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May 22, 2009

Cancun Attracts High-End Groups

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

The Groups and Conventions segment reports the largest worldwide growth according to data from the World Tourism Organization, and represents 18% of the total occupation of this destination. This segment remains active in Cancun, despite the recent outbreak of the influenza A virus that has spread and affected people around the world.

The 8th edition of the Mexico Showcase & Travel Expo concluded with the participation of 80 international buyers and 40 national buyers: “’The event was a success.” commented its organizer, Andy Ortiz. One of the participants Cindy Ford, Manager of Travel Leaders/Atlas Travel wrote about her experience: “I just want to thank you for the beneficial and ‘timely’ experience I just had at the 8th Annual Mexico Showcase & Travel Expo, after the health and travel advisories were released just prior to departing for the trip, I like most, wondered if I should go ahead with the travel plans or avoid the area. I must say, I consider myself as an adventure traveler, so with that mind set, I continued on with the itinerary…..and thankfully so. Immediately upon my return I contacted one of our local radio stations to advise them that I had just returned from Mexico and would be glad to share my experience with listeners. I was invited to speak briefly the next day. This is what I told the listeners: This is a WONDERFUL time to travel to Cancun/Riviera Maya. After arriving and seeing that there were not hundreds in masks, running for cover, I observed just how normal things still were at this destination. I shared how impeccable the service was at all the resorts and restaurants, how attentive everyone was, and just what a great value Cancun/Riviera Maya is for travelers. Your dollars will get you some of the best resorts, beaches, service, and food that you can find right now in the world. And, for one, would go back in a second.”

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