68 F
Mérida
Monday, January 24, 2022
###

President flies in to open Mérida’s new convention center

Latest headlines

A leak in a Tabasco Pemex oil pipeline causes disastrous fire

A massive fire sparked by a leaking oil duct has created massive environmental damage in Huimanguillo, Tabasco. 

Untrained tour guides compete for tourist dollars in Chichén Itzá

Arguments between tour guides at Chichén Itzá have on rare occasions even resulted in fights and physical violence. Photo: Carlos Rosado...

Joya de Cerén — The Pompeii of the Americas

The volcano which stood less than one mile from Joya de Cerén, sent huge amounts of debris flying through the air. It ultimately buried the village under four to eight meters (13 to 26 feet) of ash and rock. 

A stunning 5,425 new COVID cases in a week

Residents make use of a hand-washing station installed in the Centro. Photo: Artur Widak / NurPhoto via Getty Images
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox twice a week.

Mexico’s president, Yucatán’s governor and other officials officially open Yucatán’s new convention center. Photo: Courtesy


Mérida, Yucatán — President Enrique Peña Nieto’s visit to Yucatán on Thursday marked two projects designed to ignite the state’s economy.

The new International Convention Center was officially opened and Progreso’s Special Economic Zone (EEZ) status was signed into law.

First, Peña Nieto unveiled an inaugural plaque at the Convention Center, a modern and grand complex in the hotel zone. Shortly after, he signed a proclamation to start the EEZ which, he said, will soon connect Yucatán with the most dynamic economic centers in the country and world.

The EEZ provides financial incentives for businesses interested in setting up shop in Progreso. It corresponds with a national effort that anticipates US$ 6.2 billion in investments from firms based in Korea, Japan and Singapore. Other Special Economic Zones were established in Coatzacoalcos; Lázaro Cárdenas, Chiapas; and Salinas Cruz, Oaxaca.

EEZ coordinator Gerardo Gutiérrez Candiani said that the project will eventually generate 30,000 good-quality jobs in Progreso.

The president of the Tourism Business Council of Yucatán, Jorge Escalante Bolio, also spoke, saying that the state is fashionable because of a key strategy shift. The state graduated from promoting salbutes and jaranas — traditional foods and folk dancing — and stepped up its push for lucrative convention and wedding events.

Escalante Bolio asked the president for additional resources to promote the new Congress Center nationally and internationally.

After ambiguous replies by the secretary of tourism, Enrique de la Madrid, and Mexico’s finance minister, José Antonio González Anaya, President Peña Nieto instructed both officials to attend to Escalante Bolio’s request.

For the inauguration, about 1,200 guests filled the main hall of the new International Convention Center.

With information from Diario de Yucatán

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

Mexico celebrates International Mariachi Day

Mariachis in Mexico and around the world celebrate International Mariachi Day observed every Jan 21. 

Marines to take over security at Mérida and Cancún airports

Mexico's Marines will be taking control of seven airports across the country, with  Mérida and Cancún among them. 

What to do if you find baby sea turtles on the beach

Most people realize that it is not a good idea to disturb nesting or baby turtles, but what should we do if one appears to be in peril or distress?

New Frontier Airlines route to connect Cancún with Houston

Citing an increase in demand, Frontier Airlines has announced a new flight between Houston and Cancún.

Yucatán’s muralism boom —  an explosion of color, tradition and meaning

Yucatán’s history of muralism famously dates all the way back to the elaborate frescoes of the ancient Maya.

Students at Mérida’s private Catholic Universities caught trading thousands of explicit photos of their classmates

Numerous students at Mérida’s Anáuac Mayab University are reportedly active in a “secret” chat group to trade intimate photos of classmates, as well as engage in cyberbullying. 

New benches at ancient archaeological site anger Izamal residents

Modern slab benches detract from an ancient ruin at Izamal, neighbors say. Photo: Courtesy Modern-looking benches installed at...

Being a good neighbor to Yucatán’s roof cats and street dogs

Illustration: Juan Pablo Quintal García Cats replaced people as my friends soon after quarantine 2020 began. 

What my rescue dogs taught me

I thought I knew a lot about dogs until I took in two rescues. I was wrong....

Bus full of construction workers catches fire in Mérida’s north

A bus went up in flames just before 8 this morning in Mérida’s Francisco de Montejo neighborhood.