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New International Exhibition Center to Open

By Jesús Aguado

The construction of the new International Exhibition Center, located on the road to Celaya, will bring development to the communities nearby.

The new center’s construction site is located at kilometer four of the road from San Miguel to Celaya, between the communities of Pantoja and Ejido de Don Diego, and next to the stream running from La Cantera to the Allende Dam. Its purpose is to diversify cultural tourism by attracting businesses and professional tourism.

Architect Roberto Burillo told Atención the building is 80 percent constructed. The CIESMA will cover 2,200 square meters on two hectares of land, and the nine-meter high building will offer space for the installation of 120 stands of nine square meters each for exhibitions. According to Burillo, the center will be versatile, providing a venue for not only artisanal exhibitions, but also weddings, and possibly conferences (with a capacity for 2,500 people seated) and meetings for up to 4,000 attendees. The center has an investment of more than 80 million pesos: 10 million from the local government, 25 million from the Mexican Institute for Enterprise, and the rest, including the land, from the private sector. The construction respects the environment and also will reforest the area with native flora.It will have its own wastewater treatment plant.

The International Exhibition Center will be inaugurated in July. Information from the company assures that once the CIESMA is opened, it will generate gross revenue for all the tourism industry, including transportation businesses and others.

The opening of this center could mark the reactivation of San Miguel del Lago, a development that that once included houses and an 18-hole golf course. The project was stopped in 1994 due to the economic crisis, and the land was sold at federal auction. A new project (called Paisaje Habitable, Inhabitable Landscape) has been presented to the current owners, which would respect the environment now more than ever. Attempts are being made to have the area appointed as a Natural Protected Area along with Los Picachos Mountains and the Allende dam.


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