WIT Press


TOURISM CARRYING CAPACITY FOR BEACHES IN TULUM NATIONAL PARK, MEXICO

Price

Free (open access)

Volume

248

Pages

11

Page Range

191 - 201

Published

2020

Paper DOI

10.2495/ST200161

Copyright

Author(s)

MARÍA DENY D POOT QUINTAL, ROMANO G. SEGRADO PAVÓN

Abstract

The tourist use of natural spaces causes multiple, simultaneous, short and long term impacts on the environment, which is why it is necessary to establish limits of use, as in other social activities. The objective of the study was to establish the tourism carrying capacity of two beaches of Tulum National Park (TNP), which have ample tourist and recreational visitation. The multi-criteria method was carried out with a SWOT, satellite images, and interviews with key informants. As a result, it was determined that the maximum limit was 976 simultaneous users for the two most visited beaches of the TNP, Santa Fe and Pescadores, with four use zones with different densities. The public institutions will be able to design better strategies for the conservation of natural spaces and achieve greater satisfaction of the users of these natural spaces.

Keywords

tourism, carrying capacity, beaches, Tulum