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Cancun, Riviera Maya associations continue to push for anti-covid vaccinations for tourism workers

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Riviera Maya hotel workers are optimistic that the federal government will soon authorize a special anti-covid vaccination campaign for tourist personnel. Toni Chaves, president of the Riviera Maya Hotel Association (AHRM) says he hopes the federal government backs the idea in vaccinating tourism workers.

He said with support of local organizations and the state government, the tourism sector of Quintana Roo could be part of the immunization process, especially those under 40 years of age who have not yet been included in the federal vaccination program.

“As sectors of the population related to law enforcement, medical and educational personnel have already been vaccinated, now we hope that workers in the tourism industry, a pillar of the state’s economy, are taken into account,” said the hotel leader.

The Executive Director of AHRM, Manuel Paredes, added that more than 250 hotels and affiliated companies have sent their personnel information to the federation as part of a census to give the government figures as to the amount of vaccines needed.

The president of the Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres Hotel Association, Roberto Cintrón, has also asked members to gather employee information to be included in the vaccination program.

Toni Chaves said that if approved, the vaccination process would encompass three stages that would include first contact collaborators with tourists, operational and administrative personnel, transport companies and tourist parks.

“We hope to have a positive response from federal authorities soon which will undoubtedly contribute to a faster reactivation of tourism in the Mexican Caribbean,” he said.

Since last year, Governor Carlos Joaquín González has endorsed the idea and has repeatedly presented it before the federal government, stressing its importance for the benefit of tourist personnel and travelers who visit the Mexican Caribbean.

In the event that is accomplished, it would highlight the Mexican Caribbean as a safe destination for visitors and allow the region to compete on an equal basis with other global destinations.