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The battle over DST, state says eliminate while businesses want EST equivalent

Cancun, Q.R. — In a recent meeting, State Congress for Quintana Roo has sent an appeal to the Chamber of Deputies of the Congress of the Union to have the current time zone reversed.

In 2015, the state applied to not participate in Daylight Savings Time, saying that the additional daylight would prove economically beneficial by allowing visitors more time on the beaches, thus, increasing the potential for financial resources for the region.

A review of the past two years, however, has shown the modified time zone for the state has not yielded the anticipated results. At least, those are the results of state officials, but local businesses are rejecting this notion, saying the state study is not a “serious” one and are demanding Congress keep the current time zone for the state in place.

At a recent press conference, representatives of the Hotel Association of Cancun, Business Coordinating Council, Association of Vacation Clubs of Quintana Roo, Nautical Associates of Quintana Roo, National Chamber of the Restaurant Industry and Seasoned Foods Cancun delegation and Cristina Alcayaga Núñez, promoter of the time zone change, say they are not in favor of clocks reverting back to reflect daylight savings time.

All have unanimously rejected the proposal of the deputies to reverse the change in time zone.

Eloy Peniche Ruiz, president of the Business Coordinating Council, said they have already sent an appeal letter to congress deputy Eduardo Martinez Arcila expressing their disagreement with respect to the subject of the time change, and asked that another hour be added to increase more daylight since in the original proposal back in 2015, the request was initially for an additional two hours, which would bring this region on schedule with (EST) the east coast of the United States.

Their letter outlines the benefits of the current time zone during 2016, both in electricity and in the economy, and also mentions that in Quintana Roo, it is very important to highlight the highest level of competitiveness that will benefit the tourism sector.

The letter, they say, also stressed the great economic impact that the time zone has left on the state, and that this new change of adding another hour of daylight will allow all the inhabitants to enjoy longer days and to take advantage of the beaches and the sun that the city offers to tourism.

Jesus Alberto Zetina Tejero, president of the Public Safety Commission said that they are gathering all the necessary information to reject the proposal of the Quintana Roo business sector and also have the current time zone reverted back to reflect DST.

“We have to analyze and consider what we are doing for the benefit of Quintana Roo. We are sure that the bulk of the population will be grateful to revert the time zone because with the current schedule, it is proven that it does not work and has not brought any benefit,” adding that they will have to listen to the arguments of hoteliers in Cancun to maintain the current time zone.