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Isla Holbox not included in Magic Town distinction for Cancun region

Cancun, Q.R. — The island of Holbox will not be included in the title of Magic Town this year, say officials, who point out the island lacks many of the necessary elements.

Not having a hospital and being more than two hours away from an airport among other things, are important factors in being classified and promoted as a Magic Town.

The Water and Sewerage Commission (CAPA) continues with the work of updating island facilities including drilling wells and the rehabilitation of the hydraulic network in Holbox. The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) projected the installation of five transformers, the replacement of blades and three short circuits, as well as the integral improvement to nine sectors as well.

The National Commission of Protected Areas (Conanp) is working on the Management Program of the Yum Balam Protected Natural Area and the Study of Limit of Change, which will provide information on the capacities and load limits of the region.

Isela Serrano, spokesperson for the Tourism Secretariat of Quintana Roo, said that the qualifying applicants won’t be announced until April, with other destinations such as Puerto Morelos, Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Calderitas also running for the state distinction.

More than 124 applications were submitted for the Magic Town status for 2018, however, government officials report that only nine of the applications qualified for the distinction.

Quintana Roo currently has three tourist destinations registered in the program which include Isla Mujeres, Tulum and Bacalar.