Travel seminar tours U.S., Canada

MEXICO CITY -- In an effort to educate the travel agent community and promote Mexico as a destination, the Mexico Tourism Board is conducting instructional seminars called Mexpert in 32 cities in the U.S. and Canada.

In this roving seminar series, agents gather at a local hotel to hear the latest news from a team of hoteliers, airlines representatives and tour operators.

Each seminar costs $25 per person.

"Most professional travel agents are familiar with Mexico," said Javier Vega Camargo, general director of the tourism board. "Thanks to them, we are now the seventh most visited destination in the world.

"This is our opportunity to meet travel agents in person, thank them for all of their hard work and provide them with the tools they need to help their clients plan travel to Mexico."

Graduates of the course will earn the title Mexico Specialist and an invitation for a four-day familiarization trip to Mexico to see the latest improvements first-hand.

Vega said Mexico tourism is fast-changing, with new resorts and upgraded facilities, and Americans are increasingly seeking out trips to small, out-of-the-way places.

As part of its program, the board will continue to update Mexpert graduates with the latest travel information.

The following is a list of half- or full-day seminars:

Oct. 31, Montreal; Nov. 2, New York; Nov. 9, Philadelphia; Nov. 10, White Plains, N.Y.; Nov. 14, Vancouver; Nov. 15, Calgary, Alberta, and Nov. 16, Edmonton, Alberta.

Again, Feb. 6, Sacramento, Calif.; Feb.7, San Jose, Calif.; Feb. 8, San Francisco; Feb. 13, Phoenix; Feb. 13, Washington; Feb. 14, Miami; Feb. 14, Las Vegas; Feb. 15, Tampa, Fla., and Feb. 15, Atlanta.

Also, Feb. 20, Spokane, Wash.; Feb. 22, Portland, Ore.; Feb. 27, West Los Angeles; Feb. 28, Irvine, Calif.; March 1, San Diego; March 6, Dallas; March 7, Houston; March 8, San Antonio, and March 9, Salt Lake City.

For more information or venue locations, call Destination Ventures toll-free at (800) 869-4204.

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