ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Fonatur, the Mexican government organization in
charge of tourism investment and development, outlined its plans
Fonatur said it intends to develop Puerto Cancun, which is
located at the western end of Cancun's existing tourist area.
The project will include a 330-slip marina, an 18-hole golf
course designed by Tom Weiskopf, a residential area, a boardwalk
and commercial zone and hotels with up to 4,288 rooms.
Preliminary land and water studies on Puerto Cancun began in
December, according to Michael Kelly, who is president and CEO of
Kelly said Puerto Cancun will be open within four years and will
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 in 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."
Another development, Costa Cancun, located near the Club Med
resort, will include a 36-hole golf course designed by Jack
Nicklaus as well as a clubhouse, a beach area and residences.
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 will also be constructed.
On a smaller scale, Fonatur also proposes a new marina in
Cozumel, which would be flanked by commercial development as well
as hotels, residential sites and other attractions.
Meanwhile, Cozumel officials reported an increase in air
passenger arrivals for the start of the year. Air arrivals were up
more than 22% in January compared with January 2003 and up by more
than 28% in February compared with the same month last year.
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