Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Additional investments and a global top position outline a new tourism era for Quintana Roo during its 50th year.
Governor Mara Lezama Espinosa made the comment after a recent meeting with tour operators, travel agencies and airline executives. She says they been strategic allies to achieve tourism success in these first 50 years of Quintana Roo by allowing more investments and formal, well-paid jobs for the people.
Accompanied by the mayors of Cozumel, Juanita Alonso Marrufo, Cancun Ana Paty Peralta de la Peña, Playa del Carmen Lili Campos Miranda and of Puerto Morelos, Blanca Merari Tziu, the Governor shared the 2023 results.
She said they confirm the global tourism leadership of Quintana Roo and its expansion of the twelve destinations of the Mexican Caribbean that world travelers will be able to discover through the Maya Train.
Among the participants in this meeting are the LATAM Commercial Director of Iberia British AirWays, Marina Clounga, the General Director of Avoris Business Corporation, Juan Carlos González and the founder and Executive President of Grupo Globalia, Juan José Hidalgo.
Also participating was the General Director of El Corte Inglés Travel Group, Miguel Moya; Head of Partnership Marketing at W2W (World2Meet), Juan Romanguera Bosch; and the Commercial Director of Last Minute, Juanjo Viñals.
Before business partners, Lezama provided figures on the tourism success that has turned Quintana Roo into an investment magnet. These include the reception of more than 21 million tourists in 2023, the mobility of 33.7 million passengers to the state, the arrival from more than 6 million cruise passengers in the four port terminals of Cozumel and Mahahual and the more than 130,000 available hotel rooms.
She also detailed the launch of more than 200 hotels since the pandemic, the awarding of the 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards in the category of the best islands in North America, in which Holbox, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel were among the five best islands in North America.
Likewise, Quintana Roo was positioned with leadership among the best 20 resorts on the east coast of Mexico and the 10 best hotels in Mexico.
Mara Lezama added that in addition to all this, the recently inaugurated Maya Train that runs through five states which was designed to provide southeastern Mexico with a modern transportation system with services as a passenger train, cargo and tourism to boost growth.
She pointed out for the interest of tour operators and airlines, that the Maya Train will travel more than 1,500 total kilometers along its tracks and will generate economic development and prosperity in the communities through which it will pass.
“With the Maya Train the world will know the cultural richness, the artisanal work and the Mayan culture, gastronomy, its lagoons and jungles will be recognized,” she said.
At this meeting, the Governor accompanied by the Secretary of Tourism, Bernardo Cueto, presented awards.
Previously, Governor Mara Lezama Espinosa met with co-accredited officials in Spain, to whom she added that in these first 50 years, Quintana Roo is experiencing a new era for tourism with the fusion of ancient culture with modernity.