Riviera Maya, Q.R. — It has been more than a year since the announcement of the Amikoo Theme Park set for Riviera Maya, however, development has been nonexistent.
The megaproject, which was initially set to be a DreamWorks theme park, was changed to reflect a local Maya theme which was announced in September of 2017. Since then, other announcements have been made, but news of progress has been nonexistent.
Máximo García Rocha, undersecretary of Tourism Promotion in Quintana Roo said that the project was not only officially presented at Los Pinos, but also before Governor Carlos Joaquín González where the business groups that promoted the park announced that by August 2018, the first phase would be opened since they wanted Peña Nieto to inaugurate it before concluding his term.
Although there is no indication of its cancellation, the Amikoo megaproject, which is a theme park composed of a complex of hotels and shops, continues to be delayed.
“We do not have any information that tells us it’s canceled. The only thing is that the deadlines that they set for their inauguration are already expired, and we do not have a report on the progress of the work,” said Garcia Rocha adding that with projects of this magnitude, there are always unforeseen events with Amikoo being projected as one of the largest hotel investments in the country.
The official project was presented in November of 2017 where it was announced that $840 million USD would be invested in the complex through an alliance between the firms IUSA and Grupo Gala.
Founding partner Ángel Isidoro Rodríguez Sáez told El Ecomomista last year that the first phase was an investment of $240 million USD and would generate 2,500 jobs, and that once the park was complete, 9,000 jobs would have been generated.
The Amikoo theme park received authorization in November of 2018 to begin work on the 100-hectare project just north of Playa del Carmen. Once complete, the theme park was to consist of three hotels, a Mayan museum, wave pools, The Pirates of Bacalar and two Maya-themed parks.