Baja California Opens First Convention Center
Baja California inaugurated its first convention center with Mexico's Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, Juan José Guerra Abud. The 300,000-square-foot convention center is located at Km. 31.5 on the highway between Tijuana and Rosarito, and can accommodate events with up to 11,500 attendees.
A $45-million investment from the public and private sectors, the center was commissioned by Governor José Guadalupe Osuna Millan in 2008. The inaugural event marks the completion of the facility’s first phase, which includes a 194,000-square-foot exhibition hall and a 43,000-square-foot lobby. The facility also includes 27,000 square-feet of gardens and open space. Two future expansion phases are planned, which will ultimately build out the center to approximately one million square feet.
"We expect the Baja California Center to greatly benefit the region’s economic and touristic growth, and boost Mexico’s image as a corporate destination," said Baja California State Tourism Secretary Juan Tintos Funcke. "Not only will it bring large corporate events and conventions to the area, but it will be an economic driver with more attractions and restaurants expected to open near the center."
The facility’s first event, Mexico’s National Olympic which runs through May 31, 2013, is expected to attract more than 20,000 athletes and 70,000 visitors. The venue’s 50-foot ceiling, the highest of any convention center in Mexico, makes it ideal for hosting entertainment events like boxing matches and concerts, in addition to corporate meetings and expos.