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Leon is located in the state of Guanajuato and is the fifth largest city in Mexico. The city is a colonial town rich in culture and history. It was first inhabited by a number of different indigenous groups; Viceroy Don Martin Enriquez de Almaza founded Leon in 1576 to establish a defensive position against the fierce tribe of the Chichimecas who opposed the Spanish conquest.

This colonial city later became known as the “Shoe Capital of the World”, due to its large production of quality leather goods and shoes for national and international markets. Without a doubt it is a great shopping destination, in addition to leather, continuous livestock and crop production for the rest of the country.

Leon’s strategic location in the center of Mexico links it to major cities and airports and, in addition to leather, it continues to produce agricultural products and livestock for the rest of the country.

Leon’s recent industrial growth has brought modern architecture, hotels, shopping centers and restaurants, and one of Mexico´s top ten convention centers, Poliforum Leon. This modern structure has 137,795 square feet of event space, can hold up to 12,000 persons, and is designed for events of all types and sizes from catering and concerts to conventions and expos. Conveniently, the Poliforum will soon have an attached Courtyard by Marriott hotel.

The Poliforum Leon has hosted a number of international and national events, including the World Youth Conference 2010, the ISO/TC 207’s 17th Plenary Meetings 2010, and the International Tomato Congress. Leon’s largest convention center is conveniently located near a number of hotels, including the five star Holiday Inn Convention Center with 177 rooms and three meeting rooms that hold 250 persons./span>

The International Airport of Guanajuato is located 20 miles from Leon, and has direct flights to and from six U.S. cities, including Dallas, Chicago and Los Angeles.



Air Flight Connection

Flights / Month    
630 320 310
Passegers / Month    
32,206 17,188 15,017


Connection Cities

  • Mexico City
  • Tijuana
  • Monterrey
  • Dallas
  • Los Angeles
  • Sacramento
  • Cancun
  • San Jose del Cabo
  • Chicago
  • Houston
  • Oakland


Hotel Capability

4,320 (rooms / night)


Convention Capability

241,060 sqft



Venue (sqft) Rooms Website
Poliforum Leon 241,060 4 Exhibition Areas
33 Session Areas



CVB Contact

Name E-mail Telephone
Oscar García Ramos oscar.garcia@ocvleon.com (477) 763 44 01
Felipe Becerra Alvarado fbecerra@ocvleon.com (477) 763 44 01




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