The City’s principal economic activities focus on the tourism industry, with a lively trade in local handicrafts.
Warm days range from low 80s (27ºC) to low 90s (32ºC) and lows can drop to high 40s (4ºC). Rain is concentrated during the summer months.
The Oaxaca International Airport (OAX) receives direct flights from Houston; you can also fly into Mexico City and connect with a one-hour flight..
The 91-room five-star Quinta Real Oaxaca former convent has unusual event spaces such as the Wash House Garden and more, with capacities for events of up to 150 people. The Hotel Parador de Alcalá offers a sleek mix of history and modernity with 21 rooms and a gorgeous meeting room for up to 18 executives. Ten minutes outside the city, the 23-room and Suite Hotel Hacienda Los Laureles offers gastronomy, service and luxury accommodations, plus access to horseback riding and golf, as well as a meeting room for small groups.
The list is topped by the Monte Albán Exposition Center, the largest in Oaxaca with a capacity for over 3,000 people, and is adjacent to the Alvaro Carrillo Theater, which can sit up to 1,100 people.
Meetings with a colonial backdrop can be organized in venues such as the Teatro Macedonio Alcalá, with 1,668 ft² (155 m²) of space for up to 150 people; the former Government Palace now Museo del Palacio Universum, with room for events up to 1,200 people, and the State Museum of Popular Art, with a 4,300 ft² (400 m²) central patio and a 2,153 ft² (200 m²) terrace. Outdoors events for up to 500 people are a delight at the Ethnobotanical Gardens, part of the Santo Domingo Cultural Center.
Its cobblestone streets are made for walking, dotted with unique boutique shops filled with colorful regional folk art and impressive colonial architecture. The city celebrates several festivals throughout the year, such as the famous Guelaguetza in July. Don’t miss a trip to the ruins of Monte Albán and Mitla. For pre or post-event incentive tours, take your group to the famed Bahías de Huatulco, for a surfing vacation to Puerto Escondido or around to the nearby towns for exquisite handicrafts, such as San Bartolo Coyotepec for black clay or San Marín Tilcajete for the famous hand-carved alebrijes.
Coming up:Plans are on the table for a MX$500 million new Fiesta Americana property in the city, expected to be offer 220 luxury accommodations with an all-inclusive format, which will effectively make it the largest hotel in the area. As of press time, construction date was TBD.