The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau held a celebration at the Cancun Convention Center in honor of Cancun Travel Mart's 25 years. Tour operators, Tour operators, members of the hospitality and tourism sectors along with local and international media gathered at the Convention Center to discuss travel and tourism trends.
This year’s event hosted participants from over 20 countries who made the 2012 convention one of the most successful yet, increasing the number of business meetings by 15 percent compared to 2011.
A total of 684 tourism professionals were in attendance at this year’s event, including 308 buyers and 376 suppliers. A record-breaking 4,312 business meetings took place at Cancun Travel Mart, not including site inspections and press trips organized by the area’s many hotels and all-inclusive properties. Several representatives of Mexican and Mexican Caribbean tourist destinations also made an appearance at the convention.
"We thank our business partners and the industry at large for the success of the 25th edition of the Cancun Travel Mart,” said Jesus Almaguer, Director General of the Cancun CVB. “This event has strengthened over the last 25 years making it one of the most important industry events in Mexico and Latin America. This year alone we welcomed delegates from 20 countries."
The official opening ceremony was presided by Roberto Borge Angulo, Governor of Quinatana Roo; Jorge Mezher, Mexico’s Subsecretary of Tourism; Carlos Gonzalez Hernandez, Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo; Julian Ricalde Magana, Mayor of the Municipality of Benito Juarez; Jesus Almaguer Salazar, Director General of the Cancun CVB; Gabriel Andrade, FONATUR Delagate; Armando de la Cruz Uribe Valle, President of the Mexican Hotels and Motels Association; Sergio Gonzalez Rubiera, Executive President of the Quintana Roo Travel Agencies Association; and host Rodrigo de la Pena Segura, President of the Cancun Hotel Association.
Attendees to The Cancun Travel Mart included major tour operators and travel agencies from the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, France, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, England, Russia and Venezuela. Tourism providers from Quintana Roo, the Yucatan, Puebla, Guerrero and Mexico City as well as hotel chains with properties in states throughout Mexico were also in attendance.