Cancun, Q.R. – An area between the city of Cancun and the new municipality of Puerto Morelos has attracted the attention of investors who say that area is the last strip with potential for tourism development in the region.
After an environmental evaluation, the Mexican Center for Environmental Law has confirmed that the strip, which is being referred to as the Golden Mile, is filled with virgin mangroves and conservation areas. They say that the area is vulnerable and should not be used for tourism projects.
Last year, the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales – SEMARNAT) launched a public consultation of two projects in the area of the Golden Mile to build 2,000 hotel rooms. The Americas plan, which was promoted last August by Tourism Development Step Victoria, SA de CV, intends to use an area of 420.89 hectares of beach in the Gaza region.
The Association of United Voices for Puerto Morelos (la Asociación Voces Unidas por Puerto Morelos) unveiled the risks that exist if authorities allow tourism projects that will threaten the habitat of coastal land in that area, but it seems the concerns have fallen on deaf ears.
In February 2015, the Canadian Sunwing Group opened the first hotel in the area with the Royalton: 1,143 rooms and an investment of $220 million and, according to the Mexican Center for Environmental Law, the rest of the area covering the Golden Mile, which is registered in the Local Ecological Zoning Program (POEL) and the Environmental Management Unit 27, is almost completely sold.
According to municipality estimates, the Golden Mile, which begins 10 minutes from the Cancun Airport and extends toward Puerto Morelos, has the capacity to host 9,000 to 10,000 hotel rooms.