Chetumal, Q.R. — The Planning Committee of the state Tourism Secretariat (Sedetur) has approved an additional 20 million peso in spending for the Mega Sculpture in the Bay of Chetumal.
The large building has been undergoing remodeling since it will eventually house the headquarters of the Federal Secretary of Tourism (Sectur) in the capital city. The announcement to house the federal agency in the building was made more than three years ago, but it remains unfinished.
Bernardo Cueto Riestra, head of Sedetur, said the government has agreed to earmark another 20.5 million peso for its completion, adding that the budget was approved more than two weeks ago.
“The resources includes work both inside and outside, which will come to accompany a tourist product that, of course, will be announced in due course”, he said.
Once finished, Sectur will use it as an office building. The Mega Sculpture was created in 2004 by sculptor Sebastián. To enter the building, one must cross a bridge from Boulevard Bahía.
Initially, the 50-meter high tower was built as a viewpoint to house a museum, planetarium, aquarium, party room and restaurant-viewpoint along with a commercial and exhibition area.
The building has already cost the government more than 154 million peso with 120 million being allocated in 2004 and another 34 million in 2011.