by Michael J. Shapiro | September 12, 2019
The Haven Riviera Cancún Resort & Spa, a 333-suite luxury property just south of Cancún in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, has unveiled plans to build a 25,000-square-foot convention center. The project also calls for an additional 105 double-occupancy guest suites, designed to meet the needs of convention groups. The new facility is expected to debut in the fall of 2020.

The convention center will have its own porte-cochere and lobby, a short walk from the guest rooms but allowing for some separation from the main resort lobby. A 14,500-square-foot main ballroom will feature 22-foot ceilings and no chandeliers, columns or other potential obstructions. Rounding out the venue inventory will be three smaller multi-use rooms, as well as a large, naturally lit prefunction space.

The new facility promises robust, built-in audiovisual tech as well as a dedicated kitchen and storage space.

The project will allow the resort, which just opened last fall, to focus on conferences as well as incentive travel and retreats. Guadalajara-based architectural firm Arquetipo is designing the project, and industry vet David Schwartz, formerly with Palace Resorts, heads up the meetings program at Haven.