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Newspaper reports have revealed details of the proposed new Tulum airport, on the Riviera Maya near Cozumel, including the date the project will be put out to tender.

Local politicians have described the project as an "economic trigger" for the development of tourism on the mainland.

A source at the Mexican Government's Secretary for Communications and Transport (SCT) told Reuters news agency last week that November 9, 2009, "is the latest date" for publishing the terms of the auction, although other reports suggested a delay could still be possible.

In a separate article just days later by Mexico City's Excelsior newspaper, details were revealed for the project from a SCT document the daily said it had seen.

According to the document, said Excelsior, current investment in Riviera Maya hotel and resort projects could lead to the creation of 2,800 direct jobs per year and the number of visitors to the Riviera Maya could reach 17.9 million tourists in 2025.

The paper went on to quote technical details for the new Riviera Maya international airport in Tulum from the government's agency for Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA).

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