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MEETING RESOURCES MEXICO TOURISM BOARD (MTB) VISIT MEXICO MEETINGS WEB SITE The new is the Mexico Tourism Board’s web page to assist International Meeting Planners, DMCs and PCOs in making business decisions about Mexico Meetings destinations. The new, single source for information web page joins all of the platforms of the MTB such as: Mexico Meetings Network (CVENT RFP’s Generator), the Meeting and Incentive Planner, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You’ll also find useful information such as a tool kit for planning, info about economic incentives, key contacts, testimonials, promotional videos, technical information about Mexico’s meeting destinations, highlights, a calendar of events and the latest news about meeting in Mexico. To help promote your Mexico programs, the MTB also offers free use of its library of photographs, which includes photos of hotels, resorts and key destinations available for download at Mexico’s friendly helpfulness isn’t just on-site. It begins with key support from many experts, starting with the Mexico Tourism Board. PERSONAL ASSISTANCE For face-to-face support, the MTB has offices in a number of major cities. Contact them directly for personal assistance. • Washington, D.C.: (202) 265-9021 Contact: Eduardo Chaillo — Virginia Arana — • Chicago: (312) 228-0517 Contact: Teresa Matamoros — • New York: (212) 308-2110 Contact: Carmen Laborin — 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 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. 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 are 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—taxfree—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. MEETING RESOURCES 19

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MMIP 2012

Here and There
Face to Face
Valuable Partners
Meeting Resources
Centers of Attention
The Right Stuff
What to Do
Mexico's Cooking
Baja California
Mundo Maya
Mexican Caribbean
Pacific Coast
Mexico Meetings Hotels

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