Air connectivity sparks meetings industry boom in Mexico

Published on : Monday, July 3, 2017

mexicoIn early June during a conglomeration of the leading aviation experts at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) General Meeting, the news media reported about the hot issues including the electronics ban, a rift in the Middle East relations as well as the development of sustainable fuels and equipment modernization.


At this event, Alexandre de Juniac who is the CEO and Director General of IATA mentioned Cancun as the ‘capital of air transportation’. Cancun is one of the famous resort destinations of Mexico.


The CEO of Mexico Tourism Board, Hector Flores said that Mexico enjoys a very strong commitment to rising air connectivity that currently comprises over 2 million fresh seats in direct flights to the nation in 2017 and also permits them to enable travel from various portions of the globe.


Such a strong surge in seat capacity is also fuelling a booming meeting and event sector.


In the following months, Mexico is also likely to welcome international congresses like the annual convention of Cruise Planners, World Meetings Forum and the annual Cruise Conference and Trade Show conducted by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA).


Furthermore, the Destination Wedding Planners Congress (2018, Los Cabos), the 11th World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery Meeting (2021, Cancun) would also be ushering in their global delegations to Mexico.


In 2016, the nation had conducted 182 world congresses and over 300,000 meetings and also the events like the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Mexico City, the World Congress of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Health in Mexico City and the World Congress of Ophthalmology (Guadalajara).



These figures all place Mexico in the fifth position among all the South and North American nations as revealed by the International Association of Congresses and Conventions (ICCA).


For the initial two months of 2017, Mexico had reported a 10.4% growth in meetings and events bookings as compared to the same last year.


During March and April, the activity had risen about 4.9% over the last year. Both the figures are, as per PEIIR (Mexico’s Meetings Industry Strategic Information Portal). These events are important contributors to the economy of Mexico. Together, they account for nearly 1.5% of the GDP of the nation with an aggregate economic impact of over $25 billion.




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