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The Ko’ox hotel chain has opened its third hotel in Mérida, an 18.5-million-peso complex that combines apartments and long-term-stay guest rooms, facing the growing area around the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya and the Siglo XXI Convention Center.

ApartHotel Siglo 21 offers both furnished apartments and guest rooms aimed at the business traveler who may want to stay anchored months at a time.

It joins several other new hotels aimed at business travelers: Hampton Inn opened over the summer, competing with the Holiday Inn Express, City Express and Fiesta Inn in the same neighborhood.

The official opening was held yesterday at noon in a ceremony that gathered business executives, government officials and even Antonio Chedraoui Tannous, regional archbishop of the Orthodox Church of Antioch.

“We are very pleased as state Secretariat of Tourism Promotion to see the hotel growth of our capital city. This important work with its first-phase investment of 18.5 million pesos speaks of confidence in tourism in our state,” said Juan Carlos Azar, state tourism director.

Enric Montobbio Camprobi, commercial director Ko’ox Hotels, explained that the word of Mayan origin Ko’ox invokes an adventurous spirit to face new challenges. Ko’ox also operates Art 57 and Casa De Las Palomas, both in the Centro Historico. They have numerous other hotels around the peninsula.

ApartHotel has three floors, an elevator, 20 furnished apartments, 20 hotel rooms with kitchens; a restaurant, a terrace and pool, bar, tailoring, medical services, free wifi and a 24-hour convenience store.

Sources: Sipse, press release

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