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Mexico to build an airport in Tulum in a bid to boost the economy 

Tulum is famous for its turquoise waters and magnificent Mayan ruins and cenotes

Mexico to build an airport in Tulum in a bid to boost the economy
Tulum has become widely popular among national and international tourists in recent years - Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 01/10/2020 14:58 Alberto Morales y Pedro Villa y Caña Mexico City Actualizada 15:05
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President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that besides building the Mayan Train, his administration is also going to build a new airport in Tulum, one of the most popular touristic locations among national and international tourists. These projects aim to boost tourism and development in the region. 

During a press conference, the President said: “We’re going to build a new airport in Tulum, which is going to help a lot.” López Obrador added that this project would prevent bottlenecks and traffic generated by the construction of the Cancún-Tulum stretch for the Mayan train. 
 

Nevertheless, the Mexican President apologized in advance because the construction will take up to two years.
 
President López Obrador emphasized that it is essential for Campeche and Quintana Roo to reactivate tourism after all activities came to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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On September 3, the Quintana Roo Governor announced the northern area of the state would move from orange to yellow in Mexico’s four-color epidemiological system. This meant that public beaches in destinations like Cancún and Playa del Carmen were able to reopen.

Public beaches north of Quintana Roo remained open but only at 60% capacity, including Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Puerto Morelos, and Tulum, important destinations for the Mexican Caribbean due to its beaches and adventure and ecotourism activities.
 
Hotels, restaurants, historical sites, theme parks, golf fields, tourism services, and shopping malls also remained at 60% capacity, as well as other stores beyond the travel industry.

Tulum

Tulum is a small town located in the Yucatán Peninsula, famous for its turquoise waters and magnificent Mayan ruins and cenotes. 

In recent years, Tulum has become widely popular among national and international tourists because it has it all: beaches, cenotes, lagoons, and archaeological sites; however, Tulum is not as commercial as Cancún, and there are no enormous resorts everywhere. 

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According to Ancient History Encyclopedia, Tulum “was an important Mesoamerican centre which displayed both Maya and Toltec influence. Tulum was a major trading and religious centre between the 11th and 16th centuries CE and, dramatically situated near the sea, it is one of the most evocative ancient sites in Mexico.

First settled in the 6th century CE, Tulum prospered, especially so under Mayapán influence from c. 1200 CE, and was an important centre trading in such typical barter goods of the period as cotton, foodstuffs, copper bells, axes, and cacao beans. Protected by the jungle of Quintana Roo, the site survived the general Maya collapse and was largely left untouched by the Spanish.”

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