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April 24, 2010

Cancun Celebrates Its 40th

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Cancun, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

Throughout its 40 years of existence, Cancun has always given its visitors a unique experience. Whether you’re swimming in the Caribbean’s turquoise waters, getting an adrenaline rush on a zip line through the jungle, discovering mystic, Mayan communities, enjoying top notch shopping, delighting your taste buds in Cancun’s varied gastronomic offering, witnessing extravagant animals in their natural habitat or like today, visiting the Treasures of the Caribbean- Cancun’s natural richness and uniqueness is sure to delight any visitor.

In 1967, Cancun’s territory was an uninhabited paradise made up of mangroves and unexplored beaches. Here is where a dream that would later be key to Mexico’s economical history surged: to transform the destination’s coast into a development specially made for tourism. This dream came true in 1970.

From the beginning, the Bank of Mexico’s projection for this idea was that the destination of Cancun would be a success. The project counted on support from other financial institutions, such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), who supported Cancun’s development from the start by granting investors with a large loan for the development of Cancun’s infrastructure. To celebrate this year, IDB named Cancun host for its Annual Reunion, its most significant institutional event.

Cancun is now visited by over 3 Million tourists per year, of which 65 percent are international visitors. To receive them, the destination has the second largest airport in the country. Over its 40 years, Cancun has grown to have 28,808 rooms distributed in 146 hotels that adapt to all kinds of travelers’ needs.

But, what’s the secret that has led it to reach this level? Undoubtedly, the ways that its own people help overcome obstacles, such as: Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, Hurricane Wilma in 2005, and the H1N1 Influenza in 2009. The warm and friendly characteristics of Cancun’s residents, keeps tourists coming back year after year to enjoy the destination’s high quality activities and services.

Cancun has hosted important meetings at a global level, such as the Rio Group’s Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean and this November, Cancun will also host the 16th Session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

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Cancun’s ongoing goal is to stay in constant transformation and always be on the front line of emerging tourism trends. The destination strives to continue to be a leader in Latin America and the Caribbean and to keep being the young, thriving city that competes in tourism with entire countries world wide.

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