The president of the Mexican Association of Hotels of Yucatán, Juan José Martín Pacheco, reported that the main tourism companies will deliver a letter to the Secretariat of Tourism Promotion of the State government (Sefotur) with the approaches required by the Yucatecan hotel sector.
Next week, he said, executives from travel agencies, tour operators, Yucatan hoteliers, and other tourism businesses would meet to jointly draft a document in which they express the needs of the hotel sector and their respective suggestions.
For example, the a need for a promotional campaign to bring in a greater amount of national and international tourism that increases the occupancy percentage of hotels.
In this written request, tourism entrepreneurs will request the intervention of Sefotur to support the management of the time change of the archaeological zones of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal with the aim that tourists have at least one or two days of Overnight in hotels in Yucatan.
The change in visiting hours in the archaeological zones of Chichén Itzá, from 6 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon, instead of 8 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon, was initially proposed by the president of the Yucatán Tourism Business Council ( Cetur), Jorge Carrillo Sáenz, at a Christmas breakfast last December 4.
The idea is for tourists to come a day early and spend at least one night and leave a greater impact on business.
The president of the hotel association, Juan José Martín Pacheco, returned to this proposal in a press conference on January 18 where he showed statistics for 2021, 2022, and 2023 that are not favorable for hoteliers due to the growth of the hotel sector and the low influx in some months of the year.
He reiterated that it would be convenient to change the schedule in the archaeological zones not only of Chichén Itzá but also of Uxmal so that tourists are forced to come a day before visiting those sites and spend the night in a hotel.
In addition, he said that hoteliers are jealous of gastronomy because Sefotur had a strong promotion with the 365 Flavors program in Yucatán and tourists eat in restaurants, but not in hotel restaurants. Martín Pacheco proposes that the two archaeological zones, which are world heritage sites, be from 6 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon, instead of 8 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon.