FEBRUARY 1st IS THE OFFICIALLY APPROVED DATE FOR THE KICK OFF OF THE NEW TIME ZONE FOR QUINTANA ROO, CANCUN, RIVIERA MAYA, PLAYA DEL CARMEN AND TULUM.
The new time zone set to kick in at 2am this comming February 1st 2015 has received immediate reactions on social media. Many are in favor, while many claim that the change favors the state’s tourists above the real needs of the local population.
While the ruling doesn’t specify certain areas of the state, Governor Roberto Borge Angulo confirms that the new time zone will only apply to the municipalities of Isla Mujeres, Lazaro Cadenas, Benito Juarez (Cancun and Puerto Morelos area), Cozumel, Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen area) and Tulum; these are typically the areas that receive the most international tourists. Meanwhile, the municipalities of Jose Maria Morelos, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Bacalar and Othon P. Blanco will remain in the previous time zone.
With this new time zone, the state hopes to increase and streamline tourist activity in the state of Quintana Roo, and take full advantage of daylight hours for destinations like Cancun and the Riviera Maya.