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It will be light later in Quintana Roo

New time zone will be equivalent of U.S. Eastern Time

The southeastern state of Quintana Roo is one step closer to changing its clocks following a vote yesterday by the federal Chamber of Deputies.

The Southeastern Time Zone, already approved by the Senate, will result in clocks being moved ahead by one hour, a change intended to improve the state’s competitiveness in the tourist industry. The zone will be the equivalent of United States Eastern Time.

Quintana Roo boasts Cancún, Playa del Carmen, Tulúm and Isla Mujeres as important tourist destinations. They will be in the same time zone as the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica and Puerto Rico once the law takes effect, which requires only presidential approval.

The change will also improve airline connectivity with various cities in North America, the Caribbean, and Central and South America, but particularly some in the U.S., such as Chicago, Atlanta, New York and Miami.

Significant energy savings are expected at the airports at Cancún and Cozumel as a result.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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