New environmental sanitation law tax begins collection for Soidaridad Mexico Playa del Carmen 

Solidaridad begins collecting new environmental sanitation tax

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The first day of October began the new collection of a tax on tourists visiting the municipality of Solidaridad. According to City Council, the new Environmental Sanitation Law tax, which was originally announced as being 20 peso per person, has been reduced to 10 peso per person for hotel bookings for the rest of this year. Starting next year, however, the original 20 peso per person fee will be charged. A trust for the new tourist tax was generated last month. City Council reports that…

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Puerto Morelos Margaritaville Riviera Maya hotel project rejected Mexico Puerto Morelos 

Puerto Morelos Margaritaville Riviera Maya hotel project rejected

Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — A hotel project proposed in May for the municipality of Puerto Morelos as been rejected by Semarnat. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) has announced the rejected project, Hotel Margaritaville Riviera Maya, that was proposed in May of this year for failing the Environmental Impact Statement. The 357-room resort was proposed to the Ministry of Environment by the company Xey Inmobiliaria, who were hoping to break into the Mexico Riviera Maya market with their popular American hotel chain, Margaritaville. According to CEO John Cohlan, the company is…

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Proposal for new underwater sculpture gallery for Costa National Park Cancun Mexico 

Proposal for new Costa Park underwater gallery

Cancun, Q.R. — A new underwater sculpture gallery has been proposed for the Costa Occidental National Park. The proposal has been set for El Parque Nacional Costa Occidental of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancún and Punta Nizuc where the Nautical Association of Quintana Roo is hoping to create a new reef area. The area they want to populate with sculptures is 500 meters in length and about 140 meters wide outside of the Natural Protected Area. Ivan Ferrat Mancera, president of the Nautical Association, says that it will be easy for the new…

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Tourism entrepreneurs say no new air, hotel tax proposals Business Cancun Mexico 

Tourism business sector says no to air, hotel tax

Cancun, Q.R. — A recently proposed air tax for tourists arriving into Mexico has been rejected by tourism heads in the state of Quintana Roo. The National Business Tourism Council (CNET) made the $20 USD air tax proposal in June saying that the state of Quintana Roo should be the first to test the tax since they receive the highest number of foreign visitors. The tourism business sector of Quintana Roo expressed the rejection of any new tax that the authorities intend to implement, particularly the $20 USD air tax recently proposed by the…

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Death toll rises, donation centers open around country Mexico Playa del Carmen 

Death toll rises, donation centers open around country

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — With the death toll now at 250, donations have begun pouring in from all around the world to help those affected by the September 19 earthquake. President Enrique Peña Nieto has publicly acknowledged the generosity of the people of Mexico who continue to send food. Hundreds of collection centers have been set up throughout the country. During a message to the media, Peña Nieto said that he has accepted technical assistance from Spain, the United States, Israel, Japan and other regions of Latin America that “have proven experience…

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cozumel mexico news Cozumel Mexico 

Unscheduled cruise ships continue to arrive Cozumel

Cozumel, Q.R. — Over the last two weeks, more than a dozen unexpected cruise ships have made their way to the island of Cozumel to wait out bad weather. Alicia Ricalde Magaña, director general of the Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo), says that for the days of September 10 to 17, seven more cruise ships have requested unscheduled docking privileges on the island due to recent hurricane activity. She also noted that during that previous week though, four cruise ships meant to dock Cozumel were forced to cancel…

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playa del carmen mexico news Mexico Playa del Carmen 

Playa’s old swimming buoys now city rubbish bins

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Some of Playa del Carmen’s old swimming buoys are being refurbished as city garbage cans. About 40 buoys that were once used for the safe beach program have been collected and remodeled so they can be used as city garbage cans since the buoys can no longer be used in swimming areas. The old buoys required a little remodeling as Hugo Uribe Nicolás, director of the Federal Maritime Zone (Zofemat) explained. He said the cylinders are approximately one meter in length and that the very thick, durable plastic had to be cut…

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Mccaw population nearly doubles thanks to program Around Mexico Mexico Riviera Maya News 

Mccaw population nearly doubles thanks to program

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Thanks to a wildlife program at Xcaret, Mexico has seen the population of the Scarlet Macaw nearly double. Rodolfo Raigoza Figueras, Director of Conservation of Xcaret says that a reintroduction program by the facility has seen a significant increase in the Scarlet Macaw population in the jungles of Mexico. He says in particular, the species has nearly doubled in the areas of Chiapas and Veracruz. He explained that in 2013, they had 250 Scarlet Macaws that lived in those areas but since then, the facility at Xcaret has added…

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