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One of the oldest cities in the Americas, the colorful city of Merida is the capital of the state of Yucatan and the cultural center of the Yucatan Peninsula. The city’s amusing history is visible in the downtown Historic Center (Mexico’s second largest) where many of the centuries-old colonial buildings were built with stones from the Mayan city of T’ho. Merida enjoys tropical vegetation, warm and humid weather, and a natural beauty just beyond the city limits. Beaches and some of the world´s most impressive archeological sites are just a short drive from the city.

Today, Merida is a contemporary city that has hosted international events, including the T20 Summit in 2012, the International Physics Olympiad in 2009 and the 2006 International Olympiad in Informatics. Merida’s Yucatan Convention Center "Siglo XXI" (Century XXI) has hosted many international events in its 6 event halls and 898,800 square feet space. The city alsoso has a diverse number of top-class hotels perfect for hosting events. One example is the Fiesta Americana Hotel which is a nice venue for all kinds of events, with 350 rooms and suites and 13 function rooms for 25 to 1,000 guests. Another option is the five-star Hyatt Regency Merida with 289 guestrooms and suites and can accommodate events of 500 people in their 9 flexible event spaces.

As Yucatan’s cultural heart, Merida has a great number of museums and art galleries, including the Natural History Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum and the Merida Theater. Visitors can also enjoy an extraordinary selection of restaurants and nightlife. Merida is an easy drive from major archeological sites, including Chichen-Itza, Uxmal and Mayapan, as well as the state’s beautiful beaches and “cenotes”, crystalline sinkholes to the regions extraordinary underground network of rivers. Merida’s International Airport makes this destination very accessible with direct flights to Houston, Miami, Mexico City, Cancun, Monterrey and Guadalajara.


Air Flight Connection

Flights / Month    
1,200 1,096 104
Passegers / Month    
93,114 85,869 7,245


Connection Cities

  • Mexico City
  • Guadalajara
  • Villahermosa
  • Monterrey
  • Houston
  • Veracruz
  • Miami



  • Intejet
  • Aeromexico
  • Maya Air
  • Cubana
  • Viva Aerobús
  • Continental Airlines
  • Magnicharters


Hotel Capability

4,950 (rooms / night)


Convention Capability

898,800  (sqft)



Venue (sqft) Rooms Website
Centro de Convenciones y Exposiciones Yucatán Siglo XXI 262,767 8 meeting rooms www.yucatansigloxxi.com



CVB Contact

Name E-mail Telephone
David Hidalgo Ayala
CVB Director
david.hidalgo@yucatan.gob.mx (999) 930-37-77
D.F. (55) 52-08-20-41
Ivonne Erosa Serrano
CVB Manager
ivonne.erosa@yucatan.gob.mx (999) 930-37-77




Things to do

Thirty Centuries of Culture In One Place

Not least of all, in Mexico, when the adventure ends, cultural pleasures begin. You learn about Lacandon civilization as you whitewater raft with its modern-day inhabitants. Or enrich your own spiritual perspective by living the Maya world vision as you explore the jungles surrounding its most historic cities. You’ll always have amazing conversations with the people you meet along the way. And even the food teaches you something about Mexico’s rich culture and astounding biodiversity. Sure, there’s stuff to do in any country—but there’s no other country like unique, colorful, transformative Mexico.

There is Nothing Closer Than Mexico

Almost every Mexico adventure—from swimming beneath a waterfall or tagging sea turtles, scaling volcanoes or rappelling with hundreds of parrots—is little more than a five-hour flight from anywhere in the US or Canada. We wouldn’t blame you for coming every weekend—with Mexico you’re moved to return, time and again. And there’s another kind of proximity when it comes to Mexico: the close ties our culture and people share. Post-adventure, you’ll find gracious hospitality, smiling faces, shared experiences and the delicious regional cuisines that make Mexico one of the most surprising and beloved places on the planet.

Cenotes - The Underwater World of the Yucatan

Yucatan State is like no other place on earth. Home to some of the Mayas' most important ancient cities, today that past lives next to incredible nature in the form of verdant jungles and mysterious cenotes, hundreds of explorable caverns, and some of the best bird watching in the world. Put simply, there is nothing to compare to Chichen Itza: the brilliant Maya city's eternal energy moves you to dive the region's underground rivers and flooded caves beneath crystal-clear waters. And at Celestun or Ria Lagartos you can help tag flamingo chicks while you check out other feathered and scaly species in the surrounding swamps and mangroves.