Much of the state’s robust growth is thanks to its strong manufacturing sector, with an especially strong automobile industry.
Metals, leather goods and processed foods also make up a significant portion of the state’s GDP, and Guanajuato is also one of Mexico’s top tourism draws
Average temperature of 73ºF (23ºC), with the warmest month in May (89.1ºF / 31.7ºC) and the coolest in January (45.9ºF / 7.7ºC).
León and the state of Guanajuato also boast other economic facets as well as major innovations in health services and diagnostics, research, agriculture and higher education, offering its citizens 28 institutions of higher learning. The state continues to expand its industrial spectrum with pharmaceuticals such as Pfizer and Senosiain, and agro-industrial entities like Gamesa-Quaker, Ferrero and Conagra Foods.
Footwear and leather goods have long defined León’s image on the world stage, thanks to a dedicated workforce and cattle ranches in the region offering an abundant range of leather. León produces almost 70 percent of the shoes that are made in Mexico.
Despite its continued prominence in footwear and leather, León, the neighboring city of Silao and its surroundings have now become the fastest growing automotive cluster in Mexico. In Guanajuato there are 28 industrial parks housing plants from big names such as General Motors, Mazda, Honda, Toyota and other parts assembly plants. Japan, Germany, the US and other countries have a great presence in the state.
The Guanajuato International Airport (BJX) receives nonstop flights from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles.
The Holiday Inn & Suites Leon Plaza Mayor offers 152 guestrooms and 36 suites, as well as 11,141 ft² (1,035 m²) of total meeting space. The Four-Diamond HS Hotel Hotsson, with 211 contemporary rooms has 13,595 ft² (1,263 m²) of meeting space. The Three-Diamond Marriott Courtyard is connected directly to the center, with 1,615 ft² (150 m²) of versatile meeting space. Also within a 10-minute walk: the 167-room Radisson Poliforum Plaza Leon and the 175-room Holiday Inn Convention Center.
The Poliforum Leon offers over 242,000 ft² (22,529 m²) of expo space and 116,110 ft² (10,787 m²) of meetings and convention space in a 165.5-acre (67-hectare) complex that is a business, entertainment and cultural center. Alternative venues include the Forum Cultural Guanajuato for events of up to 2,400 people.
Leon has six PGA-certified golf courses. Other pursuits include sightseeing in the historic downtown district and perusing museums. And because it is one of Mexico’s fashion Meccas, you can include a unique added value to your event: combine your group’s experience with visits to designer showrooms, offer them signature fashion or footwear designs and tours of design center, set up “fashion talks” with design experts and, of course, take them shopping in the many malls dedicated to leather and footwear.
Coming Up: The 5-star plus Mexico Plaza Hotel Cleviá with 139 rooms and suites and event space for up to 500 people, plus 4 additional small meeting areas.