Cancun, Q.R. — Government officials have rejected the construction proposal for three hotels in the Cancun Hotel Zone. The three-hotel project would have seen another 1,355 rooms added to the already congested area.
The $273 million USD project by Chada Corporation was rejected by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) meant for construction in the third section of the Cancun Hotel Zone.
Three 12-story hotels were proposed that would consists of 432 rooms, 428 rooms and 495 rooms and have 60 percent of its construction across a mangrove vegetation area. The proposed site was also near a sea turtle camp.
However, on the heels of the environmental government’s rejection, the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur) continues to warn officials that the Cancun Hotel Zone can no longer support additional construction, pointing out that essential services such as water and sanitation are on the verge of collapse. The agency also notes that there are currently other hotels under construction in the area.
Alejandro Varela Arellano, legal director of Fonatur said “Fonatur is against over-densification without respecting the original master plans. The number of rooms they propose (Grand Island and RIU Riviera Cancun) exceeds the capacity of services that exist.”