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The site of Latin America's first steel plant and home to more than 300,000 business offices (2,400 of which are international), Monterrey remains one of Mexico's leading cities for industry and commerce. The volume of business activity generated each day keeps meeting venues in Monterrey lively and profitable.
Thanks to its excellent infrastructure, buoyant economy and sound urban planning, Mexico's third largest city of 4.2 million inhabitants was ranked fourth on Forbes Magazine list of the World's Most Intelligent Cities in 2009 (Singapore, Hong Kong and Curitiba, Brazil are 1, 2 and 3). Located in the northeast of Mexico, Monterrey is only a 2 to 3 hour flight from most U.S. destinations, and a quick a 75-minute flight from Mexico City. Its newly expanded international airport, International Airport Mariano Escobedo, receives direct flights from 10 major U.S. cities and is located only 30 minutes from the city center.
As a major transit hub, Monterrey offers a wide choice of transportation options with bus and train services to various neighboring cities and urban destinations, as well as a strong public transportation infrastructure featuring Monterrey's light rail system, Metrorrey. Taxis are also a convenient, accessible and economical method of transportation.
Monterrey has more than 40 hotels, with a total guest room inventory of approximately 7,000. Choices of event venues in Monterrey include convention centers, arenas, auditoriums and parks, making this city an ideal environment for conducting business and hosting events.
Among these, Fundidora industrial park, a historic facility, houses the most emblematic buildings of the city's industrial heritage, such as Blast Furnace 3 and the Lewis building (which hosted the 2007 Universal Forum of Cultures). Within Fundidora Park are two of city's principal event venues: Cintermex convention center, which provides a 59,000-square-foot convention hall and 198,000 square feet of exhibition space; and the Monterrey Arena, with a capacity for up to 17,600 people. Fundidora Park also includes 39 on-site hotels with up to 4,450 guest rooms, and is located only 35 minutes from the Monterrey's international airport.
As the home of Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc, Mexico's oldest and largest brewery (established in the 19th century), Monterrey can be expected to know something about hospitality. More recently the Santa Lucia Riverwalk debuted, and is a popular spot for visitors. The Riverwalk is a 1.5-mile walkway along the riverbank connecting Fundidora Park to the Macroplaza; it is lined with restaurants, shops, gardens and fountains. Visitors can enjoy the Riverwalk by foot, pedal-boats for rent, or by hopping on one of the many tour boats, which offer guided historical tours of the city.
Before Monterrey was founded as a city of New Spain, the area was populated by small groups of indigenous communities, collectively known as Chichimecas. Around Monterrey, archeological sites of these indigenous communities can be visited today, including Boca de Potrerillos, La Calzada, Puntita Negra, la Cueva del Cordel, and Villa Vieja. The remains left by these communities include arrows, spears, cave paintings and stone engravings.
Monterrey went through three trials of colonization; the first two failed due to the resistance of the natives, the harsh terrain and the persecution of the first two founders by the Inquisition. It was not until 1596 that Diego de Montemayor brought from the neighboring town of Saltillo a dozen families to the site of the current city, naming it Ciudad Metropolitana de Nuestra Senora de Monterrey after the then-viceroy of New Spain, Gaspar de Zuniga y Acevedo, Count of Monterrey.
Monterrey has faced wars and invasions throughout its history, including a U.S. invasion in 1846 during the Mexican-American War, resulting in surrender at the city's plaza. Several generals in the Mexican War against France were from Monterrey, including Juan Zuazua, Jeronimo Trevino, and Mariano Escobedo, the famous Mexican war hero and governor of Nuevo Leon who captured Emperor Maximilian during the French invasion.
At the turn of the 20th century during the brink of the industrial revolution in Mexico, Monterrey played an important economic and commercial role for the country's development. Linked by the railroad, Monterrey acted as an important transit point between Mexico and the U.S. and Europe, serving trading routes between San Antonio and the state's capital, Saltillo, as well as the port city of Tampico.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Monterrey has an average annual temperature of 73.4° F, an absolute minimum of 46.5° F and maximum of 109.4° F. The hottest months are June, July and August. The rainy season runs from Julys to September.
