Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - A Mexican delegation comprised of the Mexico Tourism Board, the Mexican Chapter of MPI, Mexico City, the cities of Los Cabos, Monterrey, Puebla, Puerto Vallarta, San Miguel de Allende; hotel groups Grupo Presidente and Velas Resorts as well as the Puerto Vallarta's International Convention Center and San Miguel de Allende's La Casona Convention Center participated at Meeting Planner International (MPI) annual World Education Congress (WEC) held in Minneapolis, August 2-5, 2014.
The educational and networking event for the meetings and events community is the signature event through which MPI delivers top-rate education, networking and business opportunities to the meeting and event community.
During the conference, Mexico's presence was maintained through a number of activities including hosting a special lunch for all participants, servicing the Hosted Buyer Lounge and MarketSquare in addition to having over 30 meetings with conference hosted buyers.
Puerto Vallarta, which recently became a Preferred Member of MPI, had the largest delegation with Patricia Farias, CEO of the International Convention Center, Miguel Andres Hernandez, Executive Director of the Puerto Vallarta CVB and Gustavo Rivas-Solis from the city's PR agency, LATITUDE.
Meetings were held with representatives from HelmsBriscoe, HPN Global, Applied Meetings & Hospitality Solutions, Rx Worldwide Meetings, Inc, Performance Improvements Incentives, First Incentive Travel, and the World Council of Credit Unions; media interviews given to editors from Meetings Focus, MeetingsNet, Smart Meetings, Rejuvenate Magazine, Prevue Magazine and Successful Meetings.
Puerto Vallarta also hosted a "Past and Present Chair Breakfast," where the delegation networked with Chairman of the Board Kevin Kirby and Chairwoman-elect Fiona Pelham, as well as Vice Chairman, Brian Stevens; Michael Dominguez, Immediate Past Chairman; and Paul Van Deventer Ex-Officio. The Puerto Vallarta hosted LGBTA MPI reception also provided extensive time to network with the organization's members.
The delegates representing Puerto Vallarta also held meetings with the industry players such as SITE, AIBTM, IMEX, IAEE, and ICCA in an effort to promote the diverse opportunities the destination has for the business industry.In October, the Puerto Vallarta CVB will head to Las Vegas for the IMEX America Expo, where they will host a Focus Group of meeting planners and industry professionals who will analyze the destination's infrastructure, offerings, and reputation for Incentive Travel, Business Meetings and Corporate Events.