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Mexico’s friendly helpfulness isn’t just on-site — it begins with key support from many experts starting with the Mexico Tourism Board.
Mexico Tourism Board (MTB)
Meeting planners can find a wealth of information at their fingertips at the Visit Mexico Meets web site at www. visitmexico.com/meetings, which is available 24/7 to assist International Meeting Planners, DMCs and PCOs in making business decisions about Mexico Meetings destinations. The single source for information joins all of the platforms of the MTB such as the Mexico Meetings Network (CVENT RFP’s Generator), the Meeting and Incentive Planner, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Another valuable resource, launched by the MTB, is the Mexico Meetings Toolkit, which can be downloaded via PDF. The Toolkit represents a collection of key documents that may be of interest to the meeting planner community for bringing their next event to Mexico such as Mexico and visitors facts, and many other practical matters. It offers planners who want to bring groups to Mexico educational tools that they can share with their stakeholders, and the easy access PDF delivers this valuable information. Its available to download through the url: http://www.visitmexico.com/work/models/Meetings30/pdf/toolkit.pdf To help promote planners’ Mexico programs, the MTB also of fers free use of its librar y of photographs, which includes pictures of hotels, resor ts and key destinations available for download.
For face-to-face support, the MTB has offices in a number of major cities. Contact them directly for personal assistance. n Washington, D.C.: (202) 265-9021 Contact: Eduardo Chaillo — echaillo@visitMexico.com n Chicago: (312) 228-0517 Contact: Teresa Matamoros — tmatamoros@visitMexico.com n New York: (212) 308-2110 Contact: Carmen Laborin — claborin@visitMexico.com MTB in Europe In July 2012, the MTB opened its first office in Europe in Brussels, Belgium. The location was chosen to offer clients worldwide services because of a continued strong demand and interest in Mexico internationally. Mexico has also seen rapid growth in its conventions and congresses sector from groups worldwide. n Brussels: (+32) 00 2 629 0791 Contact: Virginia Arana — varana@visitMexico.com To contact the MTB in the U.S. call (800) 44-Mexico. In Mexico, call the MTB at 011 (5255) 5278-4200 at any of the following extensions: 1500, 1512, 1513 or 1517. You can e-mail the MTB at meetings@visitMexico.com. Meet-and-greet the MTB specialists at the big shows: AIBTM, MPI, SITE, IMEX and others. Need additional support? Contact one of Mexico’s 56 CVBs directly. n
ENTRY AND CUSTOM REQUIREMENTS One of the most inviting things about meeting in Mexico is just how convenient it is to visit. Here are key points for your clients to know so that arriving and departing is seamless.
To get into Mexico, your attendees must have a valid U.S. passport. They must fill out a tourist migratory form (FM-T), which is distributed to passengers on the plane (or onboard the ship or at the land point of entry). Once the form is stamped at the airport (or other point of) immigration station, it’s valid for a stay of up to 180 days. Every visitor must keep the migratory form with them as long as they are in Mexico, and must turn it in when they leave the country. Business travelers must complete a different form (Form FM-N) when they enter Mexico, which authorizes the conduct of business, but not employment, for a 30-day period. There is an entry fee (usually about $20) and a departure fee (approximately $20). Both fees are usually included in the price of the airline ticket.
Visitors entering Mexico also must fill out one Customs Declaration Form per family. This form is handed out on the plane, onboard the ship or at the land point of entry. In addition to personal luggage, visitors arriving by plane have the right to bring in—tax-free—up to $300 worth of articles, with the exception of beer, alcoholic drinks and processed tobacco. After passing through Immigration, visitors go to the custom authority’s fiscal traffic light. If the light flashes green, they hand in the customs declaration and exit the airport. If the light flashes red, their luggage is opened and inspected by a customs officer who compares the contents with the customs declaration form before the visitor exits the airport. Visitors carrying more than $10,000 in cash, cashier’s checks or any other document to be cashed must declare the monies on both the Customs Declaration and Declaration of Passenger’s Money in Exit (Declaración de Dinero Salida de Pasajeros) forms.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MMIP 2013
Here and There
Centers of Attention
Spotlight on Congresses
What They Say About Mexico
What to Do
Mexico Meetings Hotels