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News for the Week of September 26, 2016

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Cozumel Arrivals: 15 Ships this Week
9/25 - Numbers rise slightly this week in Cozumel as cruise ship arrivals show 15 ships registered to dock for the final week of September 2016. This is 1 more than the number of ships last week and 5 less than the "20 in port" which marks a "high season" number. As the Fall Season continues for 2016, an estimated 37,500 people will visit Cozumel this week via these cruise ships leaving an estimated US$ 2.8 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 9 ships docking there, 4 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 1 ship docking on Monday, 1 on Tuesday, 2 ships Wednesday, 5 on Thursday, 4 on Friday and then Saturday will bring 1 ship in port and Sunday will see 1 ship in port.

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Amazing Finish to the ITU World Cup Triathlon 2016
The ITU World Cup Triathlon in Cozumel was the scene of one of the most emblematic scenes that the sport has had in recent years, as Britain's Alistair Brownlee preferred to miss victory to help his younger brother Jonathan Brownlee across the finish line. Jonathan who had collapsed a few meters before the end showed signs of dehydration as he competed for the title of world champion. The Brownlee Brothers came to the competition as the main favorites after winning the gold and silver in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Jonathan was in first place and was clearly on his way to take the title of world champion when he suffered a heat stroke and collapsed. When it seemed that he could no longer continue, his older Brother Alistair, who was in second place appeared. The triathlete hugged and assisted his Brother Jonathan and helped him finish the race. The South African Henri, Schoeman, who won the bronze at the Olympics, passed them to win the gold.

With images captured by TV cameras you can see how Alistair embraced to his brother and together they ran the last few meters of the race. One meter from the goal the athlete pushed Jonathan across and he finally concluded the triathlon in second place but clearly suffering severe dehydration. Despite the fact of the emotional scene, Jonathan lost the opportunity to take the win as world champion. Mario Mola from Spain who finished in fifth place took the title by adding up the most points.

English journal The Daily Mirror says that Alistair Brownlee must be chosen as the personality of the year in Great Britain. The unprecedented and historic closing of the World Cup Triathlon in Cozumel with the Brownlee brothers has changed the world. At the awards ceremony, people chanted the name of the Brownlee Brothers. Alistair responded with a hand gesture asking them not to chant because of the mixed feelings at the closure and it was too emotional.

Both Brothers were the first two out of the sea and led the cycling competition and in the run, Jonathan took off followed by his Brother Alistair and the South African Henri Schoeman. Both Brothers were far ahead from the rest of competitors.

“I also probably would have done the same" stated the Spaniard Mario Mola, World Champion. The gesture of Alistair Brownlee preferring to help his younger brother to take the silver medal or even the gold was emotional. “The ending was almost straight out of a movie and I had no opportunity to see it at the time of the competition but as a Brother, I would have done the same thing. I just hope that he recovers soon” said Mola.
Preparations Begin for the Sixth Edition of MetLife Half Ironman 70.3
With the purpose of fine tuning details for the MetLife Half Ironman 70.3, different dependencies of the Municipal Government held the first meeting with the organizers of this International competition that will take place on October 2nd 2016.

This year’s MetLife Half Ironman 70.3 will receive approximately 1,800 high-performance athletes in competitions of swimming, cycling and running. This is the 6th time that this competition will take place on the island.

The starting point will be Chankanaab Park, where athletes will start with the 1.9 KM swim in the crystal clear waters of the island. As in the past, the first transition area will be located in the parking lot of this ecotourism Park, where competitors will begin the route with their bikes for the second test with a distance of 90 KM, reaching the second transition zone to be located at 11 Avenue with Rafael E. Melgar, where they will depart again for the running portion, 21.1 KM, of the competition and finally reach the finish line that will be installed in the Andres Quintana Roo Park.
Former Mayor's Administration Successful With Tourism
"Since the beginning of the Administration, Municipal President Fredy Marrufo Martin gave us the task of working in favor of the tourist development of the island, therefore, during these last three years we have carried out various strategies, projects and work aimed at this goal" said Juan González Castelán, Director of Tourism and Economic Development in the Municipality.

