Mexico Travel Marketplace Announces 2008 Schedule for U.S. Events

MP Mexico News Staff

( Travel professionals across the U.S. are being invited to attend the 14th annual series of Mexico Travel Marketplace. These events unite Mexico’s most important tourism suppliers and tour operators with an audience of travel professionals in nine key U.S. markets.

These comprehensive events were launched in 1995. They are being coordinated and produced by Oregon-based Destination Ventures, Ltd. Experts in Mexico marketing, Destination Ventures is best known as the organizers of the popular “Magic of Mexico” seminar series (sponsored by the Mexico Tourism Board) and Cancun Tourism Institute (sponsored by the Cancun CVB).

In 2008, the tradeshow series will continue with a thematic structure. This year’s theme is “Luxury, Lifestyle, Living.” The theme will be infused into the destination and supplier presentations.

“We will also encourage our exhibitors and sponsors to convey their luxury, upscale products and opportunities for longer stay vacations,” says Greg Custer, Vice President of Destination Ventures, Ltd.

“Mexico’s luxury product has matured and improved to the point where there are now 10 AAA Five Diamond winners, numerous luxury developments, and dozens of second home/condo opportunities. Agents need to stay up on these developments to satisfy the growing retirement market seeking longer stay trips and the chance to find a variety of lifestyle options,” explains Custer.

Also new for 2008 is an agreement with Virtuoso, Ltd. They will extend special invitations to both their member agencies and preferred Mexico suppliers. The 2008 program offers a highly interactive experience. Attendees can expect small-group, face-to-face supplier meetings, a sit-down dinner and classroom-style education (a 90-minute seminar based on material from the “Magic of Mexico” training program, focused on four destination sponsors).

The nine planned events are sponsored by the Mexico Tourism Board and various airlines and destination CVB’s. Current exhibitors include Aeromexico, Classic Vacations, GoGo Worldwide Vacations, Pleasant Holidays, Happy Vacations, and the CVBs of Mazatlán, Riviera Nayarit, Campeche State, Puerto Vallarta, Sol Meliá, Oasis Hotels, Crown Paradise Hotels, The Villa Group, and others. The “Magic of Mexico” interactive online learning and specialist program will also be featured.

2008 U.S. Event Schedule:

March 11 Chicago, IL (Venue: Café La Cave)
March 12 Denver, CO (Venue: Westin Westminster)
March 13 Houston, TX (Venue: JW Marriott)

April 21 Phoenix, AZ (Venue TBA)
April 22 San Diego, CA (Venue TBA)
April 23 West Los Angeles, CA (Venue TBA)

May 13 Seattle, WA (Venue TBA)
May 14 Portland, OR (Venue TBA)
May 15 Sacramento, CA (Venue TBA)

The cost to attend is U.S. $15 and parking is hosted. Agents will also receive a gourmet dinner, hosted wine, face-to-face supplier meetings, classroom-style education, supplier package previews, and a chance to win vacation prizes. Full details and on-line registration is now available at For more information, call 1-800-599-6633.
Greg or Jane Custer,
Phone: (541) 385-4923,