The president of the Tourism Business Council (Cetur), Jorge Carrillo Sáenz, announced that this representation of the tourism industry will propose to the corresponding authorities a change of schedule in the archaeological zones of Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam, Uxmal, and Dzibilchaltún as a form of generation of economic benefit and to increase overnight stays in Yucatan hotels.
In a meeting held on Monday, December 4, at the traditional annual breakfast of tourist friends 2023 at his El Conquistador hotel, Carrillo Sáenz explained that in the brainstorming generated in this talk between only tourism businessmen, two topics emerged that Cetur will decisively promote: the change of schedule in these four Mayan archaeological zones and meetings with the candidates for the governorship of Yucatán.
Carrillo Sáenz said that several areas of opportunities emerged for the improvement of the tourism industry and one of them is the way to increase hotel occupancy and have more economic benefits in all sectors of this economic activity in Yucatán.
A proposal that seems simple, but is complicated because it would move the entire tourist dynamic of the archaeological zones of Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam, Uxmal, and Dzibichaltún and the municipalities and towns that surround them is the modification of the hours of these tourist sites of the Mayan culture.
The tourism businessmen who attended proposed that these archaeological zones operate from 6 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon, instead of 8 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon as it is today. They explained the reasons why they believe that this modification of the entry and exit times of the archaeological zones can have a positive impact on Yucatecan tourism.
“This schedule change will allow tourists to enter early to see the Sunrise from a beautiful archaeological area, a natural spectacle that will undoubtely attract a lot of attention,” he explained.
“If you know that you are entering Chichén or Uxmal at 6 in the morning, you will have to spend the night in this area or a nearby municipality. Not like now when they come from Cancun or the Riviera Maya and have to leave their hotels at 4 in the morning.” “We have to work with the authorities and convince them that it would bring an important benefit to tourism,” he said. “Not only in the economic impact because they stay in hotels, but also among the artisans, restaurants and other services because if they leave the visit after 2 in the afternoon they will surely eat and if they come at night, they will have dinner.”