TULUM, Mexico – The ongoing federal government projects within the Jaguar National Park in Tulum and its access points have led to a 25 percent reduction in operational capacity for tour agencies in the area. This decline can be attributed to the limited number of tourists visiting popular destinations like Mangle, Maya, Pescadores, and Santa Fe.
Alonso Gutiérrez Sánchez, a representative of Vicky Tours, expressed concern about this situation during an interview. He noted that this issue is an extension of the challenges they faced during the previous summer vacation season.
During the summer vacation period, despite favorable weather conditions and minimal seaweed accumulation on the beaches, the tourism sector struggled to achieve even 80 percent of its usual sales. Many tourists chose to explore alternative beaches in Tulum to avoid the traffic congestion in and around the Jaguar National Park due to the ongoing construction projects.
Gutiérrez Sánchez emphasized the deteriorating condition of the roads, the reluctance of visitors to purchase entrance bracelets, and the lack of proper signage as factors contributing to this decline in tourism. He stated, “Regrettably, the road is in disrepair, people don’t want to pay for bracelets, and there are no clear signs. When tourists hear about the complications surrounding the Jaguar National Park due to the construction, they opt for alternative beaches like Akumal.”
He further explained that tour agencies eagerly anticipate the swift completion of these construction projects. Once finished, they hope the public beaches will return to their normal levels of visitation.
Additionally, the industry has high hopes for the upcoming weekend festivities, anticipating a significant increase in visitors. As these celebrations approach, tour agencies are optimistic about a surge in tourism.
The ongoing construction projects in the Jaguar National Park of Tulum have had a significant impact on local tour agencies, with a 25 percent reduction in their operational capacity. Despite the challenges faced during the previous summer season, the industry remains hopeful for a resurgence in tourism once the construction concludes.