Regardless of new Covid circumstances, resort building on rebound in Quintana Roo

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Despite a recent spike in coronavirus cases in Quintana Roo, 90% of hotel construction projects that were stopped or postponed due to the pandemic are now back on track, according to Governor Carlos Joaquín.

The governor told Milenio newspaper that 5,000 new hotel rooms are currently being built in the state, which is home to resorts such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Cozumel. Joaquin also said several new shopping malls are under construction.

Some of the projects are slated for completion later this year, while many others are slated for completion in early 2022.

According to the Quintana Roo government, AM Resorts, Grupo Posadas (owner of the Fiesta Americana brand), Grupo Tafer and Grupo Lomas, which are building a Nickelodeon resort in the Riviera Maya, are among the companies that have resumed hotel projects.

Jaoquín also said that almost all jobs in Quintana Roo were restored in the past year due to the pandemic. He said the tourism-focused state had lost 122,000 jobs in 2020, but all are expected to be restored by the end of this month.

Air traffic is also on the verge of returning to pre-pandemic levels. In 2019, an average of 600 flights a day came in and out of Quintana Roo airports, while the number is now about 518, the governor said.

Cancún and Cozumel airports are among the six busiest airports in the country, according to the Federal Ministry of Tourism.

Joaquín said 2.8 million visitors are expected over the summer months, which would be 80% of the 2019 level when 3.5 million tourists arrived in the Caribbean coastal state over the same period.

He admitted that cruise tourism has barely recovered and only one ship has docked in the state since the sector stalled early last year. Royal Caribbean International’s Adventure of the Seas brought about 1,000 passengers to Cozumel last month.

Joaquín said the frequency with which cruise lines dock in Quintana Roo will increase starting this month.

With reports from Milenio