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This month, Mexico’s capital, Mexico City, became the latest city to announce plans to shut down all its hotels, prompting the country’s largest hotel operator to say the move was necessary to avoid a crisis.
In a letter to hotels across Mexico, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said the city will stop renting its luxury hotels, and instead let them be leased out to hotel owners.
“This is the only option to protect the integrity of the hotel sector,” Peña told hotel owners in a letter released Thursday.
The city’s mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz, said the decision was prompted by a spike in the number of people staying in hotels, with some saying they were forced to spend hours in rooms in which they did not belong, and others who had been staying in the same hotel for months and were being evicted.
But other hotels said they had found ways around the restrictions.
La Villa Rosa, a popular Mexican destination that has hosted some of the world’s richest and most popular celebrities, has announced plans to open a hotel that will rent rooms to guests who are not from Mexico.
It also said it will allow the city’s wealthy to stay in rooms they have owned for years, without having to move out of their homes.
A spokesman for the city of Cancun, which has a population of more than 200 million, said it would continue to allow its hotels to remain open to guests.
“We are trying to help people stay in their homes, and we are not letting them leave,” said Roberto de la Cruz, the city council’s chief of staff.
Meanwhile, the Mexican government has launched a major campaign to discourage hotel use.
Officials have warned that if hotel owners do not comply, they could face legal consequences.
One of the top hotel owners, Jose Antonio Villanueva, told a conference in March that he had decided to shut the city down for good, because he does not want to “make a mockery” of his name.