August 4th, 2009 by ejalbright
Yucatan Governor Ivonne Ortega Pacheco announced that Chichen Itza will be host to not one, but two, giant concerts.
This fall the pop soprano Sarah Brightman will perform in an extravaganza at the foot of the site’s giant pyramid, El Castillo. And next year Sir Elton John will be the featured performer in another concert.
The Chichen Itza concerts will “project us to the world and relaunch local, regional and national tourism,” said the governor in a speech which dealt with, in part, the devastation in the tourism industry that has resulted from the recent swine flu crisis.
Last fall Chichen Itza played host to Placido Domingo. That concert, while a popular success, continues to provoke controversy. It has become a political hot potato in the race for the mayoralty of Merida, the capitol of Yucatan, with one party claiming the other misappropriated funds from the concert.
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