A bit of history about Cancun
Four decades ago, Cancun was a desert island and few knew of its existence, it consisted of a series of sand dunes, separated from the mainland by two narrow channels. Its coastline was made up of swamps, mangroves, virgin forest, and unexplored beaches. Its original name, Kankun, means "pot of snakes" or "nest of snakes" in Mayan. Cancún was selected by the Mexican Government in the seventies as Mexico’s new holiday focal point, imagined as an alternative to Acapulco, handpicked because it had good weather year-round, blue seas, white sand beaches and located near great archeological Mayan treasures. The first hotels opened in 1974; the international airport was inaugurated with 2,600 meters of runway and operating capacity for wide-cabin airplanes. The government agencies Infratur and Foqatur merged to form the National Foundation for the Promotion of Tourism, Fonatur.