Hoteliers Question Authorities Over New Wave of Violence in Tulum’s Tourist Zone


TULUM, MX.- The events that occurred at the TABOO restaurant of the Rosa Negra group in the municipality of Tulum, Quintana Roo, where two people lost their lives, “are a sign that the security strategy implemented by the three levels of government is not adequate,” stated the hotel entrepreneurs of the entity through a letter, who make up the Mexican Caribbean Hotel Council (CHCM).

In the document addressed to the Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, the Governor of Quintana Roo, Mara Lezama Espinosa, the State Attorney General Raciel López Salazar, and the Municipal President of Tulum, Diego Castañón Trejo, they express their concern for what happened.

“Which undoubtedly leads us to make an urgent call to reevaluate and, if necessary, strengthen the measures of supervision and control of the regulations that govern the operation of the establishments located in our locality,” reads the document signed by the president of the Hotel Council, Antonio Chaves Palomo, and the vice president of the Council and president of the Tulum Hotels Association, David Ortiz Mena.

Another point highlighted in the document is the fact that, despite the measures taken by the municipal authorities, with the limitation of operation during the night, criminal and violent acts continue, now in broad daylight, which shows that it is necessary to modify the supervision and control of the operation of the establishments.

“The tranquility and rest that define Tulum are threatened not only by the inadequate operation of some establishments that violate the law but also by the non-compliance with the decibel limits established in the regulations. These harmful practices must be confronted with firm and definitive measures aimed at preserving the essence of our destination.”

The members of the Mexican Caribbean Hotel Council also requested the three levels of government to carry out the necessary coordinated work so that the results can be seen as soon as possible for the benefit of tourism and especially for the inhabitants of Tulum.

Implement severe, exemplary, and effective sanctions against establishments that repeatedly violate operating regulations, including the possibility of permanently closing those that show harmful practices for the community and the environment of Tulum.

Establish clear and effective legal mechanisms that prevent the reopening in any form of those establishments that have been partially or totally closed for causing damage to the community and the natural and cultural environment of Tulum.

Strengthen supervision and control over compliance with decibel limits, both during daytime and nighttime hours, and if necessary, apply the corresponding sanctions for repeated non-compliance with these provisions.

Ensure public safety through the implementation of surveillance and supervision mechanisms at all times, emphasizing the hours that extend beyond the nighttime schedule.

On the night of this Friday, March 15, in the parking lot of the TABOO restaurant in the hotel zone of Tulum, two men were executed, the hitmen only needed a few seconds to empty their weapons and kill their victims, despite the security force operations, minutes later members of the National Guard, the Mexican army, and the municipal police arrived at the scene, but there were no arrests.

Source: Noticaribe