Cancun, Q.R. – Over the next five years, hotel association officials are planning an additional 13,000 hotel rooms for Cancun.
According to Carlos Gosselin, president of the Hotel Association, the next five years would likely see the addition of 13,000 more hotel rooms for Cancun. He says the new hotels would be more sustainable.
He said, “The hotel investments today that represent Cancun are worth billions of dollars so we need to have everything be sustainable…for all construction to meet these standards is essential.”
Gosselin says that “each and every hotel that is under construction in the area of Benito Juarez is a sustainable infrastructure. They are hotels that meet all sustainability requirements.” He says that these requirements, which are a national rule, are set out from studying international recommendations.
The Director of Tourism of the municipality of Benito Juarez, Francisco Lopez, said that both the private sector and the government must commit to generating specific actions on sustainability. He says that specific sustainable criteria should be integrated into government policies and that they should work to increase environmental performance to mitigate the impact generated by tourism as well as strengthen funding for the region.
“We have come a long way in Mexico in regard to sustainable tourism and in 2014 reached historic figures that has allowed the country to position itself in the top 10. Last year, in Cancun, it was the best year in tourism,” he explained.