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Proposal to increase hotel tax paid by Cancun tourists quashed

Cancun, Q.R. — A proposal to increase the Environmental Sanitation Right tax paid by tourists has been quashed. At a press conference, Deputy José de la Peña Ruíz de Chávez, president of State Congress Treasury Commission and initiator of the increase, said now was not the time.

During the conference, he explained that after a meeting with Jesús Almaguer, the president of the Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Puerto Morelos Hotel Association, they came to the conclusion that now was not the time to introduce the tax hike.

He added that although the topic was discussed before with the previous Hotel Association president Roberto Cintrón, it wasn’t until recently that he was able to meet with its new head.

“In recent days, we had a meeting at the request of Mr. Almaguer and within a few minutes, they gave me the necessary and sufficient arguments to reconsider the initiative,” he said.

Jesús Almaguer added that they had also spoken with Cancun City Council, with whom they also found a willingness to not approve this increase.

“We reached the consensus that increasing any tax burden on tourists at this time would put us at a disadvantage against the competition,” he said.

“We thank the deputy and the staff of the municipality of Benito Juárez for their openness and perception of this situation,” Jesús Almaguer said.