93 F
Mérida
Monday, August 2, 2021
###

Yucatan convention center slowly reawakens with ‘rehearsal’ event Thursday

Recent headlines

New permit allows restaurants in Yucatán to stay open longer

Yucatán's state government has announced that restaurants will now be allowed to remain for one hour longer, until 11 pm.

Will Yucatán’s love for cheese beat out its fear of COVID-19?

Event organizers have been quick to point out that they will be following all sanitary protocols, to protect vendors and patrons from COVID-19. 

Looking to buy ceramics? Look no further than Ticul

When entering the town on the road from the nearby town of Muna, you will notice a string of several shops ceiling ceramic crafts, plates, ornaments, and pots. 
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
Yucatan’s international convention center. Photo: Lee Steele / YEL

After being shut down since mid-March under coronavirus contingencies, Yucatan’s convention business will slowly return with a trial event this Thursday.

For the rest of the year, only three of the more than 30 events that were scheduled in the International Convention Center were salvaged. Twelve were canceled and 20 were rescheduled for 2021, said Virginia Arana Pérez, the still-new convention center’s director.

The Oct. 14 event, organized by the Mexican Association of Promoters of Fairs and Congresses — or Amprofec — was characterized as a “rehearsal.” The event is relatively small: 150 invitation-only industry guests will be shown the strict sanitary measures and protocols to follow, she said.

“We want to send a clear message: that in Yucatan we are working hand in hand preparing ourselves by training and we are ready in this venue to carry out events with minimal risk of contagion of coronavirus,” said Gonzalo Novelo Lujan Lujan, the president of Amprofec’s southern region.

This expo includes conferences and smaller meetings, some of which will be streamed on social media.

“This is the way in which we have to adapt to the new normal,” said Novelo Lujan, listing body-temperature scans and even the use of traffic lights to allow staggered access to the site.

“We are making history,” he said.

The program includes a discussion by Yucatan’s Tourism Secretary Michelle Fridman Hirsch as well as a keynote presentation with representatives from Colombia, Spain, China, Russia, South Africa and Greece who will analyze what is happening with the convention industry worldwide.

Food handling and the future of Yucatan’s tourist paradores will also be discussed.

More news

A new way of looking at Yucatán’s famed Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá has gone from being thought of as simply one of many Mayan cities to nearly synonymous with Maya civilization itself.

Mérida will replace its airport with a new one, governor confirms

The Mérida International Airport in 2020 was in midst of a huge expansion and renovation. Photo: Sipse Mérida's...

Fundamental Arquitectura and the art of taking it slow

Zaida and Orlando have been creating narrative-heavy spaces in Mérida since 2015. With an important emphasis on public spaces, they have recycled iconic spaces of the city into new forms of living.

Progreso has welcomed its first cruise in over 16 months

Although only approximately 300 passengers disembarked from the ship, local and state authorities hailed the arrival of the Breeze as a victory and sign that Yucatán’s cruising industry is finally beginning to recover.