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News for the Week of October 20, 2014

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Cozumel Arrivals: 18 Ships this Week
10/19 - Numbers begin to improve this week in Cozumel as cruise ship arrivals rise to 14 ships registered to dock for the third full week of October 2014. This is 4 more than the number of ships last week and 2 less than the "20 in port" which marks a "high season" beginning. With Fall well underway an estimated 54,000 people will visit Cozumel this week via these cruise ship leaving an estimated US$ 4.3 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."

Once again this week Puerta Maya pier will be the big economic winner as 9 ships dock at Puerta Maya, 4 will dock at TMM/SSA International pier while Punta Langosta pier will see 5 arrivals and the downtown San Miguel pier will have -0- ship arrivals.

This week begins with 4 ships docking on Monday, 3 on Tuesday, 0 ships Wednesday, 2 on Thursday, 4 on Friday and then Saturday will bring 5 ships in port and Sunday will see -0- ships.

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Illegal Extraction of Sand From the Eastern Coast
Sand has been illegally extracted from two dunes located along the old road of the Eastern area a few meters from the seaside resort Punta Morena. Traces left at the site show the passage of heavy machinery to remove the material and upload it to dump. It seems that this was carried out during the night when the road is closed off completely to the passage of all types of vehicles due to the continuing turtle nesting season. Public security keeps watch of the two access entries both South and North.

Punta Morena Beach is located almost two kilometers south of Mezcalitos and approximately 100 meters to the North were the two sand dunes. A significant amount of sand practically disappeared. All this took place in the course of last weekend with the support of machinery whose tread marks were still visible on the sand on the ground and even on the pavement of the road that is used as a cycle path.

People who pass through the site daily, indicated that the robbery occurred at night, since during the day they noticed the difference in the appearance of the dunes considered to be within the conservation protection program of Local ecological system (POEL).

One of the dunes measuring approximately 18 meters long by a meter and a half high, and the other around 15 meters long was completely gone. On the other side of these dunes is a beach which currently has several marked turtle nests that have been haching during this nesting season.

What is unusual is that from 6 pm daily, public security patrols the road and places traffic filters at the entrance to Mezcalitos on the North and on the South at the end by the Iberostar hotel. From those points no one has access to pass. At this moment the site where the sand was deposited is unknown.
Consumer Protection Agency Suspends 15 Jewelry Stores
In the delegation in Quintana Roo, the Procuraduría Federal de Protección consumer (PROFECOD), placed seals of suspension to 15 silver jewelry stores in Cozumel as a result of the recent operations that have taken place in the past few weeks. A delegate from the State, Sara Ruiz Chávez, noted that more than 11,000 pieces of jewelry were immobilized and in addition, they suspended operation of the establishments in the Mall of the SSA (International) Mexico Maritime Terminal, the second in importance for arrival of cruise ships.

In the last three weeks the federal agency PROFECO has immobilized more than 12,500 pieces of silver and alpaca. Of the15 Jewelry stores marketing silver or alpaca, it was stated that they cannot open their doors until all regulations are met and merchandise is in order, stated the official. It was announced that PROFECO will possible carry out more operations of this nature because it will not only help to eradicate irregular practices, but will contribute to strengthen the confidence of the consumer.
Discarded Electronics Cause Silent Contamination
Pollution produced by electronic tablets with transistors, televisions and alkaline batteries that are thrown off on to the public highway or in wastelands can create a silent contamination of the environment. This has become a seemingly very significant problem due to the acids released by such objects. Useless TV’s and electronics are being dismantled and are left abandoned creating an environmental hazard. Also tablets which are left outdoors are causing pollution to the underground.

The collection of recyclable materials Center (Camar) carries out a permanent campaign of collection of these useless items and components. A ton of electronic waste was pulled from the streets from January to date, explained Juan Angulo Chin, director of the Chamber. During the year 2013, televisions, washing machines and remains of refrigerators and stoves in precarious conditions totaling the amount of 7 tons were removed from the island.

With respect to the pollution emitted by these tablets and other items, he states that the electronics that stay outdoors and under the Sun and rain can end up releasing the contained chemical and although not specified, the amount of acids can causes contamination of 10,000 liters of water in their surrounding area which may comprise water quality up to half a kilometer away. All this can result in pollution of the subsoil from one single tablet.

In reference to battery disposal, Chedraui supermarket located behind City Hall, and Super AKI located on 30 Avenue between Juarez and 2 North, have an ongoing program of collection of used batteries where people can dispose of them and each week these are removed by personnel of CAMAR and moved to facilities under safeguard and for proper disposal handling. To date, between 250 to 300 kilos of alkaline batteries are waiting to be transported from Cozumel to Villahermosa, Tabasco, where they will be disposed of properly.
Cozumel Will Participate in "Black Friday"
Aiming to revive the domestic economy, on the eve of the winter season, the National Chamber of Commerce services and tourism (Canaco Servytur) of Cozumel have 57 participants registered for the national program "Buen Fin" which is the equivalent of “Black Friday” to be carried out from November 14 to 17.

This was announced by the leader of the Guild, José Enrique Molina Casares, who emphasized that he hopes to surpass the number of participants from the last year which exceeded 150 businesses. These establishments provided discounts from 10 to 50 percent.

The interviewee explained that it is still in the process of inviting merchants to sign up this year to the program which is intended to achieve a boost in the country's economy.

Last year there were 178 businesses, hotels, companies which transport passengers as well as vehicles, stores, supermarkets, chain stores of appliances, perfumes, watches and jewelry, clothing stores, shoe stores, restaurants and other local establishments that just a few days before decided to join the program and generated benefits for both merchants and consumers.

The official said that the percentages of sales achieved in 2013 were superior to 170 million pesos, with the sale of items of appliances and technology, like computers, which were more sought after from families. Other popular items were refrigerators, washing machines and stoves.
Riviera Maya Still a Favorite Tourist Destination
The Secretary of tourism (Sectur) is searching to break records with the arrival of nearly 28 million foreign tourists and more than $16 billion dollars in foreign exchange to the country this year with the promotion of new products and lines of action that promote the region.

In an announcement at the 2014 Cultural tourism fair, the undersecretary of innovation and development of tourism, Carlos Manuel Joaquín González pointed out that the main destinations travelers are seeking is Cancun, the Riviera Maya, as well as Mexico City. In press conference, he explained that from January to August more than 19 million foreigners visited the country. That is 18% more compared to 2013. The economy saw a revenue of more than $ 11 million dollars, which represented an increase of 18% over the previous year.
Brett Michaels Reveals His Suite at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya
Brett Michaels, the lead singer of the rock group “Poison”, gave a music presentation after the grand opening of a suite he designed at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya Hotel. On Sunday October 12th the singer inaugurated the “Rock Star Suite”. This was also unveiled on his official website. The famous lead singer of the band Poison designed the luxury suite that carries his name and his own label in terms of design and style. The singer was present at the opening of the suite and subsequently offered a musical concert to guests who attended the occasion.
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October 10, 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 August 13, 2014 from the Department of State can also be viewed in its entirety on the Department of State website.
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