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News for the Week of October 5, 2015

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Cozumel Arrivals: 14 Ships this Week
10/04 - Numbers improve a bit this week in Cozumel as cruise ship arrivals rise to 14 ships registered to dock for the first week of October 2015. This is 2 more than the number of ships last week and 6 less than the "20 in port" which marks a "high season." As low season begins to wind down, an estimated 42,000 people will visit Cozumel this week via these cruise ships leaving an estimated US$ 3.4 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 10 ships dock there, 2 ships will dock at TMM/SSA International pier while Punta Langosta pier will see 2 arrivals and the downtown San Miguel pier will have -0- arrivals with passengers tendering in.

This week begins with 3 ships docking on Monday, 4 on Tuesday, 1 ship Wednesday, 3 on Thursday, 1 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
Annual FCCA Convention in Cozumel This Week
From Oct 5th through 9th Cozumel will host the XXII Annual Cruise Ship Convention of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA). Municipal authorities pointed out that this will be beneficial for the promotion of our island as a travel destination.

According to a bulletin, this Convention will be attended by over 1,000 people of cruise ships, shipping lines, service providers of different parts of the world who arrive to Cozumel and put the Island in the eyes of the world. The municipal President, Fredy Marrufo Martín, said that the event will be the ideal opportunity to show the nature, services and attractions that Cozumel has to offer.
Cozumel Promoted at International Tourism Fairs
The director of the Association of Hotels of Cozumel (AHC) is catapulting the promotion of this destination recognized as brand “Cozumel” through their Autumn-Winter campaign at the “MLT University” Expo in Minneapolis, Minnesota as well as the “Cancun Travel Mart” and the “International Tourism & Travel Fair” in Montreal.

This was confirmed by the Manager of the Hotel Guild, Isela Valenzuela Jiménez, who was present in the city of Minneapolis, and that she is trying to maintain interest the Cozumel-Riviera Maya tourism promotion and spread the word about tourist services that are provided in the State. Valenzuela Jimenez, said that "this is intended to promote the autumn-winter season holiday packages since the summer season is over”. The official admits that this summer season did not leave a good taste in our mouths.

The representation of the AHC attended to over 500 travel agents affiliated with MLT wholesalers, who promoted the "MLT University", where competition has been significant. Any time agents promote various destinations in Mexico, she said, the offer that seems the most attractive is working with partnerships with the trust to promote its associate hotels.

Valenzuela Jiménez stressed that one of the main tasks in this participation has been keeping the promotion of the new image of the Island, saying that "there are people who love diving, sports, the world of nature and the rich historic culture , but there is another sector seeking more wedding or romantic tourism and we can offer that since Cozumel is quiet and safe".

The " International Tourism and Travel Fair” of Montreal", will take place in the Plaza Buenavista, highlighting that this event is focused on the tourism industry such as travel agents and the public in general where possible guests come in search of choosing the destination or package more attractive for their next vacation.
Local Restaurants Provide Braille Menus
The system for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF) of Cozumel, chaired by Gina Ruiz de Marrufo, continues with the work of making this destination an island accessible for people with visual disabilities by providing Braille menus at three restaurants in the city.

The General Director of the DIF system in Cozumel, Víctor Hugo Venegas Molina, accompanied by the Coordinator for the Inclusion of the People with Disability, Abner Castañeda Garcia, gave the menus in Braille to José Eduardo Álvarez Rosas and Lisa Anne Ramírez, owners of the Rock n´Java, Tex Mex and Noodle Bar restaurants. Víctor Hugo Venegas Molina thanked the restaurant owners in joining a new culture towards disabled people, giving an added value to Cozumel as a tourist destination.

Last year the Cozumel Palace Hotel issued the first room service menu translated into Braille for persons with visual disabilities.
National Congress for the Conservation of Wildlife
The Asociación de Zoológicos, Criaderos and Aquariums of Mexico A.C. (Azcarm) will bring, for the second time in five years, its Azcarm Congress to the Riviera Maya where there will be conferences and round tables, focused to improve the conservation of wildlife based on scientific information and environmental education.

