What is MXLAN?

MXLAN is created to be a true destination event with the purpose of attracting visitors from throughout Texas and Mexico. The 5-day summer music & interactive arts festival celebrates the past, present, and future of Mexico’s cultural influence on our world. The festival will take place in and around McAllen’s Convention Center from July 24-28, 2019.

Visitors can catch 5 days of free musical performances at the MXLAN Breakthrough stage, watch street artists, visit artisan markets, and walk in street parades at sunset- with a letter burning ceremony each night of M-X-L-A-N. Free-to-all.

Event goers can join in on real calenda-style street parades with live music, giant dancing dolls, and an unforgettable experience – Oaxaca’s La Guelaguetza performers sharing ancient traditions with a new generation.

Tickets available for the 7/16 MXLAN Unite Music Festival, Mezcal & Tequila Catrina night, Circo Hermanos Vazquez, Firemasters, Neon Nights 5K, Sabor de Mexico, MXLAN Mindgames e-sports, and La Guelaguetza.

There are also plenty of volunteer opportunities available, so if you or any organization would like to be part of this historical event, please contact Lisa Ramirez at lramirez@visitmcallen.com or register online at http://mxlan.com/mxlan-volunteers

For more information and a detailed schedule of events visit mxlan.com

Casa de Palmas to host APTIV’s 2019 Executive Lean Leadership Training

Published May 2019

APTIV Global Technology Group selected Casa de Palmas in McAllen, Texas to host its 2019 Executive Lean Leadership Training. The four-day training conference will be attended by 40 international guests, generating an estimated $28,000.00 for local businesses.

APTIV is a global technology company that develops safer, greener and more connected solutions enabling the future of mobility. Its headquarters are in Ireland, and has a maquiladora in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

In August 2016 the company was selected by the Singapore Land Transport Authority to help implement a cloud-based mobility-on-demand transport concept. Providing a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles, they opened new business opportunities for existing and potential customers in mobility and connectivity, logistics, agriculture and mining. This was the beginning of three-year pilot program, with a target for fully operational service in 2022.

“We are thrilled APTIV has selected McAllen to host its 2019 Executive Lean Leadership Training,” said Lisa Ramirez, Sales Manager at Visit McAllen. “After reviewing venue options the global technology group determined the Casa de Palmas best met its needs for its training conference.”

If you are a member of an association or organization and would like to host your conference in McAllen, please contact Visit McAllen (McAllen Convention & Visitors Bureau) at 956-682-2871 to find out if your group qualifies for incentives.

McAllen Hotels Awarded Bid from Wells Vehicle Electronics

Wells Vehicle Electronics has selected McAllen hotels to lodge a rotation of its teams from 2019 to 2020. The first team is set to arrive February 2019.


For almost two years rotations of consultants and engineers from Wells’ parent company (NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD., headquartered in Nagoya, Japan) will serve its manufacturing plant in Reynosa, Mexico, while lodging in McAllen- generating an estimated $571,230 for local businesses.


“McAllen hotels have been honored to host executives from Wells since the 80’s,” said Lisa Ramirez, Sales Manager for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This will be the company’s largest group and longest stay with over 5,700 hotel room nights.”


Wells is a global manufacturer and supplier of advanced vehicle electronics components for automotive original equipment and replacement applications. Founded in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in 1903, and acquired by NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. in 2015, Wells operates a state-of-the-art headquarters and electronics manufacturing facility in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, a product distribution center in Centerville, Iowa, and an additional manufacturing plant in Reynosa, Mexico. It was thirty years ago that Wells broke ground in a nearly empty industrial park in Reynosa, Mexico. Today, hundreds more have joined the company. The Reynosa plant is home to state-of-the-art thermoplastic injection presses and manufacturing of end assembly engine management parts for today’s automotive, agricultural and off road vehicles segments. To learn more about Wells, please visit WellsVE.com.


“Lisa Ramirez was instrumental in helping me determine the best option for housing our teams. Her research helped me evaluate the options and move forward confidently,” said Brian Aho, Director of Manufacturing and Quality for Wells Vehicle Electronics. “Wells Vehicle Electronics is very excited about our new business growth opportunities in the McAllen region which will bring long term sustainability to our organization and employees.”


“We are delighted to have the Wells team with us here in McAllen for a longer presence, and will continue to do all we can to ensure that their time in our city is not only productive, but also enjoyable so that they become ambassadors for us when they return home,” Ramirez said.


If your organization is in need of long or short term housing, please contact the McAllen Convention & Visitors Bureau at 956-682-2871.


Brian Aho

Brian Aho, Wells Vehicle Electronics

6th Annual Summer Relaxation Celebration

6th Annual Summer Relaxation Celebration

This is a reminder about our Summer Relaxation Celebration. If you want to participate, contact Leigh Wooldridge (lwooldridge@visitmcallen.com). Space is limited, so reserve your spot soon!

6th Annual Summer Relaxation Celebration

June 13, 2019

5:00 – 7:00pm

Hiatus Spa & Retreat

Austin, Texas


Southwest Showcase Getaway Packages

We are thrilled about participating in Southwest Showcase again and have strategic giveaways for meeting planners! Interested in teaming up? Look over the themed getaway packages below, and email Leigh Wooldridge (lwooldridge@visitmcallen.com) before  Tuesday, January 15, 2019 to reserve your sponsorship and arrange the details.


We are asking participating hotels to donate a free two-night stay during the event. We will provide tickets to the event! The packages are limited and available on a first-come-first serve basis.


MXLAN Getaway Package (event dates: July 24th-28th 2019)


Taste McAllen Getaway (event date: April 4, 2019)


Performing Arts Getaway Package (dates to correspond with a show: https://www.mcallenconventioncenter.net/events/)


Nature Getaway Package (flexible dates)


Shopping & Dinning Getaway Package (flexible dates)