As tourism numbers continue to rise year after year throughout the Riviera Maya region, officials have announced that Tulum will become Mexico’s first sustainable tourism development zone (ZDTS). This distinction builds upon the eco-chic Tulum lifestyle that first made this idyllic beach town so popular among travelers who are interested in sustainable tourism. The new legislation will be implemented by October 15th and the decree will help this growing vacation destination carry out a variety of new ecotourism initiatives and to participate fully in the emerging green economy.
“Tulum was chosen because it has one of the highest rates of growth”, stated Marisol Vanegas Pérez, who serves as tourism secretary in the state of Quintana Roo, where the Riviera Maya is located.
Read on to learn more about why Tulum was selected and what this new designation will mean for the entire region!
Best Beaches in the World
Situated in Mexico’s magical Riviera Maya region about 90 minutes south of the Cancun International Airport, the ancient Caribbean town of Tulum has often been recognized for having the world’s best beaches. Here, the soft white sand gives way to clear turquoise waters that are home to the world’s second largest barrier reef and a wide variety of sea life, including colorful coral, manta rays, whale sharks, schools of tropical fish, sea turtles and much more.
The ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum are also found along the picturesque Mexican Caribbean coast, and the entire Riviera Maya region has become increasingly popular among tourists – both domestic and international – who come to explore the warm blue waters, pristine natural cenotes (freshwater sinkholes), breathtaking archaeological sites and many other activities that simply can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
The Future of Ecotourism in Tulum
As the entire Riviera Maya has continued to experience rapid development, Tulum’s new status as an official sustainable tourism zone will ensure that the area will continue to grow in an orderly fashion that always takes the natural environment’s wellbeing into account. Resources will also be allocated to establish a standard of sustainability criteria for new developments in Tulum.
“The aim of the designation is to ensure that natural resources are protected, communities’ cultures and values are respected and that people [who are] living in tourism destinations benefit from the arrival of visitors through job creation or other means”, federal Tourism Secretary Enrique de la Madrid told The Yucatan Times.
Although Tulum is the only town to officially receive the ZDTS designation at this time, tourism secretary Vanegas Pérez also revealed that the island of Isla Mujeres, which lies off the coast of Cancun, is being considered as the country’s next sustainable tourism development zone.
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