We are closing 2020, a difficult year for global tourism. However, the industry keeps growing: in the last year, hotels in the Riviera Maya and the Mexican Caribbean have inaugurated 7,000 new beds. The new rooms are located in Cancún, the Riviera Maya (Playa del Carmen and Tulum), and other small destinations such as Holbox, Puerto Morelos, or Bacalar.
The numbers come from the Semarnat, as Hotels have been submitting their Environmental Impact evaluations before they constructed the new rooms. According to Reportur, analysts expected that the Mexican Caribbean would expand its hotels in 25,000 beds this year. That is, had this year been a regular year such as 2019 and 2018. However, hotels were able to rearrange for 2021 and 2022 the growth in new beds they planned for 2020.
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Room for the rest
In an interview with the Director of the Council for Touristic Promotion in Quintana Roo, Darío Flota Ocampo assured that both Cancun and the Riviera Maya have great potential to keep growing. Flota argued that the urban plan details which zones admit more hotels. For that purpose, the plans manage criteria of size, location and factibility.
Nevertheless, the National Tourism Fund (Fonatur) strongly disagrees. According to them, Cancún really doesn’t stand any more hotels. Neither does it stand thousands of new beds within the existing hotels. Were companies to build more hotels in this city, we would risk a collapse in public services.
Undoubtedly, the declarations of Fonatur mean Cancún must hand over the baton of tourist expansion. Neighboring destinations need to take over so it creates a balanced dynamic. Playa del Carmen has the stability to expand its touristic offer. Smaller destinations (such as Costa Mujeres or Holbox) could also follow suit and build new beds for more travelers.