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The Fondo Nacional al Fomento del Turismo Fonatur announced during the Tianguis Turístico that it has 200 hectares adjacent to the Cancun International Airport for the development of a racetrack.

Satellite image showing the location of the desired racetrack. Its short proximity to the Cancún airport would make it an attractive product for national and international tourists. Photo: Courtesy

Rogelio Jiménez Pons indicated that the racetrack would not only host Formula 1, but also other sports such as Formula E, Nascar, Indycar, and MotoGP.

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“We are in talks with the private sector to build a track on the land we have close to the airport. We want to create a track that hosts more than just one race a year, so our design is considering creating five tracks in one,” he said.

The project is rumored to cost up to 40 million dollars. Photo: Courtesy

Likewise, he said that the project is progressing well, as the first sketches of the area have already been presented to businessmen during the Tianguis.

The project is part of Fonatur’s strategy for expanding tourism development in the Yucatán Península. 

In order for F1 to come to Cancun, the track to be built must be FIA Grade 1. Photo: Courtesy

As tourism is the main economic activity of the region, Pons revealed that they are interested in developing infrastructure projects, such as commercial or business centers, near where the Mayan Train will pass.

“We are not only thinking of a racetrack but also of shopping or business centers, we want to promote tourism in the region in every way possible. We know that Quintana Roo lives from tourism and of course, there are plans to create many real estate projects that the private sector sees with very good eyes”, he pointed out.

During the Tourism Tianguis, two municipalities from Yucatán and Quintana Roo signed an agreement for mutual cooperation. Photo: Courtesy

An alliance is growing between the neighboring states. Within the framework of the Tourism Tianguis, the municipal presidents of Merida and Benito Juarez (Quintana Roo) signed a letter of intent to establish cooperation between the two cities.

The exchange of tangible and intangible cultural expressions will be encouraged, from archeological heritage to regional traditions and plastic, musical and theatrical arts, as well as artisan internships, in order to acquire new work techniques and actively participate in national and regional events.

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