CVB Press Release Archive

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 or register online at

For more information and a detailed schedule of events visit

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.

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 ( 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 ( 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:


Nature Getaway Package (flexible dates)


Shopping & Dinning Getaway Package (flexible dates)