The official reported that to have a greater promotional presence at National and International level, he worked as a team with the trust of Cozumel and the Riviera Maya Tourism Promotion, as well as with the Association of Hotels of Cozumel (AHC) to carry out 28 promotional activities through different media such as television, magazines, blogs, and attention to sales agents to achieve better promotion of the destination. Some of the attractions that the destination can promote are events that occur in the course of the year such as "Carnival", "El Cedral" fair "Aeroshow" and the "Sacred Mayan crossing", among other activities.

The Director of Economic Development and Tourism said that Cozumel became present in publications and magazines such as: "Silent World", "Bon Voyage" Excelsior, "Bleu And Blanc", "Hybrid Magazine", "Point Mice" in Spain and "Sport Diver Magazine" as well as other National and International publications.

Juan González said that during the three years of administration, Cozumel was present in nine tourism fairs. In addition, Cozumel served as headquarters of the "XXII Annual Convention of Cruisers of Florida and the Caribbean" where they met delegates, representatives of shipping companies, managers of ports, tourist offices, entrepreneurs, members of the FCCA, tour operators of 19 shipping companies that operate more than 100 cruises in various parts of the world.

Juan González Castelán stressed that during the last three years, Cozumel was successful in hosting sporting events of international stature such as the "MetLife Ironman 70.3", "ITU WORLD CUP", "GFNY Cozumel" and "Ironman Cozumel Mexico", in addition to the open water World Championship and the 2nd FINA World Diving Cup Cozumel last year. So the target in three years consolidated the Island as a favorite place for sports events of international stature.
Turtle Nests Being Tampered With by Natural Predators
In the Ecological Reserve Park, Punta Sur, work brigades try to protect sea turtles eggs; However, this is a situation that is difficult to control because of the natural predators in the area. This is a process that occurs naturally and which is carried out by the endemic wildlife of Cozumel.

Hector González Cortés, Director of Conservation and Environmental Education (CEA) of the Foundation of Parks and Museums of Cozumel, Quintana Roo (Fpmcqroo), explained that in the registry of 600 nests, they have found that 15 have been tampered with by predators. He stated that these nests have been interfered with due to the endemic fauna of the island, mostly to dwarf raccoons and coatis. “This predation is a natural process that can hardly be controlled, but reiterated that this has occurred in past years. These animals dig their nests to feed on the eggs of the turtles” he said.

On the other hand, the biologist reported that so far this season they have counted 600 turtle nests so far and this is a higher amount than in the same period last season.
Uber Comes to Quintana Roo
The company Uber, that operates in several parts of the country with services of private drivers through an application from any mobile device, entered into operation in the state of Quintana Roo as confirmed by personal of the company. Without going into details, Uber staff said that in the web page all persons interested in becoming partners in the company can now register and profit from giving private chauffeur service.

The objective of Uber is to give the opportunity to a person to work as a private driver in various cities of Mexico . It was explained that there would be an additional 15 peso charged for these services on the authorized rate, citing that it would improve attention to users by unionized taxi drivers.

However, the Department of Infrastructure and Transport (Sintra) said it will stop Uber units as they are detected, while the new State Government is in transition and is in charge of transportation team. Right now they cannot do anything because they could violate the law. In Cozumel, SINTRA warned that it shall apply fines of $58 billion pesos to drivers who do not have government concessions.
Riviera Maya Jazz Festival Releases List of Performing Artists
Officials of the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2016 have released the list of artists who will participate in this year’s festival which will take place December 1st, 2nd and 3rd. As every year, the headquarters of the event is Mamita´s Beach Club in Playa Del Carmen. A beautiful beach atmosphere where the public can enjoy jazz music for free.

On Thursday December 1st , the artists will be the Steve Gadd Band, Paco Rosas, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Steve Gadd, Kevin Hays, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Landau. The following night will feature Blood Sweat & Tears, Bo Bice, Dylan Elise, Jeff Lorber, Fiusha Funk Band and Antonio Sanchez and Migration., The last night will feature Dirty Loops, Aguamala and Bill Evans.

In the previous editions of the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, over 13,000 people gathered on Mamita's Beach to listen to contemporary jazz music.
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