Merida bets on technology to boost tourism

Don't miss

The wonderful world of pitaya in Yucatán

Pitaya will soon be plentiful in Yucatan, ready for everything from cheesecake to daiquiris.

After 50 years, sister cities Erie and Mérida maintain a bond

After establishing a sister-city connection in 1971, that bond continues between the Catholic Diocese of Erie, Pa., and the Archdiocese of the Yucatán.

New closure of Tulum archaeological site worries business owners

While most tourists obey face mask regulations, others simply ignore them. Photo: Courtesy
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
A lit-up Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

The Visit Mérida Mx app and website offers tips for getting around, keeping cool and finding things to do. 

The application also uses augmented reality technology to provide users with information about the city’s attractions such as parks, monuments as sites of historical interest. The first of these to be available within the application is the Monumento a la Patria. 

Augmented reality is a way of experiencing real-world environments by overlaying them with layers of text and audio-visual elements. 

The city’s director for tourism and economic development, Eduardo Seijo Solís, stated that plans are already underway to include more AR content into the application. 

In a press conference, Mérida Mayor Renán Barrera mentioned that the application would not only be useful to promote the city, but would also serve as a tool for locals who want to learn more about their own history. Information within the application is currently available in Spanish and English, but plans are underway to add language support for French and Mayan. 

The application is available for free IOS and Android devices. 

- Advertisement -


Its port quiet for over a year, Progreso will welcome Carnival Breeze in July

Progreso will be a rare port of call for Carnival in July.

Comalcalco, the oddball of the Maya world

Archaeology Monday provides historical background, photos and practical information about these ancient marvels and how to get out and enjoy them for yourself. This week we travel far afield to western Tabasco to explore the unique ancient city of Comalcalco.

Stranded 3 years in Yucatán, Alejandra Juarez will be home for Mother’s Day

Alejandra Juarez and her husband of 20 years Temo Juarez, an Iraq combat veteran, enjoy a barbecue with friends in April....

Are COVID-19 restrictions in Yucatan about to come to an end?

Several COVID-19 restrictions expected to be lifted next Monday in Yucatán.
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -