A colorful city with a rich history and many modern innovations, Mexico City is an ideal destination for meetings and conventions. With a variety of convention, exposition and meeting facilities available, Mexico City serves as host to thousands of conventions, trade shows and business meetings every year. With vast art, culture and culinary offerings, meetings attendees will enjoy a cosmopolitan city that has it all.
Meeting planners can enjoy a number of new developments, distinctions, facilities and resources by hosting their next event in Mexico City including:
- ¥ IBTM Latin American Conference 2016: Mexico City’s Centro Citibanamex recently served as host to the leading MICE event in Mexico and LATAM in September 2016. This convention joined the global portfolio of IBTM events as a rebranded event from ICOMEX. As the gateway city to Latin America and in close proximity to the United States, Mexico City is an ideal space for the conference which brings together meeting, event and incentive industry decision makers to gather in one place. IBTM LATAM will take place in Mexico City once again in September 2017.
- ¥ Hotel Updates:
- o W Mexico City – This property recently renovated its living room and guestrooms and opened the restaurant, J by José Andrés. The hotel is located near shopping, dining and parks in the upscale Polanco neighborhood, and offers a wide variety of meeting space options for groups.
o Ritz Carlton – This luxury boutique hotel chain recently purchased property and began construction for a new skyscraper hotel in Mexico City opening in 2019.
o Four Seasons Mexico City – Just steps from Chapultepec Park and the exclusive Polanco neighborhood, the luxury Four Seasons Mexico City has undergone a $14 million renovation, which provides updates to its guest rooms, meeting rooms, and public spaces.
o InterContinental Presidente Mexico City – The hotel group’s flagship property in Mexico completed a $40 million renovation this October featuring 700 modern and comfortable rooms. The property’s restaurant, Chapulín, which opened in August 2014, houses the largest wine cellar in both Mexico and Latin America and serves wines from all over the world.
- ¥ Wide range of meeting venues and attractions: From modern convention centers and hotels to historic parks and castles, Mexico City offers a variety of settings for gatherings of any size. The city has more than 53,000 hotel rooms at 600 hotels, more than 3,000 restaurants and plenty of museums, cinemas, galleries, monuments and entertainment attractions for downtime.
- ¥ Easy access: Mexico City connects with many U.S. and Canadian cities via nonstop flights operated by Delta, AeroMexico, United Airlines, Air Canada and American Airlines among other airlift services. Mexico City Benito Juarez International Airport is just eight miles away from the downtown area, and easily accessible by public transportation. Mexico City has more than 130,000 taxis – more than 10 times of those in New York City — and a bike share program that makes getting around the city a breeze.
- ¥ Temperate year-long climate: Though geographically placed squarely in the tropics, the high elevation of Mexico City adds a chill to the air, giving the city one of the mildest climates in Mexico. The average temperature varies from 54°F in the western mountains to 61°F in the center of town. The dry season runs from November to May, and the rainy season June through October. The hottest months are usually
April and May when the temperature can reach 86°F, and the coldest are December and January with temperatures at times dropping as low as 45°F.
- ¥ Experience with large meetings: From the 66th FIFA Congress to Grand Prix F1 to large medical and tech conferences, Mexico City has the resources to host large numbers of visitors. Mexico City’s modern convention centers can welcome up to 50,000 visitors at one time.
- ¥ Free Internet connections in key regions: With historic centers and landmarks offering free broadband connection such as Zócalo and the Alameda Central, more than 100 public sites will also be connected in the coming years.
- ¥ Planning resources: Mexico Tourism Trust is available to help guide the planning process, offering assistance with logistics including recommendations for venues, vendors and steps to securing necessary permits.
- Neighborhoods Prime for Meetings
- ¥ Santa Fe: The most modern neighborhood located on the western side of Mexico City and home of the Expo Santa Fe with 348,750 square feet of space to host up to 2,600 visitors. 2,294 hotel rooms accommodate visitors in this region.
- ¥ Polanco: This luxe neighborhood offers high-end shops and corporate offices as well as the largest meetings center in the region, Centro Citibanamex with 366,000 square feet. 3,810 hotel rooms accommodate visitors in this region.
- ¥ Reforma: A historic region, Reforma offers Expo Reforma (242,188 square feet) and the Hilton Convention Center (the only hotel in Mexico City with a Convention Center and capacity to host up to 2,000 visitors) as venues, with more than 8,000 hotel rooms to accommodate visitors.
- ¥ Insurgentes: This very walkable neighborhood in southern Mexico City features the World Trade Center Mexico City and Pepsi Center which both sum up more than 1,300 events per year using their 322,917 square feet of space. 1,800 hotel rooms accommodate visitors in the region.
- ¥ Airport area: Easily accessible to international visitors, the region near Mexico City’s airport offers Palacio de los Deportes, an indoor arena that can welcome more than 20,000 visitors at one time. The arena also hosts international concerts from U2 to Katy Perry, soccer matches and basketball games. 2,200 hotel rooms can visitors nearby.
- ¥ No. 1 Place to Go in 2016 by The New York Times: As the number one destination on The New York Times “52 Places to Go in 2016” list, there’s never been a better time to visit. The publication touts Mexico City as “a metropolis that has it all,” and tops this year’s list for its renowned culinary scene, distinct neighborhoods, forward-thinking design offerings, improved safety, increased airlift and transportation and the Pope’s visit early this year.
- ¥ San Pellegrino & Acqua Panna’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants: In 2016, three of Mexico City’s restaurants were named to San Pellegrino & Acqua Panna’s exclusive ranking of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, while six restaurants were named to the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, which Mexico City hosted at Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral.
- ¥ No. 4 Most Searched Destination of 2016: According to Google’s “Travel Trends 2016” report based on search data, Mexico City was ranked fourth in the list of fastest-rising destinations of 2016.
- ¥ Condé Nast Traveler’s 15 Places to Go in 2015: The prestigious travel publication suggested Mexico City as one of the top places to visit in 2015, citing the city’s sophisticated restaurants, museums and attractions as the top reasons to visit.
- ¥ No. 3 Most Inspiring City in the World: Mexico City is ranked No. 3 on the 2014 GOOD City Index (GCI), which ranks the most inspiring cities in the world. The annual list compiled by GOOD, a media company that also publishes the quarterly GOOD Magazine, features cities that deliver on eight key attributes that “best capture the elusive quality of possibility,”: progress, civic engagement, street life, defining moments, connectivity, green life, diversity and work/life balance.
- ¥ No. 37 in Most International Events 2015: Mexico City is ranked No.37 worldwide (last year No. 45) and No. 8 in Latin & North America out of 384 destinations for hosting more international events in 2015. Since 2013, Mexico City has moved up 20 spots in the list, ranked above cities in the U.S. such as New York (44) and Chicago (62).
Recipient of Marketplace Excellence Award: The Mexico City Tourism Trust was recognized by Meeting Professionals International with the Marketplace Excellence Award – which celebrates innovation and creativity in the development, planning, and delivery of effective business-to-business opportunities – as part of the RISE Awards in June 2016