Governor Carlos Joaquín said the Cancun region will remain in the covid ‘green zone’ and that beaches are safe for tourists
The Mexican government has been working hard to meet future tourists’ expectations during the Easter holidays. The tasks have included pandemic, criminal and nature control.
According to a recent update shared on the Mexican tourism portal Nitu, local authorities and the private sector in Quintana Roo have announced that beaches in Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum are safe and ready for tourists.
On Thursday, governor Carlos Joaquín shared important information: The Quintana Roo region will remain in the green zone during the following weeks and the strategies to guarantee visitors’ safety and clean the beaches have been successful.
The green zone refers to the safe level of Mexico’s epidemiological traffic light system. Carlos Joaquin explained that from April 4 to 10 the green light will continue.
Joaquin also explained how different authorities and members of the tourism sector worked together—from diplomats to police officers, to business owners, to tour operators— to prepare for the 3 million tourists expected to visit Cancun for Easter. An economic boom highly cherished by authorities and locals.
The government and businesses in the region have been sharing communication campaigns on the safety of popular destinations. The president of the Hotels of Tulum Association, David Ortiz Mena, said that these campaigns will have a positive impact and benefit the touristic destinations and those who live and enjoy the natural local beauty.
The Challenges For Local Authorities
Tourism is the core of the state of Quintana Roo’s economy which includes fascinating destinations like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, and Tulum, and constitutes the main source of income for people and companies in the region.
Local authorities and businesses have been working together to face the main challenges and please traditional visitors like US and Canadian citizens.
These are the main situations local authorities had to address:
Excess Of Seaweed
Before the beaches of Cancun and Playa del Carmen got flooded by the brown algae called sargassum, local authorities decided to add seaweed barriers to protect the main popular beaches. The sargassum isn’t dangerous, but this strategy will prevent visitors from uncomfortable experiences including strong smells.
Governor Carlos Joaquin also made emphasis on the importance of understanding the nature and behavior of the sea sargassum to prevent and remove it from the coasts. Carlos Joaquin insisted that it is a shared responsibility that local authorities, citizens and businesses share.
International tourists and locals are concerned about safety in Cancun. The government and the police have been working hard to fight organized crime and assure tourists a secure vacation.
Recently, authorities discovered massage and jet ski tents used for drug trafficking and dismantled those involved. The beaches have been cleaned and police authorities are also developing strategies to protect and maintain a safe environment.
For this peak season, the governor has also requested tourists and locals to respect the legal framework of the state and avoid buying and consuming drugs, as well as exposing themselves to dangerous situations.
Just like every other country, Mexico has also faced the consequences of the covid–19, especially in tourism. The government has implemented plans to guarantee local safety, including the traffic light system.
International visitors are allowed and Cancun recently dropped its mandatory outdoor mask mandate, and, fortunately, good conditions are projected in the future. Travelers will be able to enjoy and take advantage of the beautiful beaches in Cancun. Regarding this point, the governor reminded citizens to get vaccinated and complete their vaccination schemes to achieve immunization.
Those traveling to Cancun during Easter can expect a more controlled environment and a high-quality stay. Hotel occupancy has already surpassed 85% for Easter and millions of tourists are about to experience the blue and warm waters of the beaches and the fascinating landscapes of the region.
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