Two years and four months after the beginning of its construction, one of the most emblematic works of the current state administration opened its doors on Thursday April 5: the International Convention Center (CIC) of Yucatan “Powered by Samsung”.
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The Tourism Promotion Secretariat of the state of Yucatán made a strategic alliance with the Japanese International Technology Giant.
With an investment of more than 1.2 billion pesos, it is considered the most modern of its kind with avant-garde technology, more than 600 jobs generated and 16 major conventions already booked for this year.
Saúl Ancona Salazar, Secretary of Tourism Promotion of the State, said that convention attendees will have the latest in technology and world class services available.
The building can be divided in different size rooms that can be subdivided. The walls are noise proof and the lighting system is state-of-the-art. Besides, the proximity to the most important hotels in town is a huge advantage” Ancona Salazar continued.
The official said that this center will mark a before and after in tourism, particularly in business tourism, as the businessmen of the industry say, the groups and meetings travelers are the ones that spend the most during a stay.
The CIC, assured Ancona Salazar, will bring new business opportunities, new jobs, new investments and is detonating a private investment of over one billion pesos in construction of new hotels and establishments, which in turn will generate an important number of direct and indirect jobs.
The secretary said that all this requires co-responsibility of the authorities and the private initiative. “I see a totall new repositioning of Merida and Yucatan for the work that has been done in the last five years,” Ancona Salazar said.
The secretary of Tourism Promotion stated that the CIC is not a work that will win awards for its architectural design, but it does have huge qualities as a highy functional and operational business center. It was not built to win prizes, but to do businesses for the benefit of Yucatán.
“The challenge is just beginning, the work has already been done, the private sector trusted in us and will have to continue trusting because the challenge is to have a continuity of events and an economic flow,” he said.
Ancona Salazar explained that the average number of events in the convention centers of the country is 12, but in this new center there are already 16 in presale.
“As of its inauguration we are going to launch a promotion campaign,” he said.
The official informed that the first event will be the First International Congress of Urban Parks, which begins on April 25.
About 600 people were involved in the construction of the building, the CIC administration will be in charge of the Trust for the Development of Tourism Convention, according to a decree published on December 31, 2017.
“It is a challenge and a great opportunity for tourism to really takeoff in the Yucatan. It is the newest and most modern convention center built in recent years in the Yucatan Peninsula,” concluded Saúl Ancona Salazar, Secretary of Tourism Promotion of the State.