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Riu wants another hotel even though last proposal rejected

Cancun, Q.R. – The Spanish group Riu is submitting a second proposal to build an additional hotel in Cancun even though their last proposal was denied.

The hotel company wants to invest $95 million to construct its fifth hotel in Cancun, even though a similar project was rejected earlier this year by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).

A report from the Economist shows that earlier in the year, Riu submitted a proposal to invest $180 million to construct a 564-room hotel, but the proposal was rejected. As of October 19, Riu has submitted a different proposal with Semarnat for a smaller complex consisting of only 530 rooms.

Riu first submitted their proposal in late 2014 but had it rejected in March of 2015 due to lack of sufficient information regarding the environmental impact. Even though the direction of the municipality of Urban Development of Benito Juarez gave Riu a building permit, Semarnat inevitably denied authorization from the Environmental Impact Statement and change in land use saying “the petitioner did not provide sufficient elements that allow the analysis and assessment of how the project would not pose any risk of groundwater flow in their implications both during construction and during operation of the complex.”

The new project would be adjacent to the Ramsar mangrove site at Nichpute. Semarnat also noted that the company avoided specifying the possible effects they would have on the mangrove if given authorization to build Riviera Hotel Riu Cancun.

The current Riu Cancun hotel is a large L-shaped complex of 16-floors. The development includes four swimming pools, kid’s club, two wet bars, open garden areas and solarium. The new development would be located at kilometer 17 in the Cancun Hotel Zone and occupy a total of nearly 21,000 square meters.

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