Yucatan’s tourism growth and its projection as a “smart destination” aroused the interest of international hotel chains to invest in the state, with the expected arrival of three global firms by the end of 2019 around the area of the Yucatan International Congress Center, said the Secretary of Tourism Promotion (SEFOTUR), Saul Ancona Salazar.
In early 2018 it is expected that six hotels will be inaugurated around the new convention center. These hotels are now in the stage of planning and development, so it is expected that projects will start to make themselves known by the middle of next year.
The head of Yucatan Tourism confirmed that of these six new hotels that will be installed in the heart of the hotel zone of the city, three belong to recognized international firms, which will entrench their brands and prestige in southeast Mexico.
Hotel industry to detonate sources of employment in the state
“The themes of hotel investment in the coming years are on track, I can say that there are two international chains so far interested in a position in Yucatan, in Merida, particularly. Some are already close to closing and other firms are in search phase. It is a matter of waiting to make an announcement on the matter “, Ancona said.
The international chains will carry out their projects during the next 30 months.
On the construction of the Yucatan International Convention Center, Ancona Salazar said good progress overall is being made and in coming days the spaces will be defined within the enclosure.
“The International Convention Center is making very good progress … We work in parallel on other issues, with groups of civil society in Merida on the issue of urbanization around the center, as to the roads and especially what that area will be within two years,” he said.
Yucatan has currently 12,427 rooms, 75 percent of which are in Merida and the rest in the interior of the State.
Meanwhile, the leader of the Mexican Chamber of Yucatan Hotels (CMHY), Ricardo Dájer Nahum, said that the six lodging projects in the area of the convention center increase the number of hotel rooms for the state, and thus greater exposure of this tourist destination will be achieved.
“This will be very positive, as it will trigger many sources of employment, which will benefit the Yucatecan families, which is one of the priorities of the government of Yucatan,” he said.
Sources said that these hotels, because of their type and classification, will require minimum investment of 200 million pesos ($10.9 million USD) each, with a total investment expected to exceed 1.2 billion pesos ($66 million USD).
The business segment and conventions represent an attractive niche market for Yucatan, so at the end of the year further announcements of arrival of more hotels in the city are expected.
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