Through a five-axis plan, SEFOTUR (State Tourism Secretariat) seeks to improve the image of the por of Progreso as a tourist destination:
- Implementation of the “Puerto Yucatán” brand
- Improvement and unification of colors of the façades of the first square of the city
- Expansion of the tourist offer of the whole municipality
- Closure of streets and transformation into pedestrian sections and bike paths
- Development of a Tourism Master Plan.
“The development of Progreso will be carried out according to the state and municipal plans, during the next two to three years”, announced the Tourism Development Secretariat (Sefotur) and the Directorate of Tourism of Progreso.
The work has already begun in Progreso, with the intervention and painting of facades of the downtwon area. 40 properties have been adapted so far with the authorization of the owners, and the works will continue.
In that sense, the Callejón de la Calle 25A (between 78 and 80) is currently being remodeled, right by the craft market, as the site serves as a drop-off point for foreign tourists coming from the cruise ships that arriving at the port. As the works are completed in the coming months, this site will be turned into a pedestrian corridor, for tourists to enjoy.
On its part, the local private initiative proposes the creation of beach clubs and the opening of new hotels and other businesses that would improve the tourist offer of the destination, while promoting the creation of artificial reefs, in order to promote snorkeling and other water sports, as well as boat rides along the coast.
Meanwhile, the Integral Port Administration of Progreso (API), has already begun the construction works for the recovery of the building that will serve as a shopping center, located next to the fiscal pier, which was built three years ago, and is now in total abandonment. The shopping area will be named “Puerta Progreso”, on the orders of the new director of the API, Agustín Jorge Arroyo Toledo. Construction company Ricsa is already in charge of the project. On this site, it is expected to have local, national and international franchise businesses that will enrich the tourist offer of Progreso.
The state government will invest more than 47 million pesos, and they are planning to do interventions of local historical buildings, streets and other urban elements that will complement the tourist image of the place.
It is sought that these changes generate the attraction of a greater number of cruises to the state through the port of Progreso, because at the beginning of the year the FCCA (Association of Cruises of Florida and the Caribbean, for its acronym in English) gave this municipality a very low score, regarding the degree of satisfaction of customers.
TYT Newsroom with information from SIPSE