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Major tourism projects set for state coast

Cancun, Q.R. — Details for new state investment projects have been revealed by the Secretaría de Turismo (Sectur) who says that of the 16 new major projects for Mexico, three are in the state of Quintana Roo.

Sectur made the announcement this week, saying that all three state projects will capitalize on the local tourism industry and will begin development toward the end of the year.

One of the new tourism projects is Laguna Holbox, which according to Sectur, is the largest of the projects and will be the first to get underway. Laguna Holbox “Aims to create a new space for the coexistence and harmony between nature, human activity and Mayan culture.”

Classified as “an ambitious sustainable tourism development project” Laguna Holbox will cover 10,980 hectares of space at Santa Alicia, in the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas northwest of Cancun and adjoin the federal zone of the lagoon of Yalahau. Sectur says Laguna Holbox will be an investment of $400 million USD.

The second announced project for the state is Blue Lagoon. Set for construction at Laguna de Bacalar, Blue Lagoon will be a retirement home for those over the age of 50 with assistance needs. The real estate project will consist of a residential building that will offer permanent personal services such as health care and health services.

Blue Lagoon will also offer its baby boomer residents recreation and leisure activities as well as group activities. The entire project will be constructed on 236 hectares with an investment of $360 million USD.

On the island of Cozumel inside the Chankanaab park and stretching toward San Miguel will be Sea World.  The new aquarium, which will bring in an investment of $56 million USD, is projected to be an integral tourist part of the park.

The new Sea World, which is being dubbed as “capable of competing with the largest facilities of its kind in the world”, will consist of a multilevel building of tanks to house reefs, sea species and a pond of nocturnal sea animals. The concept will also include a shopping area.

No set dates have been provided for the construction of any of the projects, only that the total investment amount for the state of Quintana Roo will be $816 million USD.