Though not one of Mexico’s largest states, Tabasco has nonetheless reveled in great wealth thanks to its oil-rich lands.
Hot and tropical, with highs between the mid-80s (27ºC) and the mid-90s (32ºC).
The Villahermosa International Airport (VSA) receives nonstop flights from Houston Intercontinental and Panama. You can also connect via a short flight from Mexico City or Monterrey.
Picks for planners include the 130-room Hampton Inn by Hilton Villahermosa, located near the Tabasco 2000 business district, the Galerías Tabasco and Plaza Altabrisa. It has eight flexible meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 100 guests and complimentary shuttle service to the airport. The Fairfield Inn & Suites, close to a variety of attractions, includes 110 rooms and 24 suites, as well as 2 meeting rooms with 344 ft² (32 m²) of total meeting space.
The city also offers the luxurious 114-room Quinta Real Villahermosa, housed in a historic hacienda, has space for up to 700 people; the Hilton Villahermosa and Convention Center has 26 meeting and event rooms for up to 1,000 attendees; the Four-Diamond 267-room and suite Marriott Hotel has a new lobby and 8 meeting rooms with 15,909 ft² (1,478 m²) of total meeting space; the recently renovated 207-room Hyatt Regency in the heart of the hotel district has 45,000 ft² (4,180 m²) of meeting and conference space, including 8 meeting rooms and 6 boardrooms.
The Tabasco 2000 Convention Center has a capacity for up to 3,000 individuals with more than 35,370 ft² (3,286 m²) of space for expos, conventions and meetings, and the Tabasco Park Pavilion, 30 minutes from the airport, has 7 indoor and outdoor spaces to accommodate up to 9,500 people. Alternative venues include the Planetarium, the House on the Lagoon, and the Centro Cultural Villahermosa.
Villahermosa has a superb Anthropology Museum and an enthralling open-air archaeological park named La Venta, where you’ll find a collection of giant Olmec stone heads and other artifacts. The city is also a good home base for group tours to the Palenque archaeological zone in nearby Chiapas or the Mayan ruins at Comalcalco. In addition, the popular Yumka wildlife ecological park, which offers safari tours, is located about 12 miles (19 km) from the town center.