TULUM, México – In a recent meeting in Mexico City with the undersecretary of the Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial, and Urban Development (SEDATU), Daniel Octavio Fajardo Ortiz, Governor Mara Lezama expressed her government’s interest in constructing an artisan market in Tulum’s archaeological zone. This ambitious project aims to create a Tourist Craft Services Center, providing a direct platform for local artisans to showcase their talents and crafts to both national and international tourists, thereby bolstering the local economy and preserving cultural heritage.
The envisioned artisan market would house a diverse range of crafts, including leatherwork, woodwork, hammock weaving, clothing, and pyrography, among others. By giving these skilled artisans a prominent space to display and sell their creations, Governor Lezama seeks to foster economic growth and empowerment in the region. Furthermore, the market’s location within the archaeological zone will create a unique experience for tourists, where they can appreciate the rich cultural heritage of Tulum while supporting local businesses.
The proposal aligns with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s ambitious Mayan Train project, which aims to reduce disparities and uplift marginalized communities. By integrating the artisan market with the Mayan Train, Governor Lezama envisions a synergistic effect that will further drive tourism, generate employment opportunities, and ultimately alleviate poverty.
During the meeting with Sedatu, other crucial development plans for the region were also discussed. The South Southeast Territorial Planning Program, a comprehensive initiative that seeks to enhance infrastructure and living conditions, was carefully analyzed. Additionally, the funding for the Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement program and mobility issues were addressed, showcasing the government’s commitment to overall regional development and sustainable growth.
The Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement program is set to receive an investment of 71 million pesos, which will be dedicated to enhancing streets and public spaces in eight communities of the municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto. However, Governor Lezama did not stop there, as she proposed expanding the investment to encompass an additional 21 hectares of land. This extension will be transformed into a recreational park, complete with picturesque gardens, enchanting fountains, well-laid bike paths, and spaces designed for family enjoyment.
As part of her vision for social justice, Governor Lezama emphasized the inclusion of a charro canvas and a couples race track in the fairgrounds project. These additions will not only preserve cultural traditions but also provide recreational opportunities that promote unity and community engagement.
Although the approval status and construction timeline of the Tourist Craft Services Center in the archaeological zone remain uncertain, Governor Lezama’s commitment to advancing the project is evident. The potential economic impact, cultural preservation, and overall improvement of living conditions in Tulum and its neighboring communities make this undertaking a beacon of hope for a brighter and more inclusive future.