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State officials consider hotels, museum for Mahahual

Bacalar, Q.R. — A new tourist development for the area of Mahahual could see 1,200 rooms added to the area.

An announcement on Monday by the Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo) outlined the intention for a new project in the region of Mahahual in the southern portion of the state. Currently, Mahahual is a common cruise ship port, however, officials are considering a new tourist development in nearby Bacalar.

The project would include 1,200 rooms distributed between six hotels with an estimated investment value of $100 million USD. Investors say the project would also include a Musa (underwater art museum) in the Bacalar lagoon.

Roberto Díaz Abraham, President of the Board of Directors of the Underwater Art Museum (MUSA) says they are considering the government’s invitation to establish another museum in Bacalar, as the main objective of this attraction is to preserve the reefs, something that does not exist in the lagoon, but admits that the inflow of tourism in that area is low.

Details of the project were made in a press conference by Apiqroo director Alicia Ricalde Magaña, who explained that studies concluded that six points for bungalows could be developed within the lagoon. She added that the bungalows would resemble those of Mayakoba for which the administration in charge would grant a concession of partial rights with consideration to the investors. The project would also support the procedures to ensure a balanced sustainable development for ecotourism hotels.


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