A variety of destinations, hotel infrastructure, meetings venues, air connectivity, bio-safety certifications, tourism organizations, and attractions for everyone.
The State of Quintana Roo enjoys a historic positioning on the global tourism stage, making it one of Mexico’s star attractions. This Mexican Caribbean paradise is not only for vacationing, but it’s also a leader when it comes to business tourism. Here are the 7 top reasons why to choose this destination:
1.- Variety of Destinations
Cancun stands alone: without a doubt, it’s Quintana Roo’s “Mainstream,” the business and tourism capital of the Mexican Caribbean. The Riviera Maya is continuously improving its positioning, with Playa del Carmen and Tulum as its strongest players.
To the south lies the Gran Costa Maya, made up of Chetumal—the state capital—, Mahahual, and Bacalar—with its incredible Lagoon of Seven Colors. Offshore, Isla Mujeres and Isla Cozumel are two great choices anytime.
2.- Top-Notch Hotel Infrastructure
The entire destination has more than 107,000 hotel rooms—about 60,000 are category 4-star or higher—spread out in hotels ranging from all-inclusive to Business Class.
Quintana Roo leads the way in Mexico as far as hotels with AAA Four- and Five-Diamond hotels, one of the top distinctions of luxury and extraordinary quality.
3.- Meetings Venues with Quality Services
There are three convention centers: the Cancun International Convention Center with 14,200 m² (152,847 ft²), the Chetumal Convention Center with 3,411 m² (36,597 ft²), and the Cozumel Convention Center with 1,700 m² (18,298 ft²).
For meetings and business, there are several hotels specializing in groups with on-site venues, that facilitates transfers, and other services.
Good examples include the Barceló Maya Riviera whose convention center has more than 9,000 m² (96,875 ft²), Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya with 8,577 m² (92,322 ft²) of meeting space, and Moon Palace Cancun, which has a huge arena of more than 13,000 m² (139,930 ft²).
4.- Ample International Air Connectivity
Cancun International Airport (CUN) is the second busiest airport in Mexico, just after CDMX (Mexico City). Its connections extend throughout Mexico, the United States, Canada, Central and Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.
The Cozumel International Airport (CZM) welcomes flights from the United States, Canada, Spain, and Mexico. The Chetumal International Airport (CTM) services domestic flights with well-connected cities such as Cancun, CDMX, and Guadalajara.
5.- Bio-Safety Certifications
The Secretary of Tourism of the State (SEDETUR) granted the Mexican Caribbean the Certification in Protection and Sanitary Prevention in Tourist Facilities (CPPSIT) back in May 2020.
Cancun in particular and the Mexican Caribbean in general, received the World Health and Safety Stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), being the first in the American continent to obtain it.
The protocols applied to guarantee the health of travelers are in accordance with national and international standards. In addition, the destination is implementing the most advanced technology for hybrid or virtual meetings, as well as in temperature sensors and more.
6.- Prestigious Tourism Associations and Organizations
With the closure of the Tourism Promotion Council of Mexico (CPTM), this tourist state decided to strengthen its positioning efforts by creating its own Tourism Promotion Council of Quintana Roo (CPTQ, by its Spanish acronym), becoming an ally of meeting planners and business travelers. As proof is their new website www.caribemexicano.travel, a digital tool available in several languages.
Of note is the fact that the Mexican Caribbean has its own MPI (Meeting Professionals International) chapter, achieved in record time and surpassing all expectations. This reflects the region’s strength of union and business power.
Likewise, the Mexican Caribbean’s destinations are members of other associations including ICCA (International Congress & Conventions Association), SITE (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence), DI (Destinations International), and PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association).
7.- Tourist Attractions for Every Lifestyle
With 900 km of coastline—including 20 Blue Flag-certified beaches—more than 6,000 cenotes, over 25 natural theme parks, 10+ archaeological sites, 14 golf courses, one World Heritage Site (Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve), 5 Biosphere Reserves, 5 National
Parks and 6 Natural Protected Areas, the State of Quintana Roo offers an immense variety of attractions for every taste, making it ideal for incentive travel.