visa for USA, Canada or the European Union, you are exempt from visa to Guatemala).

For a complete list of the countries that require visa to Guatemala you can consult the following list.

Security

Being Antigua Guatemala such an important tourist hotspot, visitors are free to move around in complete tranquility. Security is an important topic related to some Central American countries, but it does not apply to Antigua Guatemala.

Tourist Attractions

Antigua Guatemala is the number one destination in Guatemala; it offers all the facilities to accommodate tourists from all over the world. The city is located in a beautiful valley surrounded by volcanoes and plantations that produce some of the best coffee in the world.

Antigua Guatemala is also a two-hour drive from one of the most spectacular natural wonders, lake Atitlán, described by Aldous Huxley as the most beautiful lake in the world.

Antigua Guatemala is also located 40 minute drive from the Pacific Coast that allow visitors to practice world class sport fishing, especially sailfish and marlin.

A two-hour drive from Antigua Guatemala and you reach Chichicastenango home to the brightest and most vibrant native market in all of the Americas, with a vast array of local fabrics, textiles, clothing, masks, wood-crafted items, and pottery at very affordable prices.

Golf

Built on a historic coffee plantation, La Reunion Golf Course and Resort is surrounded by four stunning volcanoes, and only a twenty-minute drive from Antigua Guatemala. An 18-hole golf course designed by legendary architect Pete Dye, is sure to challenge every golfer with its architecture and captivate them with breathtaking views of the Volcan de Fuego and the Pacific Coastline.

A Mayan Metropolis

The Mayan city of Tikal is situated in the lowland rainforest of northern Guatemala, and is one of the top tourist attractions in Guatemala due to its beauty and ancient wonders. Tikal once boasted a bustling population of a quarter million or more. Today, however, all that is left of this ancient metropolis is a number of beautiful Mayan ruins. A large wildlife sanctuary surrounds the city. You'll need to set aside a minimum of two days for this natural gem. Tikal is accessible by a 30-minute flight from Guatemala City's airport. Air plane tickets and hotel accommodations can be booked for you by tournament organizers upon your arrival at the tournament.

Contact and Help

For any further information about the tournament, please contact us directly, and we will do our best to respond promptly.

Andres Spinola / Tournament Chairman
bridge@guatemalabridge.com

Anita Garcia / Logistics Coordinator
info@guatemalabridge.com

For more information
info@guatemalabridge.com
+502 5203 0867

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the tournament fees?

US $160
For the Pair Events

US $800
For the National Team Events

US$ 500
For Transnational Team Events

Fees are to be paid in cash or with a major credit card at the tournament check-in.
If you pay with credit card there will be a surcharge of 7%.
Payment should be done in person prior to the start of play at the tournament check-in.

Which is the tournament hotel?

The tournament is held at the fabulous Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua Guatemala's premier hotel. We highly recommend you book your stay at this hotel, since the tournament is being played there, and we have also organized a lunch buffet to facilitate the tournament schedule.

Are there special rates for the hotel?

The tournament is held at the fabulous Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua Guatemala's premier hotel. We highly recommend you book your stay at this hotel, since the tournament is being played there. We have also organized a lunch buffet to facilitate the tournament schedule. When booking your room please be sure to use the Group Code 349721.

US$185 for individual room (breakfast and taxes included)
US$200 for double room (two breakfasts and taxes included).

To keep things simple, the special rate with the hotel already includes taxes and breakfast. This is important if you compare prices online, as many online sites do not include taxes (22%) and breakfast in the hotel rate.

If you have trouble with your hotel reservation, please contact
+502 5203 0867
bridge@guatemalabridge.com

Does the meal plan limit you to a specific restaurant?

No it does not.
If you book your room in Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, breakfast is included in our special promotion. We have also arranged a special lunch buffet with the hotel where the tournament is being played. This lunch buffet is $25 per day, if you want to take advantage of this option it has to be paid when you check in with the tournament´s administration. You can have dinner at one of the two top notch restaurants in the hotel, or you can eat out in the wide range of restaurant options Antigua Guatemala has to offer.

How do I travel to Guatemala?

There are direct flights from many places in the U.S. including New York, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles and Houston, making Guatemala easily accessible from North America and the Caribbean as well as Panama, which makes it easy to take a connection flight from anywhere in South America.

What is the security situation in Guatemala?

Being Antigua Guatemala such an important tourist hotspot the security is not an issue. Security is an important topic related to some Central American countries, but it does not apply to Antigua Guatemala.

Tourists in Antigua Guatemala are free to move around in complete tranquility.

If I come alone, will I find a partner?

We recommend you come with a partner to play the Pair Events. We can arrange to help you find a second pair to be able to compete in the Team Events.

What entertainment is there in addition to bridge?

The schedule of play is in the morning, afternoon and early evening but we encourage all participants to take advantage of the many things Antigua Guatemala has to offer.

Antigua Guatemala is a UNESCO Heritage Site and one of the most important and well-preserved colonial cities of Latin America. Antigua Guatemala is a wonderful place with a unique culture, great for tourism, with a wide array of local markets, vivid street life, historical sites, and many natural attractions.

My spouse doesn't play bridge.  What is there for him/her to do at the hotel?

First of all, your non-playing partner is very welcome to attend all the evening cocktail parties and other tournament entertainment. Antigua is popular among tourists at all times of the year and is teeming with great restaurants, flowered courtyards and dozens of spanish-language schools.

The Hotel Casa Santo Domingo is a world renowned hotel built in a historical site. The hotel has two museums, there is also a spa and two swimming pools. This colonial city is probably best known for the beautiful spanish-style architecture and cobblestone streets built in the 16th century, the many churches and monasteries, and the majestic volcanoes looming on all sides.

La Antigua has preserved its colonial charm over the years and offers a perfect climate that makes it the prime destination for tourists. Visitors can enjoy shopping at any of the many markets located within the city as well as visit the ruins of the old convents.

Built on a historic coffee plantation, La Reunion Golf Course and Resort is surrounded by four stunning volcanoes, and only a twenty-minute drive from Antigua Guatemala. An 18-hole golf course designed by legendary architect Pete Dye, is sure to challenge every golfer with its architecture and captivate them with breathtaking views of the Volcano de Fuego and the Pacific Coastline.

For more information

For any further information about the tournament please contact us directly, and we will do our best to respond promptly.

Andres Spinola / Tournament Chairman
bridge@guatemalabridge.com

Anita Garcia / Logistics Coordinator
info@guatemalabridge.com

Telephone +502 5203 0867

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