Mexico City (Distrito Federal Mexico state) Even to New Yorkers used to "big," Mexico City is an impressive place. With a population of around 20 million, it is the largest city in the world and one of the foremost cultural capitals. As a major business and financial center, the city features international-class, deluxe hotels with over 24,000 rooms and excellent meetings facilities for large and small groups. Meeting planners should note that the city was recently named the most affordable of 125 major cities around the world.

Meeting Needs, at a Glance Convention Centers: Mexico City has several top-of-the-line meeting facilities: the World Trade Center, which has a new International Expositions and Conventions Center that can accommodate 4,700 attendees in 60,000 square feet of modular space; The Exhibimex Exhibition Hall has a capacity for 4,000 attendees with 88,000 square feet of exhibit space all on one level. The National Auditorium can comfortably seat 10,000.

Attractions: Mexico City features such incredible sights as the pyramids of Teotihuacan; the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco; El Zocalo, the second largest square in the world; The National Palace; The Cathedral; and The Museum of Anthropology, arguably the finest archaeological museum in the world. Other museums include The Museum of Mexican History at The Chapultepec Castle, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Museum of Contemporary Art.

Guadalajara (Jalisco state) Guadalajara is the essence of Mexico, known for its mariachi music and its Tequila. Noted as well for flowers, beautiful buildings, and hospitality, this bustling metropolis has managed to maintain its colonial architecture and old-world charm.

In Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city, more than 80 percent of the visitors are business travelers. In this cultural capital of western Mexico, 4,000 of the 16,000 hotel rooms are high-end properties featuring deluxe amenities and corporate services. Although the hotels are scattered throughout town, all are readily accessible to the expansive Expo Guadalajara Convention Center.

Meeting Needs, at a Glance Convention Centers: Expo Guadalajara with 678,000 square feet of space includes a main exhibit hall of 155,000 square feet, with a booth capacity for 1,200. The special events area has 23,000 square feet of space with an auditorium-style seating capacity for 3,500. There are 5,000 area hotel rooms.

Attractions: Besides the beauty of the city, museums, and bullfights, there are five championship-quality golf courses and excellent tennis facilities.