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New Coronavirus strategies for Cancun tourism sector being considered

Cancun, Q.R. — Vaccinated tourist service providers along with Covid testing points are some of the measures that the Hotel Association of Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres are looking into.

Roberto Cintrón Gomez, head of the association says he has had talks with state governor Carlos Joaquin about implementing the strategies to maintain the region’s competitiveness in the face of the pandemic.

He said that it is only a matter of time before the U.S. will begin requesting a PCR test for re-entry into the country, a move that Canada recently made for all incoming travelers.

Cintrón Gomez says it is for this reason they would like to be able to offer tourists the services so they can comply with such requirements without having to leave the Cancun Hotel Zone.

The vaccination for all hotel employees and service providers would make the region the first to offer complete security to its visitors, while guaranteeing the health of the entire workforce.

The investment would be borne by the hotels themselves, and although they are utilizing both Pfizer and Astra Zeneca, the second is the most possible given the ease of application and distribution.

Roberto Cintrón also said in the event of a positive tourist test, there are already four hotels near the airport that would charge preferential prices to the families of the infected.

“All the hoteliers with whom I have spoken agree and have already accounted for around half a million vaccine doses for the northern region of the state.

“We have talked with the governor of the state, Carlos Joaquin, to establish a strategy to pay attention to tourists who could test positive, something that will be established in due course.”

The association head explained that “we already have a place so that the interested laboratory can be installed for the taking of samples. That would be in the Coral Beach Hotel.

“Another strategic point is the place where Outback was. We are also looking into one more point, possibly the Mayan Museum in Cancun. We are talking with several laboratories and for now, the best price is $100, but we will continue to look for better prices to avoid higher expenses for our visitors,” he added.

He also made a reference to the management of a health visa with the Secretary of Tourism Miguel Torruco, so that those who have already been vaccinated do not need to retake PCR samples.