Amid all the celebratory hoopla of fireworks, world-renowned musical acts, free-flowing libations and memorable ocean-view vistas, the
42nd edition of Tianguis Turistico in Acapulco, organized by the Mexico Tourism Board, set the stage for
an impressive number of business transactions.
Held from March 27-30, 2017 at the Expo
Mundo Imperial Acapulco Diamante,
promoted for its EarthCheck’s Silver
Certification, the travel show broke
records in terms of attendees,
number of business meetings
and participation from companies, buyers and countries,
exceeding the results in these
categories from all Tianguis Turisticos over the last five years.
The show boasted 10,000 attendees, 44,312 business meetings
and 1,608 buyers. There were 88
countries represented, which was nine
more than last year.
During the inauguration ceremony, Mexico Presi-
dent Enrique Pena Nieto highlighted the importance
of the tourism sector for Mexico and pledged contin-
ued support and investment from his administration
in that area.
Another speaker, the secretary general of the
United Nation’s World Tourism Organization
(UNWTO), Taleb Rifai, a special guest of
President Pena Nieto during the inau-
gural ceremonies, received applause
for his politicized statement:
“I believe no wall will isolate
the country, and anyone who
tries [to] will only isolate them-
Recent comments by Rifai
referring to Mexico as “a world
unto itself,” prompted Lourdes
Berho, CEO of the Mexico Tourism
Board, to propose the words as a
potential destination tagline during the
Tianguis’ usual lively, artsy tradeshow floor
included everyone from acrobats to local artists and
its three-and-a-half days of presentations focused
on everything from sustainability to social media.
Cocktail parties and off-site lunches highlighted some
of Acapulco’s most exquisite venues, such as Las
Brisas Acapulco, Villa Susana and restaurant Becco al
Mare. One of the event highlights was the gala night
performance by musical group Los 5, whose hit song
Acapulco had everyone on their feet.
International press also attended the launch event
of Xtasea, the world’s longest over-the-ocean zipline.
On the final night of Tianguis, held at Tres Vidas Golf
Club Acapulco, local authorities “passed the baton” to
those representing Mazatlan, the chosen destination
for the 2018 Tianguis Turistico.
MEXICO DAZZLES AT ITS ANNUAL TOURISM TRADESHOW
MEXICO TOURISM BOARD
OPENING NIGHT GALA, PRINCESS MUNDO IMPERIAL
OPENING NIGHT GALA,
PRINCESS MUNDO IMPERIAL
By Marlene Goldman
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