When I was first asked if I was interested in a Girlfriend Getaway trip to Mexico City I didn’t know how to respond. That’s not really high on my list of destinations to visit. However, the more I researched Mexico City and what it had to offer, I realized this could be an uncovered travel gem that I must go see.
The trip centered around Fita 2010 (www.fitamx.com), which is an international Tourism Fair aiming to bring together professionals from the global tourism industry to enhance the promotion and marketing of tourism products and destinations. As Mexico City is celebrating its 200 anniversary of independence, the city was the logical choice for the inaugural event.
Upon arrival, we were transported to our hotel for the next few nights, the Westin Santa Fe Mexico City (http://tinyurl.com/2fgzx42), which is ideally positioned in the heart of Mexico City’s downtown Santa Fe. The hotel is just a stroll from Expo Bancomer Convention Center, corporate offices, restaurants and shopping at Centro Comercial Santa Fe. This area of Mexico City is very modern in architecture and economics.
Upon arrival, we toured the National Museum of Anthropology (www.mna.inah.gob.mx/), which contains the world's largest collection of ancient Mexican art and also has ethnographic exhibits about Mexico's present-day indigenous groups. There is a hall dedicated to each of the cultural regions of Mesoamerica and the ethnological exhibits are located on the second floor.
The conference was quite impressive as representatives from various tourism venues were on hand, including Egypt, Cancun, Bangladesh, Brazil, Panama, Thailand, Guatemala, Columbia, Uruguay, Cuba, Los Cabos, South Africa and China. We attended a few press conferences, walked the trade show floor and enjoyed lunch with Mexico City’s Tourism Secretary Lic. Alejandro Rojas Diaz Duran.
PHOTO: Casey & Meredith make a new friend on the Fita Tradeshow Floor.