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Puerto Morelos applies for Magic Town status

Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — The seaside town of Puerto Morelos is hoping to be added to the list of Magic Towns to help the town become recognized more as a tourist destination.

In a press conference, Puerto Morelos mayor Laura Fernandez Piña said that the destination has all the attributes to achieve the appointment.

“We want to be be added to the program as part of the recongition that is deserved by a hard working population, that loves its land and that saves its traditions,” she said adding, “To accomplish this appointment would allow the improvement of the quality of life for the people by promoting us as a tourist offer of Quintana Roo and Mexico.”

She said that Puerto Morelos has a great cultural, historical and natural wealth worthy of the recognition of Magic Town, which also represents a fresh and different alternative capable of captivating the most demanding national and international tourism markets.

She stressed the importance of achieving the new status, since it would provide Puerto Morelos with access to extraordinary resources for infrastructure by various government agencies of the Republic, such as Sectur itself.

“The engine of our economy is still tourism, so we must strengthen this activity in all its branches,” she added.

The municipal government of Puerto Morelos has formalized the request before the Federal Secretariat of Tourism (Sectur) to become a Magical Town.

Hector Tamayo Sanchez, director of Tourism Puerto Morelos, reported that with the admission of the application before Sectur, the qualification process now begins and that they will have an answer next year.

“We have to wait for appointments to be made, and although we know that there are many new Magical Town applications each year, we are confident that our destination will be one of the selected ones,” he said.

There are currently 111 Magic Towns throughout Mexico, three of which are in the state of Quintana Roo. Already Isla Mujeres, Bacalar and Tulum have the Magic Town status.

Fernández Piña noted that Puerto Morelos has the backing of the State Secretariat of Tourism (Sedetur), which recognizes the destination as a place with all the necessary attributes to be able to reach the category of Magical Town of Mexico.