CINTERMEX International Convention Center
Monterrey's largest convention center, Cintermex, is located in the 360-acre urban sustainable park, Fundidora Park. ISO 9001: 2002 certified and a member of the Mexican Green Building Council, Cintermex has adopted a range of green measures in the field of waste management, energy conservation, water savings and food donation.
Twelve 30-foot columns line Cintermex's 198,000-square-foot exhibition hall, which can hold up to 1,055 booths or be divided into 6 independent halls. The center also provides a 59,000-square-foot convention hall which can be divided into 19 rooms for meetings or conventions which can hold from 8 to 2,200 people. VIP rooms as well as conference rooms overlooking the exhibition floor are available. Audio-visual equipment, such as microphones, stage lighting, screens, video projectors and podiums, are available for rent from the center. Cintermex provides technical support, as well as electrical and plumbing services. Cintermex has two restaurants, as well as a catering service, which can handle groups ranging from 10 to 10,000 participants. A spacious vestibule surrounding the convention area provides an ideal space for coffee and cocktail breaks.
Two hotels located within walking distance from the convention center provide 500 rooms, and another 3,000 rooms are available in the city center, less than a five-minute drive away. In addition, parking for 5,000 vehicles is within walking distance of the convention center.
Located in the downtown area within walking distance from two Hotel Zones (the Center Zone contains 2,630 rooms and the Valle Zone contains 5,920), Centro Convex combines modern installations with a touch of warmth and elegance, surrounding an ample inner-garden, with 8 floors of event space totaling 60,000 square meter. The Convex Center is an ISO 9001: 2002 Certified convention and exposition venue, offering exposition space divided into three floors and spans 57,000 square feet, with a capacity of some 86 booths (36 sq. ft.), as well as 69,000 square feet of convention space. Monterrey's Convex Center has made green initiatives in recent years, applying a range of measures to encourage sustainability such as the use of biodegradable products, energy controls and automatic lighting systems.
The Convex Center's restaurant, El Quijote del Centro Convex, caters to conference attendees and can provide in-house catering for up to 5,000 participants. In terms of IT, the conference center provides high-speed wireless internet with a connection of 100 Mbps for up to 2,300 people, as well as a Local Area Network (LAN), VOIP and videoconferencing. All of the conference rooms and expo halls have integrated audio-visual installations and there are 18 LCD screens in the lobbies to provide participants with information about the event. State of the art video-projection equipment and adjustable lighting in the various convention halls is also provided by the center.
General Mariano Escobedo International Airport (MTY)
Approximate taxi fare: 159 MXN
Monterrey's International Airport is the principal transit hub of Northern Mexico and is located 30 minutes from the downtown area. It serves 6.5 million travelers annually. Monterrey International Airport offers connections to 31 national destinations, 10 U.S. destination and two European destinations, as well as flights to Cuba.
The airport has three terminals, and operates almost 300 daily flights, making it Mexico's fourth most important airport in terms of operations per year and passengers served. Terminal B, considered the country's second most modern air facility, was inaugurated in September of 2010; it houses the Sky Team operations and serves up to two million passengers a year, and allows the airport to expand its services with other airlines.
Executive lounges are available for business travelers and several major hotels with business facilities are located only minutes away from the airport. The airport provides a Skybus Express bus service that runs between Monterrey and the airport between 6 AM and 11 PM daily, as well as taxi services to and from the hotels.
International Airlines with Direct Flights include:
The Metrorrey is Monterrey's subway system, with 31 stations and 2 lines. It runs services between 5:00 AM and midnight and is handicap accessible. 1 ticket costs $4.50 MXN (about 40 cents USD).
International and local car rental companies are represented at the airport, including Advantage, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and Thrifty.
Taxis are a cheap and efficient way to get around Monterrey. Fares generally start around $7.45 MXN plus $5.40 MXN per kilometer. Authorized taxis are generally painted green with a white roof and a "taxi" logo; they have an ID number on the side-door and a visible driver ID.
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