Cancun, Q.R. — With an investment of $500 million USD, Hilton hotels has returned to Cancun with the inauguration of Hilton Cancun. The hotel chain was absent from the tourist region for 10 years after selling its only Cancun property to Spanish company Iberostar.
The new 715-room Hilton Cancun is located in the Golden Mile, a beach area between Cancun and Puerto Morelos.
During the inauguration, Hilton Cancun property manager George Stanfield said the day was special because he was on the team at the former Hilton in Cancun, and when he had to leave due to the sale, he promised that one day he would return.
Today, he runs not only the Hilton Cancun, but also the adjoining Waldorf Astoria hotel, which is expected to begin operations next year, he said.
Executives from the ribbon cutting ceremony announced that in the course of 2022, a Conrad by Hilton with 350 rooms and a Hilton Tulum with 750 rooms will be opened in addition to the completion of the 178-room Waldorf Astoria in Cancun.
Juan Corvinos, Hilton’s senior vice president of Development for the Caribbean and Latin America, explained that they are only the operators of these new centers, since the investments are made by Mexican capitals that are betting on the country.
Together, the company says they will add another 1,278 rooms and another $600 million USD in investments around Quintana Roo in addition to the newly opened Hilton Cancun.
They also reported they currently have 31 new hotel developments under construction around Mexico, seven of which, are in the state.
Valeria Nowotny, vice president for luxury hotels and resorts at Hilton, explained that the confidence generated by Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean in general comes from the projections of a permanent flow of international tourism to the destination in the medium and short terms.
“Tourism investment is, without a doubt, the spearhead of the growth of our economy, mainly after what has happened in the last two years,” said Governor Carlos Joaquín at the inauguration.
During the ceremony, the governor stated that during the construction of the Hilton Cancun, 5,000 jobs were created. Now that the hotel is operational, 3,000 permanent jobs have been created. The hotel came in at an investment of $450.7 million USD.