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Isla Mujeres likely to be next cruise ship port

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — A proposal to construct a cruise ship dock on the island of Isla Mujeres has been in the works for more than two years with officials saying the likeliness of construction is great.

Ercé Barrón Barrera, director of Port Authority of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo), says that given the need to create new routes in the Mexican Caribbean, Isla Mujeres emerged as an idea two years ago, but the proposal saw significant progress in March during the Convención Internacional de líneas Navieras.

During that convention, Agapito Magaña Sánchez, municipal president of the state, made a presentation to investors.

“During that visit, the municipal president made a presentation on the benefits that exist in this tourist destination and the tourist offers that there would be for cruise passengers,” Barrón Barrera said.

He added that Isla Mujeres offers a great diversity of tourist activities that have attracted the interest of the entrepreneurs in Florida, and although many did not know about Isla Mujeres as a destination, they have been enchanted with the proposal.

He said the project is viable in every way, but for now they are working on the executive project and economic feasibility analysis as well as environmental studies.

Ercé Barrón said that the proposal was attractive, as it seeks to create a circuit with the other berths that exist in Quintana Roo. He said that in October when Mexico hosts the next international convention, they will bring the executives to Isla Mujeres to learn more about the island as a destination.

“The important thing (for investors) is that customers express interest in the destination of Isla Mujeres, but fortunately they were unaware that Isla Mujeres offers the closeness that exists with Cozumel, Cancun, Florida and now Cuba.”

He says they are hoping to have the project carried out in three years.

The state of Quintana Roo currently has four cruise ship port docks. Three in Cozumel and one at Mahahual in Costa Maya.