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October 30, 2017

New Yucatan Convention Center to Wrap Construction by Year’s End

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The Yucatán International Convention Center (ICC), Powered by Samsung, is set to open in March 2018 in the Yucatan’s capital city of Mérida. As construction of the facility is scheduled to be completed by year-end, development of a tourist corridor continues, with more than 15 new hotels planned, along with a retail plaza and cultural center to meet an anticipated 10 percent increase in demand for meeting services.

The ICC marks Samsung’s first business alliance in Latin America. The collaboration will not only provide technology to the Center, but also promote the ICC, Yucatán and Mexico to the global market. The ICC is also the only building in Mexico constructed with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED-Gold) certification. This sustainable venue has 13 events confirmed so far for 2018, bringing an economic impact of more than $10.9 million.

A Look Inside the ICC

The Yucatán International Convention Center is designed with connectivity to the environment in mind. The structure was built with significant consideration given to its surrounding environment. The existing trees and even a cenote have been incorporated into the design to allow visitors to enjoy nature in the eco-friendly building.

The ICC offers a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces that can accommodate groups of all sizes. The ground level main hall is one of its larger spaces, with the capacity to seat 6,000 people. For smaller groups, the room can be divided into six singular rooms fitting 1,000 attendees each. More intimate events can take advantage of the hall’s ability to be divided further into 12 rooms with the capacity to accommodate 500 people in each room. Regardless of size, all rooms are equipped with the same services offered in the large exhibition hall.

Two halls occupy the upper level, offering event space for 2,000 attendees each and equipped with general services. The upper level also has two outdoor terraces – a good fit for social gatherings. Guests can enjoy the area’s natural beauty from either of the open-air spaces, which can accommodate up to 700 people each.

Yucatan Hotel Updates

The new ICC is expected to drive convention tourism and hotel occupancy far exceeding the 12,000 hotel rooms currently available in Mérida and Yucatán. To meet this need, more than 15 new hotels, including international brands, are in the works to open nearby, bringing an estimated economic impact of more than $55.9 million to the region in the next two years.

Inspired by the environmentally-friendly convention center, Mérida’s Hotel Wayam by Xixim will open its doors in time for the ICC’s grand opening in March 2018. The five-story hotel will be the first in the city to be LEED certified. The original Art Deco house that is currently on site will serve as the new hotel’s lobby, and guests will have 29 rooms and 11 apartments to choose from. To ensure comfort and privacy, guest rooms are made with a thick acoustic and thermal insulation, eliminating any noise that may come with increased traffic to this area. Guests can relax at the third floor panoramic swimming pool, which showcases the property’s lush trees and landscaping. Other amenities include a restaurant, event hall and terrace, and more.

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