Mexican government planning to renovate Chichén Itzá visitor center

Chichen Itza (Photo: TYT)

As part of a new $20 million peso (1.1  million USD) campaign to promote Chichén Itzá throughout the world, the Mexican government will remodel the visitor center at the renowned Mayan archaeological site in Yucatán.

The Department of Tourism Development, National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and National Tourism Fund (FONATUR) are developing a project with Yucatán authorities to improve the Tourism Parador of Chichén Itzá, in which an initial investment of about $20 million pesos is planned.

The director of Yucatán’s Cultural Patrimony, Enrique Magadán Villamil, said that the work will be done with resources from SEFOTUR (Yucatán’s tourism agency) and the two federal agencies. These agencies oversee maintenance and management of tourist attractions in the state.

The thrust of the campaign is threefold: to improve the tourist center, include a space for local craftsmen, and work together to preserve, restore and publicize more information about the archaeological monuments in Yucatán.

For the visitor center, the agencies are conducting a feasibility study to determine whether improvements will only be effecting space that now exists, or if infrastructure should be expanded.

As to the artisans, they require adequate space, due to the presence of over two million visitors each year received by this renowned archaeological site of Yucatán.

"El Castillo" Chichen Itza (Photo: Jonathan Chim)
“El Castillo” Chichen Itza (Photo: Jonathan Chim)

The resources are available,” said the Yucatán tourism secretary, Saul Ancona Salazar. “Yucatán needs to present a project to determine the amount of investment required. It can be as ambitious as you like, considering in 2016 the federal government is projecting a zero-based budget. But we must be aware of what is asked to solve problems.”

Officials hope to have the project ready in early October with the aim that Governor Rolando Zapata Bello review and consider it as part of the works to promote next year.

Source:  Milenio Novedades



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