Cancun Travel Mart Expanded

Will include agents and meeting planners

By: Lisa Jennings

The 17th Annual Cancun Travel Mart, scheduled for Oct. 13-15, will be expanded this year to include retail travel agents and group meeting planners.

The annual trade event in Cancun, which is hosted by the Quintana Roo Hotel Association, has long included tour operators and area suppliers. But this year association members urged organizers to showcase the destination to all segments of the industry.

“Many Quintana Roo Hotel Association officers and members feel that inviting qualified retail travel agents and group meeting planners to Cancun Travel Mart will make the event more valuable and productive for everyone. Tour operator business sessions are being expanded, and we think travel agents and meeting planners will appreciate the opportunity to personally see and experience Cancun,” said association president Jose Chapur Zahoul.

The travel mart is expected to bring buyers from 16 countries to Cancun to meet with 250 suppliers from all over the Mexican Caribbean, including Cozumel, the Riviera Maya, Costa Maya and Isla Mujeres.

In addition to visiting with suppliers, agents will be invited to attend seminars, workshops and site inspections. But the buyer and supplier business sessions are the main focus, with almost 2,000 appointments already pre-scheduled. Business sessions will be expanded this year to be held over two days.

Along with the hotel association, event sponsors include the Cancun Visitors & Conventions Bureau, the National Chamber of the Restaurant Industry, Real Resorts/Best Day Tours, Planet Hollywood, Outback Steak House, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, the Directorio de Hoteles Mexico, and Xcaret Park.

American Airlines is offering special roundtrip fares from the U.S. for approved delegates of $175. Tour operator buyer registration fees are $125 and include all functions, airport transfers and shuttle transportation.

IATAN and CLIA travel agents registration fees are $175 and include three nights’ double-room accommodations, airport transfers and all functions, including seminars, site inspections and the Travel Exposition. Qualified meeting planners will be hosted by the hotel association.

Association member supplier registration fees are $1,195 for up to 35 pre-scheduled appointments, or $1,595 for up to 70 pre-scheduled appointments. Suppliers also pay $165 per delegate.

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