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New York City and Mexico City announce city-to-city partnership

Partnership marks first-ever tourism agreement between the two cities.

MEXICO CITY – NYC & Company -the City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization – joined Mexico City Mayor Dr. Miguel Angel Mancera Espinosa, and representatives from Mexico City’s promotional company Fondo Mixto de Promocion Turistica del Distrito Federal (FMPT) and Aeromexico to announce the first-ever city-to-city partnership to boost tourism between Mexico City and New York City. NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta and FMPT General Director Armando Lopez Cardenas were on hand to sign a media asset-sharing agreement valued at USD $250,000 each with Mayor Mancera serving as witness. The one-year agreement includes a reciprocal multimedia marketing exchange between the two destinations and a special, limited-time Aeromexico roundtrip airfare deal on its four daily flights, including the recently launched luxury 787 Dreamliner. Also participating in the announcement was Aeromexico’s CEO, Dr. Andres Conesa. The event took place at Mexico City’s City Hall.

“Mexico City has long been a home away from home for me personally,” said NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta. “From the warm, friendly people to the exquisite dining and cultural attractions, I have always found Mexico City to be one of the most wondrous and romantic destinations in the world. I’m thrilled to be able to grow more tourism opportunities between our two great destinations, and help encourage more Mexicans to visit New York City and promote the Mexico City I fell in love with to all New Yorkers.”

“This is the first agreement of its kind that is signed by Mexico City – our intention is to share not only promotions but know-how and best practices. Mexico City is looking for more and better tools to efficiently compete in today’s global markets,” said Armando Lopez Cardenas, Managing Director of the Mexico City’s Tourism Trust.

“For Aeromexico, New York City is a very valuable market. Serving 4 daily nonstop frequencies from Mexico City and 1 daily nonstop flight from Cancun, allows the airline to offer more than 1,400 daily seats to New York City. That’s why the carrier is so pleased to be part of actions like these that drive tourism and business travel not only between these two cities, but also between both nations” said Andres Conesa, CEO Aeromexico.

The city-to-city advertising exchange through November includes a swap of media valued at $250,000 each. In Mexico City, New York City promotions highlighting the energy and vibrancy of all five boroughs will appear in newsprint, radio and digital media ,beginning Oct. 30 through Nov. 20. While in New York City, 83 bus shelters promoting travel to Mexico City will generate an estimated 36 million impressions throughout the City. Those ads will run for four weeks beginning today. Additionally, as part of the new agreement, New York City and Mexico City will also share best practices in tourism management in an effort to increase the number of visitors between both markets in the year ahead.

Last October, NYC & Company launched a new tourism and promotional office in Mexico, the City’s 9th largest international market, which has increased travel to New York City by almost 100 percent over the last seven years. The office provides tourism development, marketing and communications support—working closely with the travel trade and media throughout all of Mexico to promote the City’s diverse offerings. In 2012, New York City welcomed 387,000 visitors from Mexico, a 3 percent increase over the previous year. Visitors from Mexico spent an average of $1,706 per person per trip and collectively $660 million in 2012.

According to DGAC (Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil) General Administration for Civil Aviation, in 2012; 325,000 passengers traveled to Mexico City using New York as a point of origin compared to 279,363 that traveled during 2011.

Partnership marks first-ever tourism agreement between the two cities.

Photo caption: Mexico City, Mexico.

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network | Website

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.