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News for the Week of July 6, 2015

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Cozumel Arrivals: 12 Ships this Week
7/05 - Numbers fall lower this week in Cozumel as cruise ship arrivals show 12 ships registered to dock for the first week of July 2015. This is 4 less than the number of ships last week and 8 less than the "20 in port" which marks a "high season." With low season underway, an estimated 36,000 people will visit Cozumel this week via these cruise ships leaving an estimated US$ 2.9 million dollars behind in the local economy.

High season for cruise ship arrivals typically runs from November 15 - April 15 each year with the remaining 7 months of the year considered "low season."

This week Puerta Maya pier will be the big economic winner as 8 ships dock there, only 4 ships will dock at TMM/SSA International pier while Punta Langosta pier will see -0- arrivals and the downtown San Miguel pier will have -0- arrivals with passengers tendering in.

This week begins with 1 ship docking on Monday, 3 on Tuesday, 1 ship Wednesday, 3 on Thursday, 2 on Friday and then Saturday will bring 2 ships in port and Sunday will see -0- ships in port.

View the Cruise Ship Calendar for this Week
Lobster Season Officially Opens
Wednesday July 1 saw the opening of the 2015 Lobster season. 19 fishing associates in the State have permission to catch lobster, whose product is the most precious for the sector in the State of Quintana Roo and this year they have good expectations. The season will run through until February of 2016.

Baltazar Gómez Catzín, President of the Regional Federation of Societies of Fisheries production in the State of Quintana Roo, stated: “the expectations that we have are very good because we wish to overcome the 230 tons of product that was registered last year". Based on the information that was provided in the fisheries group, last season they failed reach the goal which was 350 tons of lobster due to various phenomena which caused fishermen to stop their activities for security reasons. He said that there is hope to capture at least 250 tons of live lobster and some 150 tails of the crustacean.
Visiting Artists to Paint Murals of Cozumel
With the idea of creating awareness about the living oceans of Mexico, 29 National and International artists will attend the Festival: “Murals for the Oceans”, on the island of the swallows.

Created by the international organization PangeaSeed, the urban art project intends to attract people to revel in the murals reflecting the beauty and promoting the care of the Mexican Caribbean. Connecting the seas and oceans with people is the motive that drives this festival which has been carried out in Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Holbox in past years and now for the first time in Cozumel. The event runs from July 17th through 26th with the painted murals to be placed along the Island of Cozumel. Participating artists will visit from New Orleans, Japan, Spain, Australia, United States and Mexico.

Cancun murals are located on the first kilometers of the Boulevard Kukulcan in the hotel zone. Comes to Mexico
After weeks of rumors in e-commerce circles in Mexico, the online retail giant Amazon may soon expand its presence here beyond e-books and Kindle readers. The company will hold a press conference next week in Mexico City, where it is expected to announce the launch of a new online store along the lines of its U.S. site, selling everything from electronics to household appliances. Analysts say Amazon’s arrival in Mexico could serve to revolutionize some aspects of the e-commerce sector such as rapid electronic payments in a country where this is still not top notch.

Improvements in those areas could help detonate the growth of e-commerce. Amazon has raised the bar in the market for Internet purchases by controlling, in a massive way, the delivery times of its products and its customer service. “It has a clear determination to meet the demands of consumers. The company, which enjoys about 20% of Internet–based sales in the U.S., is known to invest heavily in customer service, for which it is prepared to lose money. Mexico is not a highly-developed market for Internet sales. In the long run what this all boils down to is good news for consumers. They will have better prices, better selection, better delivery and better service,” says Michelle Grant of the consultancy Euromonitor. “Amazon is one of those companies that have a strong commitment to its customers . . . .It operates with a long-term vision and it’s clear that making a profit for its investors is not important", she said.
Motorists Endanger Local Wildlife
Both the Federal highway and the State road that runs through the reserve of the biosphere of Sian Ka´an represent a danger for the species of cats that live there due to the heavy traffic. In the area of Sian Ka´an, caravans of tourist vehicles ravage what they find in their path. Recently a tapir was found wounded, reported Efraín Alavez Huerta, Director of Municipal Ecology.

The area between Akumal and Xcacel is monitored with video cameras, which allows us to observe big cats like the jaguars in that area. A specialist invited to the sessions for the preparation of the program of Local Ecological System (POEL) estimated that there is a population of approximately 300 Jaguars between Akumal and the portion South of Quintana Roo, said Alavez Huerta. "Death of a tapir of about 300 kilos was reported last month due to the traffic of caravans traveling at high speeds as they enter the reserve of Sian Ka´an. They do not give any opportunity to the animals," he added.

The Sian Ka´an Biosphere has been working on signage and it has been proposed that the Direction of Transit sanction vehicles that travel at high speed via Tulum-Boca Paila, as a measure to reduce the mortality of animals caused by drivers.
Changes for Street Vendors in "Parque Benito Juarez"
With the remodeling that was done in the Benito Juárez Park, retailers may not be permitted to return to the area where they were previously working. The city would like to keep the area free in the main square so that it may contribute to the good image of the Island.

The director of economic development, Adrián Alcrereca Balmes, said that they are in the process of studying the areas that would be allocated for the installation of street vendors. "We are coming to an agreement with these people to make the best decision on this issue". He explained that after speaking with the merchants, the most important topic was the first image of the city. The official commented that they also discussed the possibility that sellers will be in uniform, so that they could present a better image.

"We are looking for the best arrangement so that merchants are happy and we reach something reasonable. In the next few days we should reach an agreement which will be targeted to benefit both vendors that have been in the main park for many years as to the urban image of the island", commented the official.
Cancun : A Leader in International Social Networking
Cancun sits atop the list of international leadership in the transmission of data over the Internet and Social Networks given to the fact of the enormous number of tourists who vacation there. Specialists and technology consultants of Mexico stated that nine out of every ten people in Mexico use some kind of social network and that 98% of the companies at the international level use this electronic broker for consultations, shopping, the branding of products and other operations. Specialists estimate that in Mexico, 45 million people use any form of social networking, which makes this the best tool for the window of broadcasting.

Referring to Cancun, specifically, given its nature of tourism, it is an attractor of international brands seeking to settle in Cancun and the presence of international companies operating in the region.

The use of social networks has become the main means of communication and considered that if you are not in the network, you do not exist. This tool has become a priority for business.
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December 24, 2014 (Most Recent) Comprehensive Mexico Travel Warning
Because we are continually asked about travel safety in Mexico and Cozumel, INSIDER always maintains the most recent, complete version of the U.S. State Department Mexico Travel Warning HERE on our website for traveler convenience.

The good news continues to be that there are currently no regional security warnings in place that cover Quintana Roo, Cancun, Cozumel or Costa Maya so make vacation plans now to get here for some fun in the sun!

The Mexico Travel Warning dated December 24, 2014 from the Department of State can also be viewed in its entirety on the Department of State website.

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