SO WHY IS MEXICO SUCH A GREAT PLACE TO HAVE MEETINGS RIGHT NOW?
High-tech spaces, great value, easy access, versatility and that personal touch that the cultural community provides
Each incentive trip or meeting starts with an airplane ride- the more straightforward this can be, the better. That’s precisely why Mexico is a leading selection for so many U.S. and worldwide international programs. There are 57 international airports in Mexico, and hundreds of non-stop flights leaving from major U.S. cities as well as other top destinations.
Mexico provides one of the world’s most advanced meeting infrastructures. From colonial charm to sophisticated major cities, Mexico has the ideal incentive program or meeting space waiting for you.
With more than 500,000 luxury accommodations and 71 major convention facilities, Mexico offers a wide variety of choices for incentive and meeting planners. Many new centers are located in boutique destinations, which creates brand new opportunities for locals and planners alike. However, it is the hands-on and up-close experience with the culture and history of Mexico, which is embedded within highly diverse regions, which provides that special flair to group experiences as well as incentive and meeting planner itineraries.
TOP PROSPECTS AND MAJOR CITIES FOR MEETING IN MEXICO
The state of the art facilities and cosmopolitan lifestyle of Mexico City attracts world-class events of every size. Some of the largest facilities include the 485,000 square foot Centro Banamex and the 408,974 square foot Expo Bancomer Santa Fe. Other choices include the International Conference Center (ICC), a high-tech 280,076 square foot facility and the 269,000 square World Trade Center Mexico City.
Guadalajara’s Expo Guadalajara is one of the largest convention centers in Latin America with its 1,030,429 square feet of convention, meeting and expo space. The New Marriott Hotel in Leon is next to the Poliforum Leon Convention and Exhibit Center. It is also within walking distance of the historic center of Leon and offers 540,347 square feet of meeting and expo space. Monterrey’s 282,875 square foot Cintermex is popular for conventions and expos.
SEASIDE VENUES FOR MEETING IN MEXICO
A 154,074 square foot facility, is in high demand, given the dazzling Caribbean beaches nearby. The Lakam Center (which was formerly called the Cancun Messe) provides Cancun with another 275,000 square feet of exhibit space. The Veracruz World Trade Center, situated on the Gulf Coast, offers 178,551 square feet of functional and sophisticated space. Acapulco’s Expo Mundo Imperial, with its 478,820 square foot promenade and 731,680 square feet of exhibit space, is perfect for international events. The 176,000 square foot Acapulco International Convention Center offers a 1,200-seat auditorium and 2,000-seat amphitheater as part of its updated space.
From luxurious city suites to ocean-cliff villas, Mexico has something to please everyone. The 85,000 square feet Fairmont Acapulco Princes offers impressive space with a stunning seaside setting. Las Brisas Acapulco offers a 280-pax meeting space, private beach club and casitas which are ideal for incentives. The Banyan Tree Cabo Marques provides 50 pax glass-walled functional space and 47 ocean-cliff villas.
The Riviera Maya
Riviera Maya´s Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort, with its new $55 million revamp, provides guests with free A-list celebrity programs and 117,000 square feet of exhibit and convention space. Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort and Spa is next to the Cancun Center. It offers another 85,000 square feet of space. Secrets The Vine Cancun is ideal for posh incentives. It features 17,000 square feet of meeting space, 3,000 varieties of wine and Italian porcelain floors.
Riviera Maya’s Grand Velas All Suites and Spa Resort is a 5-star facility that offers 91,457 square feet of spa, event and resort space. It is also the largest convention resort. The 26,496 square foot Fairmont Mayakoba features the El Camaleon golf course and is ideal for medium and small-sized groups. For clients wanting a more chic and edgy vibe, the 25,000 square foot Paradisus Play del Carmen La Perla should be more to their liking.
Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta
Dreams Puerto Vallarta and Secrets Vallarta Bay in Puerto Vallarta share a 7,000 square event space. The Sheraton Bunganvillias Resort and Convention Center is now a 13,000 square foot facility after adding the 5,583 square foot Expo Center recently. The incentive and meeting favorites along the Riviera Nayarit include the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, feature a 300-capacity facility and Jack Nicklaus championship golf course, and the Grand Velas All Suites and Spa Resort (which in 2013 was voted as Mexico’s Best Hotel by U.S. News & World Report).
The Puebla Convention Center is the only convention center located in a UNESCO World Heritage site. It offers 100,000 square feet of space and provides groups with a glimpse into the area’s Spanish, Cuauhtinchan, Cholula and Tlaxcala roots. Cafes, antique shops and centuries worth of mixed architectural styles are abundant. The center was designed using three textile factories dating from the 19th century. The Yucatan Convention and Exhibition Center Siglo XXI in Merida is a 225,000 square foot facility that combines modern infrastructure with colonial charm. The Guanajuato Convention Center and Auditorium is an ideal venue for small programs. It offers 19,660 square feet of intricately designed space. The venue hosts the International Cervantes Festival.
Leon and Guadalajara
Located near the Expo Guadalajara, the RIU Plaza Guadalajara offers comfort and innovation. It has emerged as one of the top 30 meeting hotels in Mexico. There is a women’s only floor and also a 1,700 capacity conference space. The Hilton Guadalajara provides 40,000 square feet of meeting space as well as a 350-pax auditorium. In Leon, are two hotels with meeting space that are both conveniently located near the Poliforum Leon Convention Center.
The top choice in Merida is Fiesta Americana. It features 13 function room and luxurious Porfirian-style architecture. The Hyatt Regency, which was been renovated recently, features a 650-capacity function space and 60-pax rooftop pool. Both hotels are located in the swank city center of Merida.
Hyatt Regency (which was formerly Hotel Nikko) is a great choice for the posh Reforma and Polanco districts, with its revamped, 1,730-capacity meeting space. Other good options include the 7,665 square foot St. Regis Reforma and 1,200 square foot Presidente Intercontinental. The largest convention hotel in the city is the 45,000 square foot, split-level Hilton Mexico City Reforma. The trendy and chic Santa Fe district have new choices cropping up. Top choices include the Sheraton Suites Santa Fe, with event capacity to 700; Westin Santa Fe, which provides 16,000 square feet of meeting space and the JW Marriott Mexico City Santa Fe, featuring a 13,000 square foot functional space. Presidente Intercontinental Santa Fe is new and open side the tallest skyscraper in the district. It features a 300 pax facility and impressive city views.
Chihuahua and Monterrey
Crown Plaza Monterrey is upscale and a top choice, offering a 1,200 banquet and meeting space. Holiday Inn Parque Fundidora is connected to the Cintermex Convention Center in Monterrey. Hotel Soberano Chihuahua features 1,200 square feet of space, an indoor waterfall and infinity pool. It is perfect for making trips to Copper Canyon.
Tampico, Veracruz, and Oaxaca
Quinta Real Oaxaca (which was formerly the Camino Real) is elegant and charming. A 16th-century convent was repurposed to make the hotel, which features event space for up to 500. Galeria Plaza Veracruz, which is conveniently located next to luxury shopping and the convention center, is both practical and elegant. The New Orleans-like vibe of Tampico is reflecting in the 12,905 square foot stylish and chic Camino Real Tampico hotel.