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News for the Week of May 23, 2016

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Cozumel Arrivals: 11 Ships this Week
5/21- Numbers plummet this week in Cozumel as cruise ship arrivals show 11 ships registered to dock for the fourth week of May 2016. This is 6 less than the number of ships last week and 9 less than the "20 in port" which marks a "high season" number. As the low season gets underway for 2016, an estimated 33,000 people will visit Cozumel this week via these cruise ships leaving an estimated US$ 2.6 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 host to 7 ships docking there, 3 ships will dock at TMM/SSA International pier while Punta Langosta pier will see 1 arrival and the downtown San Miguel pier will have -0- arrivals with passengers tendering in.

This week begins with 1 ship docking on Monday, -0- on Tuesday, 1 ship Wednesday, 4 on Thursday, 4 on Friday and then Saturday will bring 1 ship in port and Sunday will see -0- ships in port.

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10th Editition of the "Sacred Mayan Crossing" Completed
The 400 canoers who participated in the Mayan sacred crossing in its 10th edition arrived to Cozumel weary, sunburned and thirsty. This year’s crossing was complicated by strong wind and waves and the voyage took three hours more than normal. In some cases more than 10 of the canoes had to be towed as they were arriving at the Cove of Chankanaab. With all that said, the 10th edition of the "Travesía Sagrada Maya 2016", was successful.

After having rowed for over eight hours, the canoe with the Mayan number "10" was the first to arrive at the Cove of Chankanaab Park, followed by three canoes that entered the inlet to celebrate. The canoes were greeted by hundreds of Cozumeleñans and foreigners who watched the show, as well as more than 50 artists who performed the ritual of welcome personifying the priests. The Islanders enjoyed the sound and the rhythm of the drums along with dances, offerings, as well as the provision of food and liquids to the travelers. The original crossings took place in the year 1250 to 1519 (D.C.).

The return trip showed more favorable weather conditions in returning to Xcaret.
Endemic Birds Sacrificed in the Name of Science
A complaint from a local citizen alerted the staff of the branch of Ecology that a group of people captured birds in two different areas of the island. “It was discovered that it was specialists of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) that do not have environmental permits and they indiscriminately captured several species of birds, stated Rafael Chacón Diaz, Director of Ecology. The event was reported to the Federal Environmental Agency.

Rafael Chacón confirmed that last Monday afternoon , five researchers made a surprise visit to the group from the UNAM headed by Dr. Blanca Estela Hernandez Baños of the Faculty of Sciences of the Department of Evolutionary Biology , which had a camp at Rancho Chichihualco in the Northern part of the island. There he discovered several specimens already dead and pinned to wooden boards and others in plastic bags, as well as a net capture in which several were trapped.

Minutes later, he met with Blanca Hernandez and told her that she was committing a crime, because the species are protected and she caused their mortality. Chacon Diaz mentioned some of the species as the Yucatan woodpecker, Warblers bananaquits, the Yucatan Vireo, which are endemic species and cuasiendemicas.

In her defense, the UNAM researcher showed a document by the Secretariat for Management for Environmental Protection of the General Direction of Wildlife with the official registration number SGPA/DGVS/15247/15 dated December 16, 2015 indicating authorization for the collection of up to two copies per species of birds who are not at risk according to the Norma Official Mexicana NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 and which are not represented in the collection of birds the UNAM collected to perform genetic analyses and to keep as reference material. The document also indicates that these activities can be carried out throughout the national territory and is valid for one year.

Chacon Diaz gave notice to the Federal Attorney Protection to the Environment (Profepa) and the representation of the National Commission for Natural Protected Areas (Conanp). The UNAM Specialists left the island.
Cozumel, Location for a Reality Show
Cozumel was the location for the production of the Royal Crush of Awesome TV Network. The filming was for a reality show aimed at the youth audience in the United States, whose impact and significance will reach also national and foreign markets through YouTube and television.

Juan González Castelán, Municipal Tourism Director, explained that the production company contacted the authorities of local tourism to support the filming of this reality show, whose actors travel on board the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas, owned by the shipping company Royal Caribbean, covering a voyage with specific scheduled ports, documenting life on a cruise ship and filming the program in the main points of tourist interest in each of the destinations.

In Cozumel, the locations selected were the iconic sites of the city, such as Chankanaab and Punt Sur ecological parks as well as the Center of the city, Benito Juárez Park, and the handicraft market of Plaza del Sol. The results will hopefully promote Island tourism.

The actors are committed to go on their personal social networking accounts and post photographs and reviews during their travels. Tentatively the film material would be ready for public viewing via YouTube in a month, and during the month of September through television. No one knows the actual figure of the tele-crowd that will see the films but hopefully millions of people will look at this product of entertainment which is useful advertising for the island of Cozumel.
Satellite Buoy Launched in Brazil Found in Cozumel
A Satellite buoy was found among the kelp at “Punta Box’ on the eastern side of Cozumel. The satellite seems to have traveled 7,500 kilometers from Brazil and it has already been reported to the company “MetOcean” which owns the buoy, reported July Dzay Aguilar, Director of Zofemat Cozumel.

Finding of the satellite was coincidental on the day scheduled for cleaning sargasso from the beaches on the eastern part of the island. The buoy satellite of MetOcean, a Canadian manufacturer of programmed speed surface Drifters (iSVP) is the first of many drift product innovators for collecting scientific data.

These satellite buoys are used in the monitoring to detect temperature, system meteoroceanico, tide, current, and color of the sea. This system also collects historical information on quality, detects harmful algal (red tides) and pollution by oil and water.
911 as Emergency Number Put Into Effect
The emergency number 911 has entered into operation in the municipality of Cozumel as a channel to connect with relief bodies to the contingencies of security that people need at some point. Although at the moment this number links to 066, which is the other common emergency number. The official change will take place depending on what advanced is made stated Martin Guadalupe Estrada Sanchez, General Director of Public Security and Traffic. In the following months, a campaign will begin of eliminating the emergency number 066 for the more common 911. According to research, if the emergency 911 number is dialed, it will automatically link to 066.

It was last January when the State Secretary of Public Security, John Mercader Rodriguez announced that the change would take place. It was also was announced by the State official than this is a strategy for which this number, that was born in the United States, be used uniformly all over the world, which can report accidents, theft, injury, fire, health emergency and all kind of emergencies.

He added that Quintana Roo was selected as one of the eight States which would begin to use 911 then replicate it in the rest of the Mexican Republic.
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April 15, 2016 (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 LINK /traveladvisory 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 April 15, 2016 from the Department of State can also be viewed in its entirety on the Department of State website
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