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Reason for Holbox service collapse, irregular rooms

Holbox, Q.R. — After the recent collapse of water and light services on the island of Holbox, state authorities have learned that 40 percent of lodging rooms on the island are irregular.

A recent census conducted by authorities of the State Secretariat of Tourism (Sedetur) determined that a factor in the collapse was due to an excess of tourism rooms that they were unaware of.

Water and electrical services for the island were initially set up for the 800 residents that called Holbox home, however, Sedetur has since learned that there are approximately 1,000  rooms on the island, most of which are not set up or registered for tourism.

Marisol Vanegas Pérez, head of Sedetur, said that all this puts information on the table of what is real since, up to now, there was no count to determine the number of irregular properties that are being marketed.

Holbox was connected with potable water and drainage facilities in 1984 for its 800 residents. Since then, the island has grown by more than 600 percent including permanent residents, but mostly tourists who arrive daily.

Maintenance including drainage and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) continues as state authorities work to improve the island.