Meeting planners looking for a new place to explore in Mexico should check out one of the country’s latest emerging destinations: the state of Campeche.
Located in in the western part of the Yucatan Peninsula, the state attracts groups to the UNESCO World Heritage Site walled city of San Francisco de Campeche because of its modern convention center. The 207,000-sf Campeche XXI Convention Center overlooks the Bay of Campache. While it offers a variety of meeting and event spaces, its location adjacent to the Casino del Mar also appeals to groups in search of gaming.
Beyond the city’s meetings infrastructure is a wide variety of historical and archeological places for groups to meet and explore Mexican culture. Meeting planners can organize an offsite at the Renaissance Circus Theater, which dates back to 1906. Located within the city’s historic quarter, the venue works well as a special exhibition site in conjunction with a larger convention. On Calle 59, the city’s cultural corridor, groups will be able to walk the seafront promenade, lined with several restaurants painted vibrant blues, greens and pinks as well as iconic buildings such as the Casa del Teniente Rey or San Francisquito Church.
Being that it’s Mexico, the state of Campeche offers nearby beaches and Mayan ruins that are also available for groups interested in more unique add-ons to a meeting. In the state’s southern region, the Calakmul Ruins are located within a protected UNESCO Biosphere and stand as one of the most structure-rich sites within the Maya region. The UNESCO site features a remaining pyramid from “Three Stones” city that existed for 12 centuries from 550 B.C. to 900 A.D.