by Michael J. Shapiro | December 21, 2016

The state government of Baja California Sur in Mexico has opened an international bid process for the management and operation of two convention centers. To strengthen the state's meetings and conventions business, the state is seeking a professional management company to run both the Los Cabos and La Paz facilities. 

According to the state's Ministry of Tourism, formal operation of the convention centers, combined with an increase in visitors and stable hotel occupancy, will create jobs and improve the economies of the respective destinations.

The Los Cabos Convention Center debuted in 2012 to host the G20 Summit in the popular resort region. The center's 58,125-square-foot exhibit hall can accommodate as many as 6,400 attendees. The venue suffered damage to the tune of an estimated 50 million pesos (currently US$2.44 million) in 2014, when Hurricane Odile struck; since then, it has been used sporadically for smaller events. 

The La Paz Convention Center opened in 2014, with a 32,000-square-foot main hall and a capacity of about 3,600 attendees. 

Some investment in both facilities will be required to bring them to full operational status. The Los Cabos venue needs repair to the damage created by Hurricane Odile, as well as new furniture, while the La Paz center requires kitchen facilities, furniture and audiovisual equipment. The state government is considering management contracts for as long as 15 years.