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Tulum’s Growth Demands Immediate Infrastructure and Workforce Boost

As Tulum continues to grow, there's a pressing need to expand its workforce, particularly in the tourism and telecommunications sectors. This is crucial to meet the increasing demand from the municipality. Carla Patricia Andrade Piedra, head of the Tulum Hotel Association, stresses the importance of preparing the municipality to handle the projected influx of tourists through the "Felipe Carrillo Puerto" International Airport.

Beyond improving mobility, Andrade Piedra highlights the need to address other critical issues such as electricity and potable water supply. Over time, the demand for specialized labor will also rise. "We will need more people skilled in airport operations, tourism transport, and similar fields. This growth will necessitate more housing, education, healthcare, and other basic needs," she said.

Despite the pandemic, hotels in Tulum, like those in Cancun, have not been able to fill all job positions. Currently, they are operating with 80% of the workforce. This is particularly noticeable in all-inclusive hotels, where staff turnover is lower. To address this, hotels have started recruiting from nearby Mayan communities, offering job vacancies in areas such as Macario Gomez, Francisco Uh May, and San Silverio. These locations are particularly targeted at young people interested in professional internships.

Andrade Piedra also noted the central location of Tulum's Airport benefits not only the municipality but also the south and center of the state, from Felipe Carrillo Puerto to Chetumal. She added, "We're beginning to see the benefits of growth. However, we need more time and data to compare with previous years. We're just starting to generate real statistics that aren't influenced by the post-pandemic impact."