Summary: Professional Travel in Mexico
Estados Unidos Mexicanos
The current president of Mexico is Felipe Calderón. Mexico City is the county's capital and the largest
city. With an estimated population of 111 million, it is the most populous Hispanophone country in the
As of 2008, Mexican Americans account for more than 10% of the U.S. population. Approximately one
million U.S. citizens live in Mexico. There are approximately one million legal border crossings per day
between the U.S. and Mexico. Mexico is the third largest U.S. trading partner behind Canada and China.
A hand shake is the proper greeting during introductions. Women may pat each other on the right
forearm or shoulder instead of shaking hands. If they are close, they may hug or kiss each other
on the cheek. When in doubt, men should wait for women to initiate a handshake.
Titles are very important in Mexico. It is best to address a person directly by using his or her title
only, such as Professor. First names are used only by people in familiar terms. Wait for your
counterpart to initiate this switch to first names.
Be prepared for a hug on the second or third meeting.
At a party, give a slight nod to everyone as you enter the room. It is customary to greet and shake
hands with each individual. Usually your host will introduce you. You are also expected to shake
hands with each person when you leave.