Canada East Chapter

February 25 2013

CINTERMEX Convention & Exhibition Center

By Jennifer N. Dienst, Contributing Editor
PCMA Convene

Infinite possibilities in Monterrey, Mexico

CINTERMEX Convention & Exhibition Center in Monterrey, Mexico's third-largest city, offers a state-of-the-art meeting venue in one of Mexico's most important business and industrial centers. Monterrey is the state capital of Nuevo Leon and is centrally located in Mexico, giving visitors quick access to the rest of Mexico, North America, and the world.

Comprised of both a convention center and an exhibition center, CINTERMEX has hosted 11,000 events since the facility opened more than 20 years ago. The exhibition center offers 197,840 square feet of contiguous space, divisible into six halls capable of accommodating up to 18,000 people for all types of events, from reunions to exhibitions, congresses to conventions. The arcade, a stunning space illuminated by large windows and a dramatic overhead archway, has more than 42,000 square feet of space that can be used for numerous types of event setups. The 7,394-square-foot lobby is also suitable for everything from prefunction activities to banquets. When it comes to technology and logistics, CINTERMEX is equipped to handle any need. The exhibition center's wide, floor-level platforms, 29-foot ceiling height, and floor resistance of 3,740 pounds allow for easy loading, unloading, and assembly. The exhibition center also comes readily equipped with telephone services, electricity, air conditioning, water, drainage, and Wi-Fi.

On CINTERMEX's second level, the convention center has 85,037 total square feet of surface space for events of up to 4,000 guests. The center's 27 meeting rooms are perfect for breakout sessions, and two foyers totaling nearly 21,000 square feet provide plenty of room for registration, F&B breaks, and prefunction activities. When it comes to food-and-beverage at CINTERMEX, creativity is never an afterthought. International menus of any specification can be designed by FEST in&out Catering Service, which can also cater events at off-site locations outside of CINTERMEX. LA ARCADA 1200, the center's on-site restaurant, can accommodate groups of up to 292 people and offers a number of unique spaces for private events, including an outdoor terrace, a bar, and an exclusive VIP dining area.

So why should meeting planners choose to come to Monterrey? First and foremost, it's a smart business decision. Monterrey is the capital city of the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon, which produces 10.2 percent of all of Mexico's manufactured goods and represents 7.7 percent of Mexico's GDP. Nuevo Leon has 4.1 million people, 4 percent of the country's total population, and is also home to 30 universities. Culturally, the region is just as rich. When at leisure, meeting attendees can enjoy Nuevo Leon's 12 golf courses, 20 shopping centers, 20 museums, and 184 hotels, which include 36 five-star properties.

Meeting attendees will also find plenty of things to do and places to stay just outside of CINTERMEX's doors. The facility is at the heart of Parque Fundidora, an urban public park complex where visitors can experience the region's nature and culture through museums, green spaces, and other attractions When it comes to convenient lodging options, the 146-room Hotel AntariSuite Cintermex and the 246-room Holiday Inn Monterrey- Parque Fundidora are both directly connected to CINTERMEX, and more than 5,000 total hotel rooms, including brands like InterContinental and Sheraton, can be found within a five-minute drive of CINTERMEX.

To keep up on the latest news and information about CINTERMEX, download the facility's mobile app for iPhone and Android on iTunes.

For more information: CINTERMEX Convention & Exhibition Center — +52 (81) 8369 6969; cintermex.com

Cintermex Highlights

• CINTERMEX Convention & Exhibition Center hosts 600 events annually and has earned a number of accolades and certifications in its 20-plus years of operation, including the ISO 9001:2008 certification and memberships in PCMA, IAEE, ICCA , and other industry organizations.

• Space is plentiful and flexible at CINTERMEX Convention & Exhibition Center. The facility includes both an exhibition and convention center with 197,840 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, and 85,037 total square feet of meeting space on the building's second level.

• Meeting attendees will find plenty to do and see near CINTERMEX Convention & Exhibition Center, including Parque Fundidora — a mix of green spaces and attractions built on the grounds of the former Iron and Steel Foundry Company.

• Getting to Monterrey is quicker than most might think. Monterrey's airport currently offers 31 direct domestic flights and 10 international flights on major airlines, including American, Delta, United, and AeroMexico. Monterrey's central location in northeastern Mexico means flights are about an hour and a half from Houston and Mexico City, and a two-hour drive from the Texas border.

Convention Center Specs

Contiguous exhibit space
• 197,840 square feet

Meeting space
• 85,037 square feet

Meeting rooms
• 27

Parking spots
• 1,200

Directly connected hotel rooms
• 392

Hotel rooms within a five-minute drive
• More than 5,000

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