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New Benito Juarez Municipal Government Environmental Fee for all Hotel & Resort Guests in Cancun

On March 1, 2019, the Benito Juarez Municipal Government began charging an environmental tax to all hotel and resort guests in Cancun.

It will apply to members and guests staying at Royal Resorts and in accordance with Municipal Finance Law, the Environmental Sanitation Fee that will be charged to your account at check out is as follows:

Room:  $25.35 pesos per night
Suite:   $25.35 pesos per night
Villa:    $50.70 pesos per night

This is the equivalent of just under US$19 for a week’s stay in a two-bedroom villa. This fee is not covered by the annual Club Service Fee for Royal Resorts members or by the REFINE All-Inclusive room rate.

What will the tax be used for?

The proceeds from this new Green Fee will be used to contribute to environmental protection and sanitation initiatives in Cancun, such as:

• Beach cleaning
• Water treatment
• Waste collection
• Reduction of carbon emissions by installing LED lighting in public areas
• Reef and wetland conservation
• Reforestation and other programs geared towards making Cancun a more sustainable destination

Why is it needed?

Cancun’s white sand beaches and coral reefs are world-famous and the jungles and wetlands of the Mexican Caribbean are home to rare species of birds and animals. Yet visitor numbers and population growth are outpacing public services and more action is needed to improve water treatment and waste management for the health of the environment and area ecosystems. The new Green Fee charged by the Benito Juarez Municipal Government will be used for such programs.

In the Riviera Maya, the Solidaridad Municipal Government began charging an Environmental Sanitation Fee to all hotel guests in Playa del Carmen and the surrounding area in the fall of 2017. The Puerto Morelos municipal government introduced a similar eco tax for hotel guests on January 1, 2019.

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