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 June 17, 2010
Mazatlán International Center Welcoming Conventioneers

 The seaside resort city of Mazatlan rolls out a grand welcome for groups and conventions, with state-of-the-art meeting space set amid world-class resorts and Pacific Coast beaches at the new Mazatlan International Center.

The $61 million complex represents a major investment in this port city known as the "Pearl of the Pacific." Bordering a new marina and a championship golf course, the Mazatlán International Center is close to the beachfront resorts and hotels of the city's Golden Zone. With nearly 154,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting and exhibition space, the facility accommodates groups of up to 5,000 attendees.

"During the past decade, Mazatlán has emerged as a top Mexico destination with world-class accommodations and a dynamic business sector," say Carlos Berdegue, vice president of the Mazatlán Hotel Association. "This beautiful, state-of-the-art facility further expands our offerings, enabling us to host citywide conventions."

Since its opening in late 2009, the Mazatlán International Center has already booked 30 events, including the 2010 National Notary Public Convention, International Allergy Congress and National Reunion of Fiscal Bureaus. Convention Center officials estimate bookings for this year will total 100 events.

During the first ten years of operation, the convention center is expected to have an economic impact of $245 million for the meetings and events taking place at the complex and generate an additional $100 million in revenue in related lodging, food and beverage, and tourism services.

The Mazatlán International Center created approximately 600 direct jobs and 1,500 indirect positions during the construction phase, according to Berdegue. Now in operation, the facility is creating 50 direct jobs and 200 indirect positions associated with activity within the complex. Additionally, Berdegue estimates the convention center will help preserve 2,000 jobs in the city's businesses, transportation and tourist service companies.

The Center is located in the heart of the city's Tourism Corridor within the new Marina Mazatlán area, a few minutes from the Golden Zone. The 25-acre convention center complex houses a main building, parking facility, gardens, expansive lawns and plazas, bus parking and freight area. The contemporary, three-story main building features 95,400 square feet of indoor meeting space, including an exhibition room and 17 meeting rooms. The largest room seats 3,000 people banquet-style. The flexible meeting space can be subdivided to accommodate smaller groups. Additionally, the complex features semi-open areas for events of up to 5,000 people banquet-style.

On the ground floor, the Mazatlán International Center offers shops and an exhibition hall. The mezzanine level houses the business center and dining options and is accessible by escalators, elevators and a sky bridge from the parking garage. On the top floor, guests find the Grand Mazatlán Ballroom, Carnival Lounge, and a full-service kitchen for catering and food & beverage services.

Among the amenities, the convention center offers wireless Internet access, a business center, dining lounge, retail and commercial space, and full-service catering. A pedestrian bridge connects the main building to a four-story parking garage accommodating up to 466 cars and 26 coaches.

Among the complex's earth-friendly features, half of the grounds are designated green spaces. Water condensed from the air conditioning system is recycled for outdoor irrigation. Additionally, the facility features a double-glazed glass façade with special thermal and acoustic properties to dramatically reduce power consumption. Glass portions of the building are shatterproof and designed to withstand hurricane winds of up to 160 miles per hour.