Built specifically as a tourist destination due to its untouched natural beauty and near perfect weather, Cancun has skyrocketed to fame as one of the world's most popular resort cities. A scenic hideaway featuring sun-drenched shores, sparkling blue waters and a strong connection to a majestic ancient civilization, Cancun doesn't disappoint the staggering four million visitors that flock to its shores each year. Meeting planners also find plenty to love in Cancun, including its proximity to the United States, top-notch facilities, and strong customer service hospitality, not to mention a zero percent tax on congresses, conventions, fairs and expos.
Touching down in this tropical oasis is quick and easy at Cancun International Airport – the 2nd largest airport in Mexico in terms of volume. Just 11 kilometers from downtown Cancun and 20 kilometers from the Hotel Zone, Cancun International is a modern facility served by major carriers such as American Airlines, Delta, Continental and JetBlue. Once in Cancun, getting around is as easy as hailing a taxi or hopping on a bus or ferry. And when it's time to turn in for the night, Cancun has more than 27,000 hotel rooms from which to choose, a number of which populate the 30-kilometer-long hotel strip. From luxury resorts to five-star properties, Cancun has a bed for even the most discriminating traveler.
In addition to comfortable accommodations, Cancun's major hotels can supply over 50,000 square meters of meeting space. Enjoy the city's only ocean-view meeting space at the 426-room Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Resort, which is also Cancun's largest meeting property at over 10,000 square meters. Or, host a conference at the Fiesta Americana Grand Beach, where, outside the boardroom, attendees will enjoy Mexico's only AAA Five Diamond Mexican restaurant, a secluded beach, a luxurious spa and more. Convention goers can also blend business and pleasure at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, home to 14,500 square meters of function space and the only Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course in Cancun.
The centerpiece of the city's meetings scene, though, is undoubtedly Cancun Center. The Cancun Center features 14,037 square meters of convention and exhibit space in the heart of the Hotel Zone. Among the venue options are 13 column-free rooms divisible into 37 different spaces, spacious foyers and a boardroom. In addition to panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea, Cancun Center's strategic location also places guests within walking distance of 4,700 hotel rooms.
Cancun's economy centers on tourism. Several colleges and universities have also emerged in the city including Instituto Tecnologico de Cancun, Universidad La Salle Cancun, Universidad Anahuac Cancun, Universidad Tecnologica de Cancun and Universidad del Caribe.