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News for the Week of January 16, 2017

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Cozumel Arrivals: 36 Ships this Week
1/15/2017 - Numbers increase this week in Cozumel as cruise ship arrivals show 36 ships registered to dock for the third week of January 2017. This is 3 more than the number of ships last week and 13 more than the "20 in port" which marks a "high season" number. As the high season is in full force for 2017, an estimated 90,000 people will visit Cozumel this week via these cruise ships leaving an estimated US$ 6.8 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 15 ships docking there, 12 ships will dock at TMM/SSA International pier while Punta Langosta pier will see 9 arrivals and the downtown San Miguel pier will have -0- arrivals with passengers tendering in.

This week begins with 4 ships docking on Monday, 7 on Tuesday, 6 ships Wednesday, 7 on Thursday, 5 on Friday and then Saturday will bring 4 ships in port and Sunday will see 3 ships in port.

View the Cruise Ship Calendar for this Week
Cozumel Carnaval 2017 Events Coming Up!
Carnaval 2017 - Be Here!
Via a press conference held in December 2016, Cozumel Carnaval 2017 dates were OFFICIALLY announced
by the newly elected Presidente Perla Tun and the Carnaval Committee via the Municipio Office of Special Events as ~

February 22 - March 1, 2017

Be sure to reserve hotel and diving for these dates well in advance to be here for one of Cozumel's biggest and oldest celebrations with this being the 143rd year of Carnaval tradition! For a nice, home style place to stay, please consider Sherri's IslaMar Villas. Or call toll free from USA -732-8375 to check availability!

Final pre-Carnaval and Carnaval details are still being worked out but for an idea of all the fun things that will be going on, take a look at last year's activities! Check out the 2016 Carnaval Calander of Events ~

PLUS ~ take a look at INSIDER photos of Pre-Carnaval Events from last year ~ 2016 ~ to get an idea of what goes on!

Photos - Introduction of Candidates for Carnaval 2016 King & Queen

Scuba Fest to Change Date
"Scuba Fest" is an event of diving activities as well as conferences on topics that seek to put the municipality of Cozumel as a spearhead for the practice of this activity at an international level. This event normally takes place the first week Of December but for various reasons, officials have decided to move it up to the month of May. A member of the organizing committee, Pedro Joaquín Delbouis pointed out that due to climatological issues such as northern wind storms or the possibility of the port being closed; it was decided to move the dates of the event to the month of May.

He pointed out that at the beginning of 2017 the process of promotional work will begin for this event, since in previous editions there has been a good response from both the exhibitors who arrive at the municipality as well as the participation of the people who carry out this activity. It makes tourists want to come back to see Cozumel as a potential dive destination. Delbouis said that he has always sought to position Cozumel as a destination for this type of activity worldwide and for several years this goal had been achieved but hurricane "Wilma" stopped and stalled these activities and we are now seeking to resume them.

Hopefully, Cozumel can be back on the map of the most important dive destinations in the world. This event along with the help of the Cozumel promotion video that was made in the last edition of this event has been a great help for promotion of the Island.
The Nautical Industry Feels the Pinch at the Gas Pump
Nautical service providers are beginning to resent the price increase in fuel, and although there is the idea that when working with tourists, they are level with the volatility of the dollar when in reality this continues as a permanent competition , not only locally, but also in the Riviera Maya and other destinations in the state.

David Tovar Sánchez, a member of the National Association of Tour Operators for Aquatic Activities and Tourism (Anoaat) Cozumel chapter, added that "the problem exists more with the tour packages that were sold last year for vacationers who will visit in 2017 because we have to renegotiate the increase or absorb the difference of the costs ". According to nautical service providers, the problem will be further accentuated by the escalation of prices that the so-called "gasolinazo" represents and this almost always results in the tourist covering the increase.

Tovar Sánchez, emphasized that "it is not a question of raising prices, because the service at the local level is already very competitive, the island situation makes the products and spare parts even more expensive, and that will have to be defined in the coming years. "When the increase is in cents, the fuel can really resist and maintain prices, but in comparison to the wage increase for seven pesos, this has been reduced with the high rise in fuel costs this year. The winter season will close very well, but it will be until the month of February when the Carnaval festivities take place when we will see real numbers indicating if the activity is maintained or diminished” stated the official.
Youths Monitor Corals of Chancanaab Lagoon
In order to determine the state of health of the Chankanaab Lagoons, the Parks and Museums Foundation of Cozumel (FPMC) implements a new program of "Identification of Corals" through monitoring to obtain information for the study.

The program began with the training of volunteers belonging to the "Young People for Conservation" group of the FPMC, who took a theoretical-practical workshop given by the teacher in Sciences of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp) Blanca Quiroga, who taught the young people to recognize the diverse species of coral that exist in the lagoon. Workshop attendees were given the names and physical characteristics of the corals that can be observed as they immersed themselves in the Chankanaab area. The next day they took their knowledge to practice during a day of snorkeling in the park lagoon to obtain information for a study that will be carried out jointly with Conanp. The volunteers identified the types of corals that exist, their characteristics, size, coloration, or any other particularity that could be considered a factor to be taken into account for the study. This activity will also be done later in the marine area of the Chankanaab Park, complementing the identification of fish made by the Youth for Conservation group.

Héctor González Cortes, director of Conservation and Environmental Education, added that the latest data currently available on this type of studies date back to 1995 and it is necessary to update and compare to see if there are any changes.
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December 8, 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 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 December 8, 2016 from the Department of State can also be viewed in its entirety on the Department of State website.

As investigation into the January 6, 2017 shooting of a U.S. Consulate employee in Guadalajara continues, the State department issued a supplemental advisory January 7th for U.S citizens in the Guadalajara area are urging them to restrict their movements outside their homes and places of work to those truly essential movements. The advisory indicated U.S. citizens should also take care not to fall into predictable patterns for those movements that are essential and they should vary the times and routes of their movements. Guadalajara is a city in the Mexican State of Jalisco located near the western coast of Mexico whereas the Yucatan and Cozumel are located on the eastern coast of Mexico over 1,000 miles away.

UPDATE JANUARY 10, 2017: Mexican authorities have arrested and deported the suspected perpetrator of the shooting of a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. The U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara has lifted its January 7, 2017 guidance to U.S. citizens to limit travel in the Guadalajara area.
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