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News for the Week of July 25, 2016



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Cozumel Arrivals: 16 Ships this Week
7/24 - Numbers rise this week in Cozumel as cruise ship arrivals show 16 ships registered to dock for the fourth week of July 2016. This is 5 more than the number of ships last week and 4 less than the "20 in port" which marks a "high season" number. As the Summer season is in full swing for 2016, an estimated 48,000 people will visit Cozumel this week via these cruise ships leaving an estimated US$ 3.6 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 12 ships docking 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 4 ships docking on Monday, 3 on Tuesday, 3 ship Wednesday, 2 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
Cultural Film to Feature Archaeological Sites of Cozumel
A short film in which Cozumel will be protagonist, will highlight the Archaeo-Astronomy of the island, as well as five other Archaeological sites, which will position the richness of the Mayan culture, said Director of the Planetarium Cha´an Ka´an, Milagros Varguez Ramirez.

Astrophysicist Jesús Galindo Trejo, who is part of the production team, explains that the main theme is Mayan Astronomy with current day Archaeo-Astronomy as a tool for study. The idea is to make a tour of several sites chosen by the importance it gave to the Mayas and in Cozumel, the principal site is San Gervasio, the site dedicated to the goddess of the Moon (Ixchel).

This production will also include Chichen Itza where the Sun is of utmost importance, Uxmal for the planet Venus; Edzná and Palenque by the importance it gave to the Sun and the Moon and the Mural paintings of Bonampak show aspects of the Milky Way as an important Mayan constellation.

Galindo Trejo said that this project is supported by the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) and that it will be very important to disseminate the importance of Astronomy in the Mayan culture. He also emphasized that once this film is ready, it will be distributed to 34 planetariums in the country and others around the world, which will promote cultural tourism to Cozumel.
No New Permits - Only Renewals for Cozumel's Marine Park This Year
This year the Marine Park will renew existing authorizations of access for all vessels and aquatic equipment carrying out activities within Cozumel’s National Park and not issue any new or additional permits. The idea is not to exceed the limits of vehicles which traverse these protected areas.

Director of the CONANP in Cozumel, Christopher González Baca said in total there must be a register of 424 permits ranging from boats to kayaks that are accounted for and need these authorizations for entering the marine park. Regarding boats, there are 243 which make up the current registry and only those permits will be renewed since load limit protocols do not allow the issue of more permissions and that since several year ago there have been no new permits for boats in the marine park.

Only those whose holding existing permits will be renewed but they have to perform the procedures corresponding to the Port Captains rules and regulations. One of the stipulations of renewal is that the boats must found in good condition. "This is mandatory for the permission of nautical service between federal and others permits" stated the official. Renewals will begin August 1st.
100 % Activity Expected in Scuba Diving Establishments This Summer
So far this season, Scuba diving establishments have registered their activities between 50 and 70 %, and of that percentage, 90% is European, American and Canadian tourists that arrive on cruises, via air and from the mainland. And the summer season looks even more promising.

Danielle Meslin, vice-president of Scuba Gamma dive shop, located on 5th Avenue with 5th Street made it known that just from last week the season has flourished as it normally does in the month of July. Local dive shop owners are hopeful that business could reach 100% through end of August, considering visiting tourists and advance reservations of customers that arrive by via air, cruise and ferry.

The majority of tourists who come to dive have visited the island approximately twice in one year and often spend four days diving the coral reefs. 90 % of foreigners promise to return to the Island to dive again after having received good treatment. Deborah Félix Son, Manager of the Blue Deep dive shop located on Avenue 10 with Calle A. Rosado Salas pointed out that the professionalism of the Dive Masters in the industry is what generates return future business.
Extreme caution. Presence of Crocodiles in the 'Aerolito'
In the area known as the 'Aerolito' lagoon, there is a warning of the presence of crocodiles. This has become an issue since people have been trying to feed these animals and then swim or dive in the cenote exposing themselves to this danger. The Caleta and the Cozumel Marina services providers suggest that authorities be placed there to keep watch to prevent a tragedy during these summer vacations. Crocodile sightings have been registered in different areas of beach or enclosures in the Marina and Caleta and service providers want to avoid any tragedy that might take place that include attacks to some bathers, national and international tourists and athletes that come to compete in open water events and triathlons on the island.

The idea is not to scare away the tourists, but to be aware that the island is surrounded by water and lagoon systems and mangrove and the presence of crocodiles is an essential part of the ecosystem, but we must learn to respect their space. Many tourists have posted images on social networks and now there is more danger of an attack because more people are curious and are attracted to the area. Another factor that brings the crocodiles dangerously closer to people is leaving trash or food waste in the area. It is natural for these reptiles to feed and to go out to search the bags and this creates a dangerous situation.

The number of visitors increases considerably during these vacation times and to see a crocodile in the wild is a great opportunity to take pictures, videos, selfies, and with no one to tell them anything, it could create a dangerous situation. It is difficult to put surveillance everywhere, but the danger should be clear for people and for the sake of the crocodiles.
Rules and Regulations for Cozumel Restaurants
The National Chamber of the Restaurant Industry of Cozumel and the Procuraduría Federal del Consumidor will be signing an agreement for the installation and distribution of the "Ten Commandments for Restaurants" with at least fifty establishments.

These regulations will be in in poster format and will refer to the rights of consumers in the centers of food and drink consumption. Considering that Cozumel is a tourist destination that receives a large amount of visitors, especially during holiday periods, this information will be posted in Spanish and English and it is expected that other businesses in the industry will join the proposal. Damián Miranda Morales said that now there are about 100 participants that offer a wide variety of foods, beverages and desserts and with this list of regulations it will also generate confidence in the establishment because it will assure the quality of the place and its products or services which in turn will result in the increase in sales.

The Sub-delegate of Profeco in Quintana Roo, Marisol Huitrón Rangel added that "if any other restaurateur or wholesaler of food products that is not currently affiliated, can go to the offices located in Plaza del Sol where they can be provided with the material."

The recommendations that must be met by law must include visible prices in Mexican pesos and/or US Dollars, any method of payment (cash or Credit Cards) and whether tips are included or not.
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