Two visitors to Playa del Carmen die from gas explosion Mexico Playa del Carmen 

Two visitors to Playa del Carmen die from gas explosion

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — UPDATED: Two Argentinian tourists who received burns from a gas explosion Friday have died. The two women, identified as 31-year-old Vanesa Diaz and 29-year-old Nadia Urbizaglia, died Saturday from the injuries they sustained in a gas explosion. The two women, who were visitors to the area, had been renting a vacation apartment in the city’s center since October 17. The explosion inside the apartment occurred at 7:00 a.m. Friday when authorities were called to 20th Street in the city’s hub. Firefighters arrived on scene to put…

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60 sick cats removed from animal shelter Cancun Mexico 

Dozens of sick, malnourished cats rescued from Cancun animal shelter

Cancun, Q.R. — An animal shelter in Cancun has been closed by state officials after they discovered dozens of sick, malnourished animals. Nearly 60 cats were found sick and malnourished when city animal rescue officials entered the premises on North Street in Mza. 27. Inside the shelter, Gattocat, animal rescue found cats being held in an unhealthy environment, with some being found dead but not removed from the premises. Agents from Coco’s Animal Welfare as well as the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) participated in the rescue operation where some…

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Airbnb begins paying three percent tax agreement with state Cancun Mexico 

Airbnb begins paying three percent tax agreement with state

Cancun, Q.R. — Airbnb is officially paying 3 percent of its earning in taxes to the state of Quintana Roo. As per an agreement made in August, the state and the online reservation company came to an agreement to pay a 3 percent tax on profits to the state beginning October 1. Through the agreement, Airbnb will folk over approximately 18 million peso per year to the state in taxes. The contract was put into place between the Ministry of Finance and Planning and the individuals or companies that provide the…

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Cozumel takes hit as cruise ships cancel due to bad weather Mexico Travel 

Cozumel takes hit as cruise ships cancel due to Nate

Cozumel, Q.R. — Cozumel will likely feel a hit this week as seven scheduled cruise ships change route due to Nate. Due to Hurricane Nate, several cruise ships were forced to change routes this past week as the storm made its way across Caribbean waters, causing cruise ships to eliminate Cozumel from its itinerary. The director general of the Port Administration of Quintana Roo reported that of the 25 cruises ships scheduled to arrive in Cozumel between October 2 to 8, only 18 will dock. While two ships will make port Saturday, five ships canceled…

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Eight days of planned strikes called off by Thomas Cook pilots Travel 

Eight days of planned strikes called off by Thomas Cook pilots

Eight days of strikes had been originally planned for the month of October but have since been called off by the pilots of Thomas Cook. According to the Balpa Union, pilots with Thomas Cook have agreed to enter binding arbitration in an attempt to resolve their current pay dispute. The union says that the first strike, which was planned for October 6, has been called off. Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton says, “I am pleased that we have been able to find a peaceful way of resolving the pilots’ pay dispute without…

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New Maya Park in Cancun Hotel Zone sets opening date Cancun Mexico 

New Maya Park in Cancun Hotel Zone sets opening date

Cancun, Q.R. — A new Mayan Park attraction is set to open in the Cancun Hotel Zone early next year. The new park, which is being constructed in Kilometer 16 of the hotel zone, is nearing completion and expected to open mid-January. Mayan Park project leader Francisco Córdova Lira says the park will be completed on time and will begin operating next year. “We are on time and on November 30th it will be finished to start operating in 2018. It will be in October when the promotion of the park begins,” he said….

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Man who harpooned dog gets community service working with dogs Mexico Playa del Carmen 

Man who harpooned dog gets community service working with dogs

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A man who harpooned a dog to death in a residential area of Playa del Carmen earlier this summer has been sentenced to community service working with dogs. Perla Rocha of the Municipal of Solidaridad said that since the man cannot be sanctioned, he has been sentenced to two months of community service working with the dogs at the city’s Animal Welfare Center (Cebiam). Photos of the man who harpooned Bobby the dog went viral earlier this summer raising a lot of questions about the rights…

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Around Mexico Mexico Travel 

Tourism Council of Mexico says tourists still welcome

Mexico City, Mexico — An official announcement has been released by the Tourism Promotion Council of Mexico explaining that tourist are welcome in the cities affected by the earthquakes and continuing to arrive is the best way to help. They say that four hours after the earthquake hit Mexico City, the Benito Juarez International Airport was up and running normally. In their statement, the tourism council says, “According to the latest reports, several areas in Puebla, Morelos and Mexico City have been affected. The tourist attractions remain operative in these destinations. The…

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