ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Fonatur, the Mexican government organization in
charge of tourism investment and development, outlined plans for
new tourism development in Cancun.
Fonatur intends to develop Puerto Cancun, located at the western
end of Cancun's existing tourist area.
The project will include a 330-slip marina, 18-hole golf course
designed by Tom Weiskopf, a residential area, a boardwalk and
commercial zone, and hotels with up to 4,288 rooms.
Costa Cancun, near the Club Med resort, will include a 36-hole
golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, a clubhouse, a beach area
Closer to downtown, Fonatur envisions Malecon Cancun, a
boardwalk-type development that will include commercial and
Near Dolphin Beach and the Hilton property, Fonatur has
designated a zone called La Herradura, a development that will
incorporate the public beach with hotels and condominiums. A new
marina would also be constructed.
On a smaller scale, Fonatur also proposes a new marina in
Cozumel, which would be flanked by commercial development, hotels,
residential sites and other attractions.
Preliminary land and water studies on Puerto Cancun began in
December, according to Michael E. Kelly, president and CEO of
Puerto Cancun. Kelly said Puerto Cancun will be open within four
years and take 10 years to fully complete.
The development is expected to cost $127 million over the next
four years and $1 billion over the next decade, according to
"Puerto Cancun has a strategic importance because it will
revitalize the most important tourist destination of Mexico," Kelly
said. "With a full-scale marina, we want to reach the more than
35,000 yacht, mega-yacht and sailboat owners who live on the U.S.
East Coast and along the Gulf of Mexico. Currently, this market
prefers other Caribbean destinations because they do not find the
necessary nautical infrastructure along the Mexican Caribbean."
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Cancun to expand travel confab
ACAPULCO, Mexico -- The 17th annual Cancun Travel Mart, slated
for Oct. 13 to 15, will be expanded to include retail travel agents
and group meeting planners, according to Jose Chapur Zahoul,
president of the Quintana Roo Hotel Association.
Agents will be able to attend seminars, workshops and site
inspections during the event, while meeting planners will be able
to schedule business appointments and site inspections.
In addition, agents will be permitted to visit the supplier
exhibit area during one afternoon. The event is expected to draw
250 supplier delegates.
The Quintana Roo Hotel Association also announced that it will
continue its Clearly Cancun promotion this year, in cooperation
with American Express and the Cancun Convention & Vistors
Bureau. The promotion offers American Express cardholders visiting
the destination benefits like free nights and special discounts.