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Cancun businessmen say Maya Train consult idle, meaningless

Cancun, Q.R. — Cancun businessmen say that the upcoming public consult including the Maya Train is idle and meaningless since the start up date has already been announced.

Several in the Cancun business sector are saying that the so-called public consultation is idle and meaningless in the case of the Maya Train project since the consult is a yes or no vote, adding that a start up date for that project has already been announced.

President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has set the national public consult for November 24 and 25 when the country will be able to check yes or no for 10 upcoming key projects. However, local businessmen say the start date for the train has been announced for December 16.

Sergio González Rubiera, president of the Mexican Association of Travel Agencies (AMAV) in Cancun said that any major infrastructure work is welcome as it fosters development and contributes to modernity and competitiveness while generating employment.

Sergio Gonzlez Rubiera, presidente de la AMAV

However, González Rubiera says that a query for the Maya Train seems idle and meaningless “If they are already announcing its launch, a consultation makes no sense.”

Abelardo Vara Rivera, vice president of the Hotel Association of Cancun (AHC), agreed with González Rubiera that a consultation should not be made with the people, nor should the project be started if a highly professional study is not done beforehand due to the high expense.

“It’s the money of the people, the one defended by president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador,” adding that “The towns where you make stops must have first world-class infrastructure, security, hotels, hostels and a host of attractions for tourists.”

He said that there are still very important issues at hand that remain without answers such as where the money will come from.

“And now, in Quintana Roo, governments are very active creating and increasing taxes. Will it be to support that investment in a matter that is up to the state? The Maya Train must be auscultated with a magnifying glass because starting it just because it was a campaign promise can lead to a huge failure,” he noted.