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News for the Week of August 22, 2016



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Cozumel Arrivals: 16 Ships this Week
8/21- Numbers rise this week in Cozumel as cruise ship arrivals show 16 ships registered to dock for the fourth week of August 2016. This is 6 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 begins to wane for 2016, an estimated 36,000 people will visit Cozumel this week via these cruise ships leaving an estimated US$ 2.7 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 3 ships docking on Monday, 3 on Tuesday, 3 ships Wednesday, 2 on Thursday, 2 on Friday and then Saturday will bring 3 ships in port and Sunday will see -0- ships in port.

View the Cruise Ship Calendar for this Week
Final Arrangements Underway for the World Cup Triathlon
Town’s people, authorities and service providers of the Island prepare to welcome thousands of athletes who will be part of the 28th Edition of the International Union's (ITU) World Cup Triathlon World Championship which will take place from September 11th through 18th.

Mauricio Zavala and Jorge Reyes of the Mexican Triathlon Federation reported that the World Triathlon Championship ITU 2016 will consist of eight events, including the categories of men's and women's elite. Some events will be broadcast live by various National and International media so Cozumel will be the eyes of the world. Athletes from 90 countries will visit the destination, among them the best athletes of elite status.

On Sunday September 18th, Cozumel will witness the World Championships by age category and by the afternoon, the agenda will close with the Elite men's star competition.
Possibly Extinct Bird Found in Cozumel
With a few unedited photographs published on social networks of a specimen of a female Hocofaisan, it expands the possibility that this species which is cataloged in danger of extinction, can still be still found in Cozumel.

The images published in the personal account of the Deputy Director of Ecology and Environment Rafael Chacón Diaz explained that citizens made a sighting but could not confirm if it was a Hoicofaisan since from several years ago sightings have been in short supply. Versions on their extinction was strengthening more and more, however the comments on social networks celebrated the existence of this female bird and we can now presume that there might be males also and with it, the possibility of expanding reproduction.

It is a known fact that these birds build their nests in trees of between 3 and 6 meters of height, where the female puts 2 eggs that incubates in 32 days, although the compliance of this practice can present variants by the flora and fauna of the island of Cozumel. Specialists say the subspecies "Crax Rubra griscomi" could be endemic to the island and their diet consists mainly of fruits, seeds and arthropods.
Municipal Government Improves Image of Cozumel
As part of the Municipal Government’s effort to provide a better image of the destination, the Direction of Public Services carried out the rehabilitation of the photographic sign "Isla Cozumel", located in the Benito Juárez Park where thousands of tourists and locals flock to take the photo.

Director José Luis Rascon Infanzon stressed that on the instructions of the Municipal President, Fredy Marrufo Martín, the staff of the unit was given the task of rehabilitating this site which has become a landmark for the island since its construction. He said that it was necessary to give a modern touch to the destination since it represents the image of the Island for visitors, especially in the summer where thousands of tourists arrive to the island and seek an attractive place that clearly represents a photo opportunity to upload it to their social networks.

It should be noted that this year, the Municipal Government through the public service has rehabilitated and embellished other landmarks of the island such as "The Diver" fountain and the "Goddess Ixchel" statue, as well as important monuments such as "El Mestizaje", the " Maya Pyramid of Two Cultures", the Esplanade of the Flag and the traffic circles: "El Caracol" and "Las Golondrinas" among others, in order to have the island attractive and beautiful to welcome tourists.
Tourism Event to Take Place in Cozumel
Cozumel Island will be headquarters of the Urban Weekend Cruises in March 2017 and will host about 300 people from various parts of the United States. Participants will learn aspects of nature and care of the island through the activities to be carried out at Chankanaab National Park. This was confirmed by the Manager of Tourism Promotion of Cozumel and the Riviera Maya.

The news was made public after the visit of the managers of the natural park and analyzed the possibilities of this first event in the wake of the wonders and natural beauties of the island. It is planned that Urban Excursion Week will take place in September 2017. Participants carried out a tour to see first handed, the attractions of Chankanaab such as the Archaeological site, the Casita Maya, Botanical Garden, the Crocodile pond, Chankanaab lagoon, the area's beaches and hammock area. At the end of the visit, Kevin J. Knight, CEO and founder of Urban Global Events, said that the site has wonderful attractions for the whole family. He stressed that Chankanaab is gorgeous and perfect for the realization of the Urban Cruise Weekend, which will bring people together coming mainly from Texas, California, Georgia, Michigan, New York and Washington, D. C.

Kevin J. Knight announced that the objective of the event is that the participants have fun and know the Island and to also learn the culture of the places they visit encouraging that the tourists return for future vacations.
Irregular Environmental Actions Taking Place
The environmental group CITYMAR has reported irregular activities which have been carried out near the beach club Tormentos in the southern part of the island. This report has been made to the appropriate environmental authorities.

CITYMAR’s President, Guadalupe Alvarez Chulym has photographs showing the incident of removal of the rocks in a certain area for the placement of a possible wooden pier. Environmentalist Chulim says that multiple abuses have taken place in this area which is part of the Marine Park. The corresponding area has a law that protects 250 meters after Puerta Maya up to Punto Chiqueros and this is why the authorities had to intervene. Everything indicates that rocks have been removed to put lounge chairs and for the construction of a wooden pier.

The official said that there are multiple corals of different species in this area and large amounts of people who visit them will virtually touch them. With this human invasion it is unlikely the corals will survive.
Successful Program Continues of Electronic Waste Disposal
Due to the excellent participation of citizens in the ongoing program of "collection of useless electronic appliances ", the Municipal Government through the Center for Collection of Recyclable Materials (CAMAR) removed from the island about three and a half tons of these devices that put at risk the health of the population and being a potential breeding site for the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Adev Zapata Garcia, Coordinator of CAMAR highlighted that one of the priorities of the Municipal President, Fredy Marrufo Martín, is the health of those who inhabit the island, as well as the image and preservation of the environment of Cozumel. CAMAR has applied a permanent program to avoid that these useless materials end up abandoned in vacant lots, roads and patios of homes. He stressed that this program has had excellent results since its launch, and now, Hotels, Department stores, Pharmacies and other businesses are participating as well as people who come to the Center's collection area to deliver their useless appliances and electronic devices.

The official explained that among the materials CAMAR receives most are washing machines, refrigerators, freezers, telephones, scanners, monitors, keyboards, computers, air conditioners, work tools and chairs among other articles, which by their composition and dimensions pollute the environment and in rainy season can expose citizens to diseases due to the fact that it can become a breeding ground for the transmission of dengue, Chikungunya and Zika among other diseases.
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