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Announcement of Tulum airport a welcome surprise

Tulum, Q.R. — The head of the Tourism Secretariat of Quintana Roo said she was surprised to learn of the announcement of an airport for Tulum. Marisol Vanegas Pérez said the recent announcement by Andrés Manuel López Obrador regarding the construction of an airport in Tulum “was as surprising for us as it was for many people in Quintana Roo.”

Now it will be necessary to see if it will be in the same location and with the same conditions as the previous project, because that project advanced to the feasibility stages in the technical aspect. We also have to find out where the resources for the airport will come from,” she pointed out.

During a morning interview, Vanegas Pérez said that having an airport in Tulum would be “extraordinary” and of great help for the economic recovery of the state, especially to connect the southern zone. Either way,” she said, “rural tourism is being promoted.”

Darío Flota Ocampo, director of the Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council, also welcomed the news saying it will be important to define how the work will be executed, if it will be private, official or a mixture of both.

“We will have to wait to see if this project has an official investment or if it will be a private project as originally planned. There is a lot of information to receive,” he admitted.

He said the plan to build an airport in Tulum has been put on hold for years, and became vacant with the change of administrations.

Tulum mayor Victor Mas Tah says the Maya Train and the new airport will be investment generators. He says these two projects will be triggers for other developments, which will impact the municipality in its growth and evolution.

“We will be attentive to support these projects, generating and presenting the needs of the municipality in the face of projects of this magnitude that brings needed infrastructure,” he said.

“In previous months, we have worked in coordination with Fonatur and Sedatu, working closely with all the institutions, all the corresponding information has been generated for this project to be carried out (…) and today we celebrate that the president announced these projects for the southeast and for Tulum,” he added.