The Ministry of Tourism was created on the 31st of May, 1976, as established by the Organic Law of the Executive Power of the State of Quintana Roo, published in the Official State Newsletter on the same date, the head of the State Executive at the time being Mr Jesus Martinez Ross.
The main objective was the coordination, promotion and development of tourism in the State; especially the “Cancun” Mega Project that was in its initial stages, the consolidation of Cozumel island, the main tourism centre at that time, as a national and international destination, as well as Isla Mujeres, a local fishing port.
On the 28th of July, 1981, a new Organic Law was published in the Official State Newsletter, with Pedro Joaquin Coldwell being the Constitutional State Governor at the time, which named the Ministry of Tourism as the Department in charge of the office dealing with matters related to the Tourism Sector.
During this government term, tourism began to be visualized as the State’s main economic activity, for which the Ministry of Tourism dedicated itself to organizing, promoting and coordinating the best use of the tourism resources of the region, as well as proposing the declaration of Tourism Zones to the State Executive. The “Cancun” Mega Project was consolidated during this six year government period.
During the term of Dr. Miguel Borge Martin, Constitutional State Governor, the General Direction of the Trust for Integral Tourism Development in the State of Quintana Roo was created as an organism reporting to the State Ministry of Tourism.
With the partial destruction of Cancun’s Hotel Zone by hurricane “Gilbert” in September 1988, the administration of Dr. Miguel Borge Martin took on the task, through the Ministry of Tourism, of once again promoting the tourist destination, along with the northern part of the State, since worldwide media had announced that the existing infrastructure had disappeared. Similarly, through the Ministry of Tourism, development began on the very important project of the Cancun – Tulum Tourist Corridor.
On December 13th, 1993, during the administration of Mario E. Villanueva, the Organic Law of the Public Administration of Quintana Roo State was published, which continued to contemplate the Ministry of Tourism as the Department in charge of the office dealing with matters related to the Tourism Sector.
On March 30th, 1994, in the Official State Newsletter, the Coordination Agreement between the Ministry of Tourism and the Executive of the Free and Sovereign State of Quintana Roo was published, in which the functions of the Federal Ministry of Tourism were decentralized, as contemplated in the Federal Tourism Law and its ruling in favour of the State Government, in matters of planning, programming, regulation of suppliers, training, tourist protection and assistance, which are all channelled through the Ministry of Tourism.
On March 17th, 1995, the Organic Law of the Public Administration of the Quintana Roo State Government was published, in which the Ministry of Tourism is considered to have the same attributes as in previous rulings.
On September 8th, 2000, the new Organic Law of the Public Administration was published in the Official State Newsletter, during the administration headed by Mr Joaquin E. Hendricks Diaz, conferring on the Ministry of Tourism the coordination of the departments of the Federal Government dealing with the Tourism Sector: directing state policies on tourism affairs, carrying out studies to make rational use of the State’s natural resources for tourism objectives, proposing the declaration of tourism zones in the State, supporting, controlling and supervising tourist services offered in the State, establishing mechanisms for giving information and directions to tourists and taking actions to protect and offer them service.
During the term of Mr. Felix Arturo Gonzalez Canto, Constitutional State Governor, tourism has established itself as the axis around which the state economy revolves. Quintana Roo, through the Ministry of Tourism, is home to the best tourist resources in the country, is a trend setter for tourism services in Mexico and the Caribbean region, offering the strength of a multi-destination and favourable conditions private investment that attracts competitive companies that are sustainable and of high quality.
A result of the recovery of hotel establishments after the passing of hurricanes Emily, Wilma and Dean, has been the solid and dynamic growth of the hotel infrastructure, a fact confirmed by the largest lodging inventory in all of Mexico’s tourist destinations.
In 2007, thanks to the development of the tourism infrastructure, there was a supply of more than 73 thousand 108 rooms available in 763 hotels, representing 13 per cent of the country’s total room supply.
Lodging infrastructure, 3 airports served by 65 domestic and international airlines and five sea ports with more than 3.5 million tourists arriving on almost 1,500 cruise ships each year, make Quintana Roo a major international destination which receives an average of 10 million visitors each year.
Quintana Roo is the number one cruise ship destination in the world. More than one thousand cruise ships dock in Cozumel each year and an average of 500 per year in the emerging Costa Maya, making the state the arrival point of more than half of the visitors who arrive in the country on these floating hotels.
Quintana Roo presents us with great challenges in the tourism field for the upcoming three years. We will have to revise the current models of tourism development for the different destinations within the state, so that they strictly abide by models of sustainable tourism. Similarly we will have to offer highly specialized tourist products designed for more profitable segments and balance tourism development in the different zones. Lastly, we have an unavoidable commitment to incorporate the indigenous communities into the benefits generated by tourism.