MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Mexico City is continuing to see an increase in development of accommodation options for both leisure and business travelers, which account for more than 12 million visitors per year. Business travel is especially booming as a result of the thousands of conventions, trade shows and business meetings that take place in Mexico City every year. In an effort to support the influx of business travel to the ancient capital and to continue making Mexico City a convenient location for the growing number of international travelers, hoteliers have turned their attention to the newly-developed Santa Fe business district of Mexico City and the Benito Juarez International Airport, the busiest airport in Latin America – serving more than 25 million passengers per year. Most recently, major international hotel companies including Starwood, Marriott and Hilton have announced plans to open new properties and conduct significant renovations on existing hotels in Mexico City beginning in 2011.
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W Santa Fe:
W Hotels, an innovative luxury brand of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, recently announced expansion plans with a new property slated to open in Santa Fe in 2014. W Santa Fe will feature 132 rooms, several destination bars and restaurants, a pool deck and an outdoor bar, W’s signature Living Room bar and cafe; a 4,000-square-foot Away Spa; a state-of-the-art fitness facility; and 7,800 square feet of meetings and events space. The hotel will be part of a new, mixed-use development called Liberty Plaza, designed by Richard Meier, Edmonds International and Krause Sawye.
W Mexico City:
W Santa Fe will be the second W in the D.F., joining the existing W Mexico City that is located in the upscale Polanco neighborhood, home to the newly opened Museo Soumaya. This eight year old property is also set to receive a significant renovation over the next couple of years.
Courtyard Mexico City lufthavn:
Marriott International announced plans to open the first Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Mexico City at the Benito Juarez International Airport, which will be connected to international terminal number one by a footbridge. Slated to open in early 2012, the 292-room hotel will offer four levels of guest rooms; a patio level with retail outlets; a mezzanine level with a lobby and fitness center; and two levels of underground parking.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Mexico City Airport Område:
Hilton Worldwide announced plans for a DoubleTree by Hilton expansion throughout Mexico, including a new property set to open in Mexico City later this year. This will be one of the first DoubleTree by Hilton locations and will also be located near the Benito Juarez International Airport, allowing for ease of access for international visitors.
Mexico City is the country’s premier tourism destination, welcoming more than 12 million visitors a year. The ancient capital presents a vibrant, contemporary culture combining pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern influences that span nearly seven centuries. With 160 museums (more than any other city in the world), 31 distinct archeological and historic sites, as well as 100 art galleries, the city’s tourism industry is enhanced with the support of the Tourism Promotion Mixed Fund of the Federal District of Mexico City (Fondo Mixto de Promocion Turistica del Distrito Federal). This government entity works with industry partners and the Tourism Ministry to attract both leisure and business travelers by implementing the use of dedicated public- and private-sector funds.