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Mexico City, Mexico | Business travel destinations

Mexico City is a major economic center in Latin America, and it seems to be only accessible for business meetings that cover North and South America. But there are many, many more layers in Mexico City.

Mexico City is a colonial city, and it’s historic, contemporary, artistic, gritty, and vibrant. If you are considering Mexico City for a future program or traveling there for business, you will find a world-class business city that lives up to its strong commitment to tourism and hospitality. And if you’re wondering when is the best time to visit Mexico City, you’ll be pleased to know that this city has a moderate climate with average highs in the 70s and average lows in the 40s and 50s – 12 months a year , according to weather.com.

Here’s what you need to know about the Mexico City experience.

People Are Traveling to Mexico

You might be surprised to learn that about 2.3 million international visitors choose Mexico City each year, or about 10% of Mexico’s 23 million international visitors. While the vast majority come from the United States, Mexico is a world leader in the tourism sector, and the number of international visitors is likely to increase in the years to come.

If you’ve never traveled here before, you’re probably expecting a congested and convoluted city – after all, the metropolitan area is home to over 20 million people. But I visited Mexico City last November, and the truth is that most business meetings and events take place in the historic center of the city and in other nearby tourist areas, so you will be pleasantly surprised at the ease of transfer from one place to another. The key is to choose a neighborhood that suits your needs and establish a program near your base.

Is Mexico City safe?

Sure. Some destinations in Mexico have endured a reputation for crime – an unfortunate fact of life faced by cities and countries around the world. What is important is to pay attention to the measures that countries and cities are taking to minimize the impact so that visitors feel comfortable and welcomed.

Over the past two years, Mexico City has demonstrated its commitment to security by installing a network of closed-circuit television cameras and increasing the number of police officers on the ground. This approach has had a major impact on reducing crime and increasing security coverage throughout the city – and especially in major tourist areas.

I had the opportunity to tour the Mexico City C4 Operations Center during my visit and saw firsthand how security observes and responds to issues. If I understand correctly, there are over 13,000 cameras today and plans for another 7,000 have been requested.

Mexico City for meetings and events

Mexico City has excellent convention centers, hotel facilities and restaurants, which is very important to meet the demands of small and large conventions and trade shows. In fact, the meetings industry has already started taking notice of Mexico City.

More than 50 international conventions take place in Mexico City each year, according to data from the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA), which tracks information on international meetings that regularly rotate between three or more countries – a critical metric in the industry. global meetings. Mexico City ranked 40th in 2012 out of 2,000 international cities, according to ICCA data.

Convention Centers in Mexico City

Mexico City has a significant number of convention centers, but I’m focusing on the Reforma-Polanco corridor. This includes the Centro Banamex Exhibition Center and the WTC International Exhibition and Convention Center.

Centro Banamex is an amazing facility that has a strong commitment to sustainability and amazing cuisine – everything is made fresh on site. Centro Banamex has the necessary resources to organize large congresses (up to 50,000 delegates), as well as corporate and social events. And here’s something unique: Centro Banamex includes an equestrian track and a children’s theme park as part of the property!

The International Convention Center WTC is a convention center that can accommodate up to 7,500 delegates and is located in the city center. ICOMEX, a trade show for meetings and events in Latin America, was hosted here during my visit.

Marquis Reforma Hotel & Spa

Part of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Marquis Reforma Hotel & Spa is an art deco-inspired hotel with 125 rooms including 83 suites – perfectly designed with all the amenities expected by business travelers.

But what also makes this hotel stand out is its meeting space. Marquis Reforma has over 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including three ballrooms (can be divided into 11 separate areas for breakout rooms). The hotel also includes three unique restaurants, a lounge bar, and a spa/fitness center that could be one of the largest in Mexico City.

Mexico City has more than 208 hotels rated four stars or higher, including a total of nearly 28,000 hotel rooms.

Getting to know Mexico City

While “business” is certainly the reason to meet in Mexico City, the unique value is in spending time outside of the conference rooms.

Top attractions that are also perfect for event venues include Chapultapec Castle (which offers the most stunning views of the city and a historic collection of artwork that sheds light on Mexico’s history) and the National Museum of Anthropology (which houses the Aztec calendar). Other experiences include guided tours through Plaza de la Constitucion and the National Palace (you’ll want to get a local expert’s insight into Diego Rivera’s murals).

Another favorable reason to choose Mexico City?

Value. Mexico City has 0% VAT for meetings.

Mexico City Travel Information*:

  • Business travelers in Mexico City: 28%
  • Mexico City Pleasure Travelers: 72%

Total hotel rooms

  • In March 2013: 49,114
  • In 2012: 49,194

Number of hotels (as of March 2013):

  • Gran Turismo (over 5 stars): 27
  • 5 stars: 62
  • 4 stars: 119
  • Total: 208

Rooms in hotels (as of March 2013):

  • Gran Turismo: 6,622 rooms
  • 5 stars: 9,430 rooms
  • 4 stars: 11,830 rooms
  • Total: 27,882 rooms

Average occupancy (2012):

  • Overall average: 62.25%
  • Grand tourism: 65.75%
  • 5 stars: 67.44%
  • 4 stars: 67.43%

Average visitor stay 2012 (average number of nights spent in Mexico City):

  • Overall average: 1.98 nights
  • International tourists: 2.14 nights
  • Domestic tourists: 1.94 nights

Total number of nights spent (2012):

  • Total: 24,313,986 nights
  • International tourists: 4,873,441 overnight stays
  • Domestic tourists: 19,440,545 nights

travel advice: If you are visiting Mexico City for a business meeting or convention, chances are the transport is already secured, which will increase your level of security. However, as with any trip, it is also worth traveling with other people and keeping an eye on your surroundings and relying only on safe taxis.

* Data courtesy of the Government of Mexico City

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