Mexican show ups C&I focus for 2008

Mexican trade show Tianguis Turistico has announced plans to increase both its geographical scope and its focus on the conference sector. The event will next year begin to incorporate suppliers from all over Central and South America, as well as fostering a more C&I-specific approach . Mexican minister of tourism Rodolfo Elizondo, speaking at this year's event in Acapulco from 25 to 28 March, highlighted the future emphasis on MICE business. "The meetings and incentives industry has become one of our key priorities, so Tianguis will purposefully adapt to this in coming years," he said. "Visitors can expect a clearer focus on this side of Mexico's offering. Our meetings infrastructure has never been better and we need to raise awareness." He also announced firm plans to open a branch office in Washington DC, specifically to attract MICE business. This year's event was the 32nd staging of the show and attracted record numbers. More than 2300 service suppliers, including Starwood, Intercontinental and Hilton, welcomed around 1000 buyers from 30 different countries, among them the UK, India, China and Hungary. It is expected that the future expansion of the show will see it relocated to Mexico City by 2009.

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