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Proposed visitor center for Akumal Bay lacks funding

Tulum, Q.R. — The proposed creation of a visitor center and museum for Akumal Bay requires an investment of 10 million peso as well as one hectare of land, say officials.

The proposal, which was made by the Secretariat of Environment and Ecology (Sema) for the creation of the Visitor Center and Museum of the Sea Turtle, requires an investment of 10 million peso that would be managed through the Sedetur, with resources of Magic Proder.

The project also requires an area of one hectare that is also being managed, according to information from Sema’s secretary, Alfredo Arellano Guillermo.

The Sea Turtle Visitor and Museum Center is a complementary proposal to address the need to organize the tourist-recreational activity in Akumal Bay and in particular with the turtle swim. It is a proposal of the three levels of government, federation, state and municipality.

The proposal was raised before service providers and permit holders of swimming with turtles in one of the last meetings that have taken place with hoteliers.

The goal is to meet the need for a control site for the departure of the turtle swimming tours while at the same time, making things such as bathrooms, parking, museum and information available to visitors.

This would allow rotation to be established so that all service providers have the same opportunities, he added.

To complete this project, it requires approximately one hectare of land, an area on which “we already have a proposal on land owned by the state government”.

“We are looking for resources through the Ministry of Tourism (Sedetur). The funds for their execution will be managed with resources from the Sustainable Tourism Regional Development Program and Magic Towns (Prodermagico), for an investment of about 10 million peso.”

However, the proposal faces problems with some companies in regard to permission to swim with turtles, noting they feel the proposal is intended to close access to the bay of Akumal.

As for bringing order, leaders such as the Federation of Cooperatives of Akumal, which brings together 11 organizations, say they agree but not at the expense of giving up the access road that has been used by the residents of Akumal.