The city has won the the designation “Cultural Capital of the Americas” for 2017, Mayor Mauricio Vila Dosal announced today. Mérida is the only city to have been honored twice by the International Bureau of Cultural Capitals.
When the designation “Cultural Capital of the Americas” was established, Mérida was the first to be the awarded that honor, in 2000. Now, the city council unanimously agreed to work to gain the title in 2017.
Tourism growth in Mérida has been driven by the quality of life, greater air connectivity and educational opportunities, writes El Financiero, which reports on business to a national readership.
In time for the Vatican’s Jubilee Year, flights to Rome will soon be departing Mérida’s international airport, which opens up a multitude of travel connections between Yucatán and Europe.
AeroMéxico announced new daily service between Mexico City and Cozumel on Oct. 1, further opening the Caribbean to a major hub.
On Friday, the Mexico City-basd airline Aeromar will start regular operations from Monday to Saturday between Merida and Villahermosa to facilitate business travel.
Aside from new direct flights to Veradero, Cuba, Sunwing has added Cancun, Mexico to its Thunder Bay, Ontario, schedule just in time for Christmas this year.
Six airports in Mexico are beefing up immigration staff to expedite travel for thousands of visitors a day. Cancún is doubling the number of its agents.
Interjet flights from Mexico City to Mérida may be under a code-sharing agreement with American Airlines, a big convenience to passengers.
Quintana Roo will break from the time zone followed by the rest of the peninsula under a bill on the President’s desk.