Cancun, Q.R. — Amid political campaigns, the National Fund for Tourism Development (Fonatur) prepares the last batch of projects for the third stage of the Cancun hotel zone.
These five projects have been postponed for submission approval for the end of the electoral process, at which time they will be reviewed by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources.
According to officials at the Fonatur office in Cancun, three of the five projects are condominiums that will be part of what is known as the ultimate tourist sun and beach reserve. These projects in particular are set for construction in the area between Punta Nizuc and the Golden Mile toward Puerto Morelos.
This region has been set aside specifically to accommodate the third stage of the Cancun Hotel Zone, which, according to the Mexican Center for Environmental Law, cannot take additional urban overload. This area has numerous environmental concerns including floodplains, mangroves, coastal dunes and the adjoining National Park, as well as several legal restrictions.
A study by the National Fund for Tourism Development says that the Cancun hotel zone has the capacity to support up to 40,000 rooms, including the third stage, however the Attorney General for Environmental Protection conducted an exercise in which they determined the Cancun hotel zone was already saturated with 37,000 hotel rooms and the construction of new structures could collapse services such as electricity and water supply.