Iberostar Paraiso Lindo’s new convention center
Development in Cancun continues to flourish at a furious
pace. The Maya Riviera, a length of coastline that stretches south
of the hotel zone from Playa del Carmen to Tulum, is exploding with
a bevy of new all-inclusive hotels and tourist attractions.
In an effort to lure even more meetings and incentive business,
which is estimated to top US$29 million this year, the city is
pumping significant monies into beautification programs to spruce
up public parks and shopping and nightlife areas in and around the
Cancun Convention Center.
Last fall, the Cancun Convention Center
completed a renovation of its lobby level and adjacent exhibit
area, which encompasses 42,291 square feet of space.
Remodeling continues at Cancun International
Airport. Last December, a renovation of all departure and
check-in gate areas was completed. In addition, passengers for Aero
Mexico and Mexicana Airlines can relax in two newly opened VIP club
On the hotel front
The new 402-room Sofitel Cancun is
scheduled to open this spring. The property will feature 20,000
square feet of meeting space, a full-service spa and three
Spain-based Riu Hotels has opened its third Cancun property.
The all-inclusive 450-room Riu Palace Las Americas
opened in February, a mere five-minute walk from the Cancun
Shopping will soon be taken to a new level at the
Kukulcan Plaza shopping mall. A new extension
called Luxury Avenue, to be completed by year’s end, will house a
row of upscale designer boutiques, including names such as Fendi,
Max Mara and Mont Blanc.
A mega-nightclub complex is rising on the site of the defunct
Hard Rock Cafe, which was purchased in 2003 by Avalon Resorts.
The City, an upscale entertainment venue scheduled
to open at year’s end, will comprise a trendy nightclub outfitted
with the latest high-tech gear, an open-air beach bar, a Porter
House Grill restaurant and several lounge areas.
In June 2003, the 450-room Meliá Turquesa
converted to an all-inclusive resort, changing its name, fittingly,
to Meliá Turquesa All Inclusive Resort.
The Maya Riviera
The 2,031-room Moon Palace Golf & Spa
Resort, previously the Moon Palace Golf Resort, is adding
a 19,469- square-foot full-service spa. Set to begin pampering this
spring, the spa will feature 30 treatment rooms.
Making its debut in November was the 446-room Iberostar
Paraiso Lindo. Besides three meeting rooms, the property
features a separate convention center facility capable of hosting
groups of up to 1,000.
Last month, the 379-room Westin Regina Cancun,
which last summer added 98 guest rooms, wrapped up a US$5 million
top-down renovation of all guest rooms, public spaces and banquet
rooms, which included the addition of wireless options throughout
Xcaret keeps getting bigger and better. The
park has opened a third river, Paradise, for rafting excursions and
has added a Mayan Village, where guests get an up-close view of
artisans at work and then have an opportunity to purchase their
handicrafts. Also on display are a pair of recently rescued howler