Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – The municipality of Solidaridad turns 22 on July 28, marking its success as one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world.
Since 1993, Playa del Carmen has grown from a fishing village to a region with one of the highest rates of development in Latin America, averaging 10 percentage points per year.
The corridor infamously known as the Riviera Maya, consists of approximately 200 kms of coastline lined with more than 42,000 hotel rooms from Benito Juarez to Tulum.
Solidaridad Mayor, Mauricio Escalante Góngora, explained that the tourism potential of the so called “Heart of the Riviera Maya” is a magnet for investors, but also for thousands of people looking at this destination to improve their living conditions.
He explained that the coming years will bring with them a daily challenge to maintain optimum conditions in basic services for tourists as well as the general population. The main challenge, he said, is to reconcile two objectives that drive Quintana Roo state and federal governments, which has to do with sustained growth and sustainable development.
According to Quintanta Roo data, the state has 942 hotels and 89,350 rooms, of which about 30,220 are in the area of the Riviera Maya.
In regard to the future of the Riviera Maya, Dario Flota Ocampo, director of the Trust for Tourism Promotion of Cozumel and Riviera Maya, said Solidarity is one of the most prosperous districts of the region.
According to the official web site of the municipality of Solidaridad, the territory where it sits belonged mostly to the chieftainship of Ecab, to which also belonged Tulum, Coba, Xaman Ha (now Playa del Carmen), Tancah and Pole.
On July 28, 1993, Solidarity was created after then state governor, Mario Villanueva Madrid, presented to the VII Legislature Act.