THE CONSTANT STRENGTHENING OF Mexico’s connectivity with the United States —and the world at large— included the addition of 1.5 million seats on direct flights in 2018 alone, an increase that boosted the total of seats on direct flights to a whopping 30 million by the end of that year. Today, Mexico continues to be among the top 10 most visited counties in the world, welcoming more than 10 million US visitors and growing. So far, 2019 has seen even more direct flights added to the tally, as well as increased frequencies from the principal cities in the United States and Latin America to important MICE industry destinations such as Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit, Cancun, and Los Cabos, among others.
The country’s main airports have responded to this boom by investing millions of dollars in upgrades and expansions to their facilities, among them the airports at Merida, Los Cabos, Guadalajara, Acapulco, and Cancun. Improvements include new baggage handling and claims systems, ticketing services, staff increases, and more. In the country’s capital, the Mexico City International Airport (AICM) is initiating maintenance work on one of the runways and is expanding Terminal 2. And, at press time, the new President’s plan to develop a three-airport system (AICM, Toluca, and Santa Lucia) to satisfy passenger demand was still in play. (Meanwhile, plans for a new Mexico City International Airport (NAICM) have so far been cancelled.) With 63 international airports, an ample network of domestic airlines and airports, and more than 94,450 miles (152,000 km) of top-notch roads and highways, Mexico boasts an extraordinary level of connectivity both in and out of the country.
Coupled with its proximity to the United States, this translates into lower travel costs for attendees to congresses and conventions, as well as a savings in travel time, not to mention a better overall experience —all big advantages for any meeting planner who chooses to hold their event in Mexico.