Cancun, Tulum planning to reopen to tourists by June: report


Some popular Mexico tourist destinations — including Cancun and Tulum — plan to reopen to international travelers by the beginning of June, according to a report.

The Quintana Roo Tourism Promotion Council is planning a promotional campaign for the end of May aimed at reviving tourism in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Riviera Maya News reported.

All members of the industry will be informed of new health and hygiene protocols for tourist hotspots, Darío Flota Ocampo, the director of the tourism council, told the paper.

The proposal to welcome visitors back to the Quintana Roo state — which also includes Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen — coincides with resuming air travel to the region.

Some airlines that have announced they’ll resume flights to the Cancun International Airport in early June are Southwest, Delta and Air Canada, the report said.

The anticipated arrival of flights has prompted the opening of some online reservations for area hotels, more than 150 of which were forced to close because of the pandemic.

Attractions in the region, including theme parks, will also reopen.

But tourism, at first, is expected to center on weddings and conventions, Ocampo said.

The border between Mexico and the U.S. has been closed to all nonessential travel since March 21, and the order was extended another 30 days on April 20, according to The New York Times.

Mexico had more than 47,000 cases of COVID-19 and at least 5,000 deaths as of Sunday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University researchers.

The country isn’t the only one aiming to jump-start tourism, Greece recently announced plans to slowly open up to visitors on July 1.

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