08/05/2009Cancun is an attractive destination for group tourism

• The 8th edition of the Mexico Showcase & Travel Expo concluded as a success
• Cancun to host Meet Different 2010

The Groups and Conventions segment reports the largest worldwide growth according to data from the World Tourism Organization, and represents 18% of the total occupation of this destination. This segment remains active in Cancun, despite the recent outbreak of the influenza A virus that has spread and affected people around the world.

The 8th edition of the Mexico Showcase & Travel Expo concluded with the participation of 80 international buyers and 40 national buyers: “’The event was a success.” commented its organizer, Andy Ortiz. One of the participants Cindy Ford, Manager of Travel Leaders/Atlas Travel wrote about her experience: “I just want to thank you for the beneficial and ‘timely’ experience I just had at the 8th Annual Mexico Showcase & Travel Expo, after the health and travel advisories were released just prior to departing for the trip, I like most, wondered if I should go ahead with the travel plans or avoid the area. I must say, I consider myself as an adventure traveler, so with that mind set, I continued on with the itinerary…..and thankfully so. Immediately upon my return I contacted one of our local radio stations to advise them that I had just returned from Mexico and would be glad to share my experience with listeners. I was invited to speak briefly the next day. This is what I told the listeners: This is a WONDERFUL time to travel to Cancun/Riviera Maya. After arriving and seeing that there were not hundreds in masks, running for cover, I observed just how normal things still were at this destination. I shared how impeccable the service was at all the resorts and restaurants, how attentive everyone was, and just what a great value Cancun/Riviera Maya is for travelers. Your dollars will get you some of the best resorts, beaches, service, and food that you can find right now in the world. And, for one, would go back in a second.”
As part of the Mexico Showcase there was an educational program called “Green Meeting Strategies”, which committed itself to adopting various ‘green principles’ during the event, with the aim of reducing the carbon footprint. In turn this emphasized interest and commitment for Cancun to place itself as the first eco-friendly tourist destination in Mexico, due to the combined development of good practice by groups and conventions and incentive programs together with both venues and meeting planners.

Fernando Cervantes, Director of Groups and Conventions from the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau CVB in Cancun, confirmed that the MPI (Meeting Professional International) executives will be visiting Cancun during the first few days of June and confirmed that Cancun will host Meet Different 2010, an event which will take place from the 20-23rd February, which brings together more than 2000 visitors including 900 meeting planners. This will be the first time that this event will take place outside the USA and Canada.

Following the health emergency, 95% of group events in May and June in Cancun and Puerto Morelos have been rescheduled, like the XII Paediatric National Congress CONAPEME and the III Mesoamerican and Caribbean Paediatric Congress, and will now take place in November this year at the Cancun Center.

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Ms. Erika Mitzunaga / Ms. Erandeni Abundis
PR Manager Latin America and Europe / PR Manager North America and Asia
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