The venue for this year's conference is the Sheraton Maria Isabel Reforma - a beautiful and luxurious hotel centrally located in the business heart of Mexico City.
Here you can see the view of the main avenue of Mexico City's commercial district - Reforma -from a window of the Sheraton.
The hotel is located 25-50 minutes from the airport, depending on the time of day. Taxis cost ~US$20, and are available in kiosks at the departure doors from the airport terminals.
We have reserved a block of 100 rooms at the discounted price of US$125 per night. These rooms will be available for reservations from Sunday, June 4 to Sunday, June 11.
Reservations must be made by May 17th.
Use the following link to make your reservation. The block of rooms is available on a first-come-first-served basis. We will update this page when the block of rooms is sold out, with the names of nearby hotels within walking distance. When making a reservation, be sure to enter dates between the 4th and the 11th before clicking “check availability”.
The hotel conference rate of US$125 is subject to VAT 16% and lodging tax of 3.5%. The hotel rate includes Internet, WiFi access, free access to Sheraton Fitness, and Marriot Bonvoy points.
Reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card number. No-shows will be charged a first night stay penalty. The cancellation policy is 48 hours prior to arrival date. Check-in time at the hotel is 3:00 PM. The hotel will make reasonable efforts to accommodate early arrivals, but to be 100% certain of entering your room from an early-morning arrival flight, you would have to reserve the night before. Check out time is 12:00 PM.
Conference Activity in the Hotel
Conference registration will be available in the hotel on the third floor outside the main conference hall: Bugambilias, on the 3rd floor of the main Reforma tower of the hotel. Registration will be open at 5 pm on Monday, June 5.
Meetings will be held daily from Tuesday starting at 9 am in Bugambilias Hall. Adjacent to the conference hall is the vendors' exhibitors' room.
Continental breakfast and morning & afternoon coffee breaks will be held in the exhibitors' room. Continental breakfast will be available daily starting at 7 am.
The welcome reception & cocktail "meet and greet" will be held Monday evening, June 5, beginning at 7 pm, in the Angel A & B Hall on the 19th floor of the Reforma tower. This same location will be where we have our sitdown buffet lunch on Tuesday - Friday, as well as our conference dinner on Tuesday evening.
Enjoy Mexico City!
Mexico City is an exciting and vibrant city, as well as having many beautiful and interesting areas to visit. As you can see from the adjacent picture of the view from a window of our hotel, it is unusual in that the "main drag" of the principal commercial district is a beautiful, tree-lined grand boulevard, as well as being home to 70-story skyscrapers, etc.
This area as well as nearby restaurant and residential districts are lively and safe for walking at all hours of the day and evening. During the conference, you will be on your own Thursday and Friday evenings. There are some wonderful museums and other sites to visit. And we can provide you with recommendations to some excellent restaurants for whatever your desired cuisine.
The easiest way to get to any of the various museums or nice restaurants is via Uber, which will cost ~US$10-15 each way for most of them, and is safe and reliable.
The Best Sites
The most important site to see while you are in Mexico City is the pyramids of Teotihuacan. The larger of the two pyramids is 75 m. (250 ft.) tall. The city of Teotihuacan in its heyday almost 2000 years ago was the 6th largest in the world, with around 125,000 inhabitants. We will be seeing Teotihuacan on Wednesday, June 7, as our main social event!
Another important site you mustn't miss is the Museo Nacional de Antropologia. This is truly one of the finest museums in the world -- 13,000 years of human history in Mexico. It is open Tuesday through Sunday 9 am - 6 pm, with ~US$5 admission. It is a 30 minute walk from the hotel.
Across the main road from the museum is Mexico City's Chapultepec Park - the oldest and largest urban park in Latin America, and one of the oldest urban parks in the world. It is also the location of Chapultepec Castle.
To see Mexican fine art, visit the Museo de Bellas Artes, which is near the Zocalo, the center of the old city, where the cathedral is located and also where the ruins of Mexico City's original pyramids are located. The Museo de Bellas Artes is distinguished by giant murals by Diego Rivera, considered Mexico's greatest artist. It is open Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 6 pm.
To round out some of the more famous of the many art museums in Mexico City, see Frida Kahlos's Blue House . Frida is probably Mexico's most iconic and internationally famous artist, and this museum is where she and her husband Diego Rivera lived together. Of the places we recommend visiting, it is the farthest from the hotel - 45 minutes - and is open Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 5:30 pm. While in the same neighborhood, there is also a fascinating museum devoted to Diego Rivera, the Museo Anahuacalli, that is also worth seeing.
Back to historical sites, also in the Zocalo - and only 20 minutes from the hotel - is a fascinating set of pyramid ruins. The Spaniards built the national cathedral by disassembling most of a
pyramid. In the process, they exposed that the pyramid was actually built in 7 stages -- each stage concentrically on the outside of the previous one. This is now a museum: the Templo Mayor. It is open Tuesday - Sunday 9 am - 5 pm. And right by the Zocalo, if you like beautiful buildings, check out the Gran Hotel de Mexico -- an incredible work of art!
We hope that you find the time to explore and enjoy the wonders of Mexico City while you are also enjoying our first in-person AGIFORS Airline Operations conference in 4 years!