Puebla, with just 20 convention tourism events for 2022


Puebla, Pue. Despite the fact that before the Covid-19 pandemic, the municipality of Puebla had between 80 and 90 events per year of local and national exhibitions and congresses, for this 2022 there are only 20 scheduled, reported the head of the Ministry of Economy and Tourism of this city, Alejandro Cañedo Priesca.

He indicated that congress and exhibition tourism is important for Angelopolis, but this market is barely recovering, so it depends on the organizers of these events to land the dates throughout this year.

However, he said that five events are planned for the next two months, although he did not want to elaborate on what they are about, whether they are national or local.

He anticipated that the municipal government hopes to attend different fairs and exhibitions in the coming months to attract more conventions and congresses, because Angelopolis is attractive as a tourist site and for those attending this type of event.

“In the strongest period, up to 80 or 90 events were held, but there were occasions when 120 were reached and in the first months there were 40. Now we want to have a number of good events that allow people a good experience. that are coming”, he deepened.

The municipal official explained that the number of visitors that the meetings industry attracts usually varies, since some events bring from 200 visitors, up to 2,500, but on average they attract between 800 and 900 people for four days of events, which benefits hotels and other service providers.

Competence

Cañedo Priesca acknowledged that in the case of attracting convention events there is competition with other cities in the country, but Puebla is attractive to organizers because it has large venues.

He mentioned that restaurants, tour operators and hoteliers are in favor of contributing because they know that joining efforts is how they can strengthen economic activity and have more income and jobs.

He indicated that they will do their job of sending invitations to organizers of large events to take advantage of the location, but it is not a long process, since it depends on the date they are made, some are even scheduled two years in advance.

enclosures

In Puebla there are four venues with good capacity. It is the GNP auditorium formerly called Acropolis, with a capacity of 11,000 spectators, which was inaugurated in 2017; the Exhibitor and Convention Center that has a capacity of 25,000 to 50,000 people, inaugurated in 2010.

As well as the Auditorium of the University Cultural Complex of the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla (BUAP), with a capacity of 3,600 spectators, opened in the same year and the Metropolitan Auditorium, with 5,000 seats inaugurated in 2015.

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