24/02/2010Cancun surpasses Meeting Planner’s expectations at MPI MeetDifferent 2010

With great success, Cancun continues to celebrate the MPI MeetDifferent 2010 Convention, taking place for the first time in Mexico. Taking place from February 20th to the 23rd, the event has welcomed over 1,200 participants from the U.S. and Canada meeting and incentive industry.

Fernando Cervantes, Director of Groups and Conventions for the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau, stated that MPI has achieved outstanding results, with over 30 site inspection visits, which will generate more international events this year. The CVB is also looking to bring the World Education Conference (WEC) to Cancun in 2015, an event that will gather more than 4,000 event organizers from North America.

MPI’s General Director, Bruce MacMillan, is pleased with this year’s MPI meeting and stated that “Cancun is a world class destination. Coming here was the best decision we could have made. It has very much exceeded our expectations.” MPI is an organization with more than 23,000 members in 84 countries, all who generate an annual economic income of $12 billion dollars, a result of putting together congresses and conventions all over the world.

Activities during the MPI MeetDifferent 2010 Convention included a golf tournament, a silent auction and other networking events, which helped raise more than $125,000 dollars and will be used towards market research by MPI.

Among the competitive advantages that Cancun offers as the leading destination for large events in Mexico, is air connectivity, ample infrastructure, quality services and tax-free international events. Cancun attracts approximately 630,000 meetings and conventions professionals every year. These visitors spend an average of $1,250 dollars per stay, 30 percent more than the average tourist.

About Cancun

Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The island of Cancun is in the shape of a “7” and is bordered to the north by the Bahia de Mujeres; to the east by the Caribbean Sea; and to the west by the Nichupte Lagoon. Cancun is Mexico’s largest tourist destination and boasts 146 hotels with a total of 28,808 rooms. Opportunities for new experiences abound in Cancun, which offers visitors an ideal setting for interacting with nature and discovering Mayan culture.

Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau www.cancun.travel

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