Hoteliers in Tulum estimate that the current infrastructure in the municipality is still insufficient, leading to approximately 7,500 people living in irregular human settlements.
According to David Ortiz Mena, vice president of the Hotel Council of the Caribbean, the existing infrastructure being developed in the area is good, but there is a need for investment to address the social needs it brings with it.
The representative of the hotel sector mentioned that all infrastructure is welcome, including projects like the Tulum International Airport and the Maya Train.
In his view, Tulum is allocated resources to serve its registered population, which is close to 45,000 people. This leaves out the more than 30,000 daily visitors the municipality receives. These visitors also require basic services and security.
He added that Tulum will also need to expand its sewage network, address solid waste disposal issues, and strengthen its electrical infrastructure.
David Ortiz Mena indicated that there is still a long way to go to have infrastructure that matches the image of the ambitious Tulum projects, especially in the coastal area, where road improvements are urgently needed, and where the works for the Jaguar Park leave much to be desired.
The hotel leader mentioned that they are in discussions with various authorities to achieve a community that provides all services. The municipality is currently experiencing a real estate boom, as various business organizations in the industry have pointed out.
Currently, the Mexican Congress holds the 2024 Economic Package in its hands, which outlines the budget’s allocation, while at the local level, municipalities are beginning to work on their income laws, which will soon be sent to the State Congress, along with the 2024 State Fiscal Package.