Riviera Maya, Q.R. – Riviera Maya is ready to greet the thousands of visitors who have already booked nearly 90 percent of the region’s accommodations.
The National Alliance of Travel Agencies and Tourism Service Providers says that Solidaridad is among the main beach destinations in Mexico sought by both international and domestic visitors.
The Easter holiday season is one of the busiest in the country with domestic tourism leading the way. National tourists from Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara are shown to prefer Riviera Maya towns such as Playa del Carmen and Puerto Aventuras.
Neighboring states Veracruz, Tabasco, Chiapas, Yucatan and Campeche most often arrive to the area by car for their first vacation of the year. State and federal governments are busy monitoring highways since this particular holiday brings the most traffic to the region.
General Directorate of Civil Protection, Orlando Muñoz Gómez, points out that their main objective is to enforce safety regulations for the thousands of drivers who take to the highway this time of year.
Officials from the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), the Mexican Army, the Federal Police, Port Captaincy, Green Angels, Red Cross, General Directorate of Public Safety and Traffic, Department of Fire Brigades and the General Direction of Federal Maritime Ground Zone (Zofemat) are all geared up to ensure travelers have a safe trip. Muñoz Gómez points out that the greatest risk during this time of year are intoxicated drivers driving under the influence.
Beach security will also be stepped up as numerous federal agencies participate in monitoring the 84 kilometers of coast between Playa del Carmen and Puerto Aventuras.
Director General of Public Safety and Traffic, Juan Martín Rodríguez Olvera, reminds visitors that it is illegal to drink alcohol on public highways. Riding bicycles on the Fifth Avenue pedestrian street is also prohibited and if caught, can lead to a fine.
He says that, “In case any person, whether tourist or resident, is arrested by an element of the police corporation, what he has to question is the reason for the arrest. The arresting officer will carry their surname, rank and the corporation to which they belong. Once the detainee arrives at the command, they have the right to make a phone call.”
In the event of an emergency, tourists and nationals can contact Emergency 911, Civil Protection Directorate 877-30-53 or approach the Citizen Attention Module (MAC) located in the main access Municipal Palace of Solidarity.
Rocío Ocampo Colmenares, head of Tourism Solidaridad, confirms that hotel occupancy rates for many of the municipalities are between 80 and 90 percent.