by Michael J. Shapiro | October 31, 2017
Construction is expected to wrap up by year's end on the Yucatán International Convention Center, a new facility in Mérida, the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán. The venue, scheduled to open in March 2018, is being built in partership with Samsung, which will provide the technology infrastructure as well as global promotion for the building and destination.
 
The YICC is being constructed to achieve LEED Gold certification, and has been designed to have minimal impact on the environment. Existing trees and even a cenote -- the limestone-cave pools found throughout the region -- have been incorporated into the design. 
 
The new center will offer a good deal of flexibility, as well as a dramatic increase in meeting capacity for the region. The ground-level main hall will be able to accommodate up to 6,000 attendees and can be divided into as many as 12 smaller spaces appropriate for up to 500 people each. The state-of-the-art technology will be available in each room, regardless of the configuration.
 
Two halls on the upper level will be able to host up to 2,000 attendees each, while two large terraces on the same level each will hold up to 700 people for outdoor receptions.
 
Thirteen events already are booked at the new venue for 2018, for an estimated impact of more than US$10.9 million.
 
More than 15 hotels currently are in development in Mérida and its environs, to complement the 12,000 rooms already in the region and help meet the expected increase in demand that the new convention center will bring.