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Cancun, QR. The Mexican Caribbean participates from June 21 to 23 in the World Education Congress (WEC), the most important meeting industry event organized by the largest international association of meetings professionals Meeting Professionals International (MPI), and which takes place in San FranciscoCalif.

The congress brings together meeting industry professionals, event buyers from around the world and destinations that seek to stay ahead of the issues and trends related to this sector.

“Being present at this event allows us to have first-hand updates regarding the holding of events, since due to the latest changes in the world, adjustments have had to be made and more technology tools integrated,” said Darío Flota Ocampo, CEO of Tourism Promotion Council of Quintana Roo (CPTQ).

“This is why the Mexican Caribbean as an example of a destination worldwide, not only in tourist arrivals, but also in holding events that include meetings, incentive trips, weddings and congresses, must have the instruments and knowledge that this type of events it offers through its exhibitors and conferences”, he added.

Tourism promotion offices from Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Canada, Arlington, Montreal, Toronto, Galveston, Tampa Bay, Houston, Sacramento, Colorado, Las Vegas, Louisville, Miami, New Orleans, Monterey ( California), Colorado Springs and Los Cabos.

Flota Ocampo commented that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the MPI association, which has become the largest and most influential in the world dedicated to meeting and event professionals, and which currently chairs the MPI Mexican Caribbean chapter, Rocío González Jonguitud , who is also in charge of the meeting tourism segment of the CPTQ.

In a previous interview, Flota Ocampo commented that the segment of congresses and conventions has been one of the “most difficult during the pandemic” and in which he has worked the most to develop new operating models and protocols.

Although there is no quantification of losses, it is a fact that the events were postponed and canceled to such an extent that a reactivation is hardly being sought despite the fact that other sectors of the tourism industry such as hotels or cruises have already been operating for several months, the official explained.

He indicated that the meetings industry went through several stages, in the first a survey was carried out where a rebound was expected in the second half of 2021; however, “the dates were passing, and when a recovery was expected, they were passing more and we are hardly seeing signs of recovery”.

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