MEXICO, THE SECOND MOST COMPETITIVE ECONOMY in Latin America and one of the leading destinations in meetings and conventions, is known for continually investing in the segment. Below is a look at Mexico’s newest and most relevant infrastructure.
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Year after year, Los Cabos surprises the industry with the quantity and quality of its resorts —and 2019 is no exception. Among the several ultra-luxury hotels that are opening this year is Zadún, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, with 115 suites and villas —each one with a personal butler—, one of most exclusive spas in the area, and a 27-hole golf resort featuring three distinct courses designed by two of the sport’s legendary figures, Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus, among many other features.
It will also have a well-equipped business center and space for private meetings and events. The new Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos is a high-end all-inclusive with 639 rooms and a total of 55,000 ft² (5,110 m²) of space for meetings divided among 22 rooms and a high-tech business center. The Nobu Hotel, the first in Mexico backed by actor Robert De Niro and Chef Nobu Masuhisa, has 200 oceanfront rooms with 14,000 ft² (1,300 m²) of meeting space in 11 rooms with a business center. Mar del Cabo, a boutique offering with only 46 rooms, is perfect for exclusive C-suite stays —it has a single meeting room with 153 ft² (14 m²), perfect for 180 people.
The Los Cabos International Airport is undergoing upgrades to welcome a growing number of flights and international visitors. The work is expected to be finalized mid-year and includes the expansion and integration of Terminal Building 2 with Terminal Building 3.
There are several infrastructure projects on tap for 2019 in Puerto Vallarta, among them a new terminal for international flights at the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, and the renovation and modernization of the Cruise Terminal. There are two pending projects in the latter: the Puerto Vallarta Aquarium that will house 300 species of marine life and will be one of the top three in the country along with the ones at Veracruz and Mexico City, and the Hacienda Tequilera, both part of
what is being called the Puerto Mágico.
The Riviera Nayarit has plans throughout 2019 that include the opening of new resorts and the expansion of already-established properties. This year will see the
grand opening of Marival Armony Punta de Mita with 260 rooms and an Iberostar property in Litibú with 300 rooms; and the Grand Sirenis Matlali is already in its second stage of its luxury development and will open an additional 140 suites. La Tranquila Resort has plans for a remodel that will include a name change to Conrad Playa Mita, and the renowned Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita is expected to finish its $30 million re-do this year. The Four Seasons has 147 rooms and 3,178 ft² (344 m²) of meetings space indoors in addition to its lovely outdoor spaces. The Reflect Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta opened in February with 410 rooms and suites, and an ample 16,000 ft² (1,486 m²) of indoor space for meetings and several outdoor areas. Its Flamingos ballroom can welcome up to 1,500 attendees.
Mazatlán continues on trend with new projects and improvements to its existing infrastructure, which includes the renovation of the Historical Center and the expansion of the Malecón (Boardwalk), as well as the complete renovation of the Teodoro Mariscal baseball stadium. Still pending is the Mazatlan Central Park project that will include bike paths, a picnic area, restaurants, and a new thoroughfare for cars. It will also be home to the new Sea of Cortez Aquarium (2020) and the City Museum. Work has been started on the Pueblo Bonito Centro Histórico, a 50-room boutique hotel, and construction is expected to begin on a Sheraton hotel in the northern part of the city. The Pueblo Bonito property in the Golden Zone is undergoing a $25 million remodel that will be finished mid-year. Acapulco, host of the 2019 Tianguis, is ready to welcome providers, buyers, and journalists from around the world. The Paseo del Pescador, one of the port’s most traditional attractions, has been redone.
The Acapulco International Airport inaugurated its new terminal less than a year ago, which increased its passenger capacity by 50 percent. Hotel refurbishments include the Pierre Mundo Imperial, The Princess Mundo Imperial, and El Grand Hotel Acapulco by Dreams Hotels & Spa with 605 rooms. The XTASEA zip line, which extends across the Bay of Puerto Marques, has added new launch options as part of its renovation, as well as the remodel of its exit platform. The Thompson Zihuatanejo recently opened its doors in this beachside resort town. Previously the Viceroy, the 54-suite boutique hotel is located on Zihuatanejo’s Playa la Ropa and is ideal for executive clients that expect privacy and luxury. It offers space for corporate events of up to 200 people and two rooms for small meetings of 12 to 50 attendees.