Claudia Liliana López, a Zootechnician and Operational Manager of Animal Park, (which will host the event), reported that the Congress will be held from October 20th to 24th and is aimed at veterinarians, scientists, biologists, coaches and students or anyone with animal contact, but the general public is also invited. "The theme of the Congress is the adaptation of aquariums and zoos to a friendly and modern environment. We need to adapt to modern times now with more awareness in our way of thinking. We need to show that even though animals are in captivity is important to guard their preservation ", said the specialist. She added that these meetings seek to better communication techniques so that society approaches wildlife with a better interpretation of what their captivity represents, and see it even as a source of scientific knowledge.

This will be the second occasion in which Azcarm held its national meeting in the Riviera Maya, the other occasion was in 2011 when they reached representatives of 35 zoos, but on this occasion they expect at least 100 attendees among directors of zoos, biologists, veterinarians, marine biologists, zootechnical and representatives of the governmental sector.

Among the issues that will be discussed on Animal Park during the Congress is animal nutrition, animal welfare in captivity, enrichment of the environment for good physical and mental health of the animals, among others. There will be speakers from different countries who will give lectures and are specialists dedicated to do outreach work and wildlife research.
Travel Blogger Experiences the Beauty of Cozumel
The Cozumel and Riviera Maya Tourism Promotion Trust joined forces to boost the promotion of the Island through the program "Traveling with Diego", which airs on a channel aimed at active travelers who are looking for alternative destinations.

According to the release, Juan González Castelán, Director of Tourism, reported that Diego Pons Cristiani arrived to the Island and through his website, has promoted various tourist destinations, and is a landmark for tourists who are looking for new attractions to visit. Diego Pons arrived to the destination to visit places such as 'Passion Island" (located to the North of Cozumel) where he enjoyed the natural landscapes, then he went to "Sting Ray Beach" where he experienced an adventure of coexistence with the manta rays.

The traveller then took a tour on horseback by a well-known beach club along the white sands leading to the Caribbean Sea and on to a ride in a Jet-Ski. He also visited “Chankanaab" National Park to see the famous lagoon and swim in the warm waters of this place that boasts unique coral formations, then he moved on to visit the popular starfish beach “El Cielo”.

His next stop was Eco park “Punta Sur” with its incomparable Colombia Lagoon surrounded by jungle, mangroves and beaches with white sand where he lived a very emotional moment with the release of turtles. “A truly incomparable experience”, stated the blogger.

Diego Pons also saw the first underwater oxygen bar in Cozumel, in addition to practicing fly board (a sport where a table with water propulsion is used). The famous blogger delighted the local cuisine with a diverse menu of restaurants such as: Jacinta, Sancho’s Beach Club, Sunset Beach, and La Perlita.
"Tequila" A Cure For Osteoporosis
One of the main parts of holiday festivities is “Tequila” a drink representative of Mexico and whose consumption is increasingly important in Quintana Roo. Tequila is obtained from one of the most identified plants in the country: the agave plant.

On September 15th when Mexicans celebrate Independence Day, the sale of Tequila in the state of Quintana Roo reaches 15% higher than the rest of the year. This was explained by Miguel Angel Aznar, President of the Union of Merchants on Beers, Wines and Spirits. He pointed out that the Cinvestav Unidad Irapuato researchers have identified substances obtained from the blue variety of the agave “Tequilana Weber” that it improves the absorption of calcium and magnesium, minerals essential for bone health and therefore they represent an alternative in the treatment of osteoporosis.

The expert stated that according to a statement, the consumption of the fructans in collaboration with a proper gut flora contributes to the generation of new bone mass, despite the presence of osteoporosis. From an experiment with animals, it has been proven that after ingestion of fructans of agave Tequilana Weber, the diameter of the bones of rodents is greater compared to those who are not supplied derivatives of agave. A member of the national system of researchers mentioned that these results open the possibility of generating an alternative in the treatment of osteoporosis. According to the latest statistics from the International Osteoporosis Foundation, this problem affects 200 million women around the world and that it is estimated that one of every five adult men over the age of 50, suffer fractures related to disease.

López Pérez will conduct clinical studies to verify that the fructans may be used in the treatment for osteoporosis, for which he has already applied for a patent at the national level that would allow him to use them for this purpose.
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May 5, 2015 (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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