More than 180 flights canceled due to earthquake Cancun Mexico Mexico City Travel 

More than 180 flights canceled due to earthquake

Cancun, Q.R. — Nearly 200 flights have been delayed or canceled due to Tuesday’s earthquake in Mexico City. Tuesday’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City has so far, caused the cancellation of more than 180 flights at the International Airport of Mexico City (AICM). Of these flights, at least 11 involved flights to and from the capital city to Cancun. The Mexico City Benito Juarez airport suffered extensive damage as a street around the airport was split open. Inside the airport, automatic doors stopped working due to heaved pavement, while inside,…

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New tourist air tax for those arriving into Mexico Cancun Mexico Travel 

New tourist air tax for those arriving into Mexico

Cancún, Q.R. — A new tourist tax proposal for those arriving into Mexico by air will benefit the state of Quintana Roo, says the Consejo Nacional Empresarial Turístico (CNET). The proposal for the collection of a new $20 tax for the use of tourism infrastructure was created by National Business Tourism Council (CNET) and taken over by the Federal Ministry of Tourism, which proposes that Quintana Roo be the first state to apply the new tax. José Chapur Zahoul, vice president of CNET says that the $20 USD tax imposed on foreign travelers visiting Mexico by air…

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Hotel Palace Costa Mujeres approved for construction Cancun Mexico 

Isla Mujeres Hotel Palace Costa Mujeres approved for construction

Cancún, Q. R. – A new hotel set for construction in the municipality of Isla Mujeres has been given the go-ahead. The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) gave the green light to the project Hotel Palace Costa Mujeres, a 670-room complex that will be built on the mainland of Isla Mujeres with an investment of 385 million pesos. The hotel will have various customer service areas, restaurants, bars, communal areas for guests, rest and recreation areas for the tourist’s stay in the hotel. It will be located within the mega-complex Costa…

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Demand for whale shark tours down as season ends Cancun Mexico 

Demand for whale shark tours down as season ends

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Whale shark guides say the demand for tours was down this year as the official season has come to an end. After four months, whale shark season has come to an end for the 250 registered boats from the north of Quintana Roo. Boats from Isla Mujeres, Holbox and Cancun are granted permits each year to run tours of the large fish that take to the local water each summer. Port Captain of Isla Mujeres, Ismael Gonzalez Gil says that the whale shark season this year was 112 days, eight…

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Proposed fish refuge project could see end to poaching Cancun Mexico 

Proposed fish refuge project could see end to poaching

Cancun, Q.R. — A new project that would see a fish refuge installed in the state has been presented to government officials. National Commission for Natural Protected Areas (Conanp) is hoping to get approval to create a fish refuge on Nizuc Canal. The project, which would cover just over 81,000 square meters, would be between Cancun and Isla Mujeres with intentions to help curb over fishing and poaching. Arturo González González, head of the National Marine Park Costa Occidental Isla Women, Punta Cancun de la Conanp, explained that the project was…

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Dolphin swim requests in Europe down, Mexico up Cancun Mexico 

Approximately 600,000 a year swim with dolphins in Mexico

Cancun, Q.R. — Local tour operators who handle European travel say that this year, they no longer promote activities involving animals since the European market is sensitive to the subject. Sergio Gonzalez Rubiera, president of the Mexican Association of Travel Agencies (AMAV), says that those traveling to Europe are no longer interested in activities or any animal interactions where they feel the animals can be harmed. He notes that this year, the request for swimming with dolphins in Europe is down 5 percent explaining that this is the only market…

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32 Cancun Hotel Zone clubs fined for serving minors Cancun Mexico 

32 Cancun Hotel Zone clubs fined for serving minors

Cancun, Q.R. — A total of 32 establishments have been either closed or fined in the Cancun Hotel Zone for serving alcohol to minors, a problem that continues to grow. Benito Juárez Director of Inspection, Eduardo Mariscal de la Selva, said that already this year they have found more than 50,000 under aged children either inside or trying to enter Cancun Hotel Zone establishments. He explained that the under aged kids try to get into restaurants, bars and nightclubs where they are likely to be served alcohol. He says that during…

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ATM not dispensing requested cash is biggest consumer complaint Cancun Mexico 

ATM not dispensing requested cash is biggest consumer complaint

Cancun, Q.R. — ATM consumer complaints continue to rise with many saying they did not receive the amount of cash requested. Nearly 40 percent of ATM complaints involve getting less cash-back then requested from the machine, even though the requested amount was debited from the account. Juan Bosco García Galán, Southeast Regional Delegate of the National Commission for the Protection and Defense of Users of Financial Services (Condusef), says that these figures reflect only the first quarter of the year with more than 109,000 complaints. “During the first quarter of…

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