México Showcases its Tourism Advantages to the Meetings & Conventions Industry in the United States

With the objective to increase the participation of Mexico in the business meetings and conventions industry, the Strategic Business Unit for the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) is inaugurating an Association’s Day, today in Washington D.C.  

"This event constitutes the first step in a strategic plan to present the tourism advantages that Mexico offers to the associations and meetings market in the United States." said Eduardo Chaillo, director of the Strategic Business Unit for the Mexico Tourism Board for United States and Canada.   

During the event, lead by H. Arturo Sarukhan, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States and Oscar Fitch Gomez, CEO of the Mexico Tourism Board, organizations and invited businesses have the opportunity to hear all about the features that Mexico has to offer in tourist cities like Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey and Cancun, all of which have solid hotel infrastructure and plenty of space to hold a meeting or convention for over 2,000 people.   

"Aside from the archaeological and natural attractions, Mexico also offers easy access and direct flights from the main cities in the United States as well as incentives for meeting planners", said Chaillo.    In Mexico by law all travel expenses –including hotel services- that foreign visitors make during their stay for expos, conventions and business fairs are value added tax exempt.  

"Likewise since Mexico is a member of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), meeting planners that host a meeting or convention in our country will be able to deduct expenses from their annual tax statement", explained Chaillo.    According to the last official report, Mexico welcomed 13 million tourists from January – July of this year, which generated an economic income of 7.9 million dollars.   

"We are very satisfied that the strategy we have implement with meeting planners is functioning well, to the point that during the first semester we increased our tourism income by 8.2 percent with an increase of 1.2 percent in the number of travelers, which reveals that each visitor had a higher spending level, thus, promptly contributing to the economic situation in our country", said Chaillo.

  SOURCE: Mexico Tourism Board (MTB)

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