Even though the proceedings for the Riviera Maya International Airport in Tulum were ordered to stop in 2011, investments formerly paused have started up again. There are no plans to continued with the airport at this time.
In March of 2010, then President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, announced the construction of the Riviera Maya International Airport, during a trip in Tulum.
The project was considered a boon for the growth of Tulum, which had been an independent municipality for two years.
Oscar Conde Canto, treasurer of the city of Tulum, explained that this pause in the development of the airport put expectations on hold. He added that the attractions of the area have regenerated growth, and various real estate and hotel projects are attracting new investors.
In fact, to date more than $500 million dollars has been spent in building the Secrets Akumal hotel, and $300 million dollars for expanding the hotel Bahía Príncipe.
Oscar Conde said that in 2016, preparations will be made for other types of tourism investments in Tulum. One such project is the commercialization of a location between Punta Solimán and Xel-Ha, where a luxury hotel is planned.
He also mentioned that various hotels are also planning to expand. Tulum currently has 8,500 hotel rooms, according to the Director of Tourism, Jorge Portilla Manica; it is hoped this number will reach 10,500 next year.
In the case of the real estate sector, Oscar Conde announced that construction is to begin on a residential complex of 100 units.
For the time being, there are also plans to build social housing units, and that the one that currently exists, Las Palmas, will continue to grow.
La Veleta colony in Tulum is just one of the areas that developers are investing in / Photo: Riviera Maya Properties