The W Retreat & Spa Kanai at the Riviera Maya will open this year with 180 rooms, an enormous spa, and more than 10,500 ft² (976 m²) of indoor and outdoor space, plus 7,500 ft² (697 m²) of event space. Also opening in 2019, The St. Regis Kanai Riviera Maya, with 124 rooms and suites, 32 villas, two golf courses designed by José María Olazabal and Nick Faldo, and a Remède Spa. Cancun recently welcomed the Royalton Suites Cancun Resort & Spa, an all inclusive resort with 180 luxury suites and the exclusive SkyClub for adults-only. The Paradisus Cancun inaugurated 75 Ocean View Luxury Junior Suites in March of this year, for a total of 658 oceanfront suites. AMResorts is currently remodeling the Grand Oasis Sens, which will reopen in June as the Now Emerald Cancun with 427 rooms, and the Grand Oasis Tulum, which will become the 360-room Sunscape Akumal Beach Resort & Spa. At year’s end, the company will open the Now Natura Riviera Cancun
with 556 rooms only 10 miles (17 km) from the Cancun International Airport.
The first Marriott International Renaissance-branded hotel has opened its doors: Renaissance Cancun Resort & Marina has 180 rooms in Puerto Cancun’s new marina and several meeting rooms, a room for executive meetings, and an ocean view terrace for events. In Playa Mujeres, Atelier & Estudio Playa Mujeres, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, offers 608 rooms between the two all-inclusive properties —one for families and one adults-only— and 14,900 ft² (1,384 m²) of meeting space in its own convention center. The new Paradisus Playa Mujeres is an all-inclusive hotel with 498 rooms and suites with four business centers and a grand ballroom for up to 1,500 people, as well as restaurants and open-air spaces for events. Palladium Hotel Group opened two properties at the end of 2018: Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa, a family hotel with 673 rooms, and the TRS Coral Hotel, with 473 rooms for adults only. The resorts share a convention center with space for up to 1,380 attendees.
The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City is set to open this year with 153 rooms. Located between floors 36 and 47 of Chapultepec Uno, the hotel will offer unimpeded views of the famous Chapultepec forest and castle from its guestrooms, event rooms, and restaurants. Grupo Posadas inaugurated the Fiesta Americana Mexico Satélite, expanding the room offer in this business and industrial area. Located in the Sentura Shopping Center, it has 223 guestrooms and a business center, four meeting rooms, an open common room, and event rooms. Guadalajara, capital of Jalisco, has a total of 16 new hotels with another 8 in the process of obtaining building permits. Among the top projects is Midtown Jalisco that opened in December 2018 in the city’s financial district near the Expo Guadalajara expo center. The mixed-use project includes accommodations at the Hilton Guadalajara Midtown with 225 rooms and offers a swimming pool, a gym, and an event room, as well as restaurants, boutiques, green areas, galleries, movies, and a supermarket. The most outstanding characteristic of Midtown Jalisco is its 27-story office building, one of the tallest in the city.
Monterrey recently welcomed the Showcenter Complex, located in the Valle Oriente area in the municipality of San Pedro Garza García, bordering Monterrey. It offers 75,347 ft² (7,000 m²) of space ready to welcome up to 6,000 people in different configurations and is ideal for concerts, Broadway-style shows, symphony performances, expos, fashion shows, and corporate events. The Cintermex complex has finished the 4th stage of expansion on its western side (Fundidora Avenue); with this, it concludes an important increase in its infrastructure, expanded parking, plus a new façade and entry into the complex. The Westin Monterrey Valle will open mid-year in the heart of the San Pedro Garza García district, with 174 rooms and suites, as well as meeting rooms with cutting-edge technology.
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Yucatan has a long tradition of hosting meetings and conventions event before the construction of its first convention center, the Yucatán Siglo XXI, in 1999. Back then, the different hotels in the area along the Avenida Colón would welcome attendees and spread the events among their on-site venues. Today, the “White City” of Merida is set to confirm its position among the top ten cities within Mexico’s meetingsindustry.[+]
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