Located in the southern part of North America, Mexico is bordered by the United States to the north, Belize and Guatemala to the south, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea to the east and finally by the Pacific Ocean to the west.
With a surface area of almost 2 million km2 it is the fifteenth largest country in the world and has a population of around 120 million people (c. 2015). Due to the size of its gross domestic product (GDP), Mexico is considered to be the world´s eleventh largest economy. It has the second most powerful economy in Latin America and the fourth on the continent.
Home to more than 12 thousand endemic species and being one of the 12 most bio diverse countries on the planet, according to the World Tourism Organization (WTO), Mexico is the main tourist destination in Latin America and one of the 10 most visited countries in the world.
These days, Mexico is without a doubt an important convergence point in where the impact of the meetings industry is multiplied. Acknowledging this fact, the Federal Government has increased its investment in infrastructure and services by 30 times since 2007.
In 2010 alone, a total number of 197,400 meetings were held in Mexico. An estimated 28,000 of those meetings belong to the congress, conference and convention sector representing more than 5 million participants with an elevated percentage of international attendees.
Specifically, Cancun plays a very special role and enjoys a key market position, being one of the leading meeting destinations among Latin America.
Within the context, Cancun is a cosmopolitan city in the Caribbean enjoying world class tourism development that is certified by the WTO. It is relatively recent creation and accelerated development has brought together an interesting mixture of visitors from diverse regions from Mexico and all over the world, thanks to numerous career opportunities offered by the tourism sector.
As a result, an ideal atmosphere has been created of regional location and folklore, gastronomy and customs from the neighboring Yucatan state, and the Mayan culture. The Mexican Caribbean is a unique corner of the world with nearly 30% of the total area is an ecological reserve, and has the second largest reef system in the world.
A real paradise for tourists.
Cancun is a tourism destination that has it all: crystal-clear waters and fine, sandy white beaches, as well as some of the most prestigious hotel chains in the world offering a wide range of prices and categories. There are excellent restaurants offering delicious Mexican and international fare, the hottest nightlife and rich archaeological heritage in the nearby ancient Mayan cities of Chichen-Itzá, Tulúm and Coba.
Cancun is the gateway to the Mexican Caribbean and Mundo Maya, with an infinite variety of attractions and adventure, cultural and nature-oriented activities. There are theme parks, archaeological sites, water and extreme sports, and of course, shopping which offers competitive prices and world-renowned brands.
The development achieved by Cancun is one of the largest in Mexico and the Caribbean with over 38,000 rooms. Cancun offers a wide variety of accommodations ranging from Five Diamond to accessible and comfortable hotels. 80% of the accommodations available in Cancun are Five Star Rated. The resorts in Cancun offer a range of options from all-inclusive to European plan (no meals included). Some properties are willing to create and customize a meal plan for your stay.
Cancun and its Caribbean Treasures – Puerto Morelos, Isla Mujeres, Holbox and Isla Contoy – are environmentally conscious and are working towards Sustainable Tourism. Corporate and Social responsibility is a key part of what Cancun has to offer, and we encourage all meeting planners to incorporate the latest responsibility practices into their programs. This includes recycling and water conservation, the preservation of turtle eggs, waste management and fund raising for climate awareness groups and associations. Cancun is a destination committed to preserving the environment and teaching visitors to do the same.
With 700,000 square feet of meeting space, Cancun has more than 50 hotels with on-site meeting facilities. The Convention Center features 150,000 square feet of convention and exhibit space in the heart of the Hotel Zone. There are 13 column-free rooms, which can be divided into 37 breakouts. The Convention Centers strategic location also places guests within walking distance of 2,000 hotel rooms. Cancun offers many alternative venues for social events: Hotels, Mexican Haciendas, Eco-themed parks, motorized boats, beach palapas, and nightclubs among others. Cancun hotels offer a variety of ballrooms and terraces for themed parties, cocktail and innovative social events with the highest standards of quality and service.