Quintana Roo’s tourism ministry announced last week the MICE segment (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions) will have more capacity to operate: Open spaces will be allowed to operate at up to 50 percent capacity, while indoor venues will be allowed to operate at 30 percent, according to the maximum capacity of each venue.
This, the tourism ministry says, is thanks to the joint efforts of the entire tourism industry, including the MICE segment, which has worked hard to recover and increase the number of visitors and groups arriving to the Mexican Caribbean. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) health crisis, the state authorities of Quintana Roo, including the tourism board and the tourism sector, implemented strict hygiene and sanitation protocols to guarantee the health and well-being of all its citizens and visitors; from airports, ground transportation, hotels, restaurants, recreational centers, as well as exhibition and meeting venues.
The increased capacity for MICE update was conferred in accordance with the “Epidemiological State Traffic Light,” a state government strategy that considers two key factors for resumption of business and other public activity: the decrease in active cases of COVID-19 and the region’s medical and hospital capacity.
Quintana Roo governor Carlos Joaquín González noted that during the transition of colors in the gradual reopening strategy, the reactivation must be orderly and responsible, without relaxing health and hygiene measures in order to protect local citizens as well as travelers. Protecting the public’s health remains the top priority in this reopening strategy.
For the week of September 14, through Sunday, September 20, both the northern and southern regions of the state were in yellow color for tourism activities, as well, (according to the "traffic light system"), thus allowing for more reopening of public spaces. Destinations like Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Riviera Maya, Isla Mujeres, Costa Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Holbox and Bacalar allow now an occupancy of up to 60 percent in hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, theme parks, spas and golf courses, among other travel services and public spaces.