Cancun (Spanish pronunciation: [kaŋˈkun]) is a city of international tourism development certified by the UNWTO (World Tourism Organization). Located on the northeast coast of Quintana Roo in southern Mexico, more than 1,700 km from Mexico City, the Project began operations in 1974 as Integrally Planned Center, a pioneer of FONATUR (Fondo Nacional de Fomento al Turismo, National Fund for Tourism Development), formerly known as INFRATUR.
Since then, it has undergone a comprehensive transformation from being a fisherman's island surrounded by virgin forest and unknown shores to being one of the two most renowned Mexican resorts, along with Acapulco. Politically, it is the county seat of Benito Juárez municipality (county), in the state of Quintana Roo. The World Tourism Organization (WTO), through its foundation UNWTO-Themis, awarded the Best of the Best "for excellence and good governance" to the Trust for Tourism Promotion of Cancun on February 3, 2007. This gave Cancun the support of the Department of Education and Knowledge Management of the WTO.