Tuesday, October 25, 2005

'Cancun Tourist Year To Close at Half-Mast' - Latina Prensa just now

Cancun Tourist Year To Close at Half-Mast

Mexico, Oct 25 (Prensa Latina) Cancun, Mexico´s most famous Caribbean beach resort, will close its tourist year with only 50 percent of hotels in operation, a high ranking tourism official estimated.

By the Christmas holidays, just half of hotel capacity (about 15,000 rooms) will be ready to receive clients, National Tourism Promotion Foundation (Fonatur) director John McCarty said.

In remarks to a local radio station, the Fonatur chief denied that Cancun was totally destroyed by powerful five- category Hurricane Wilma.

In 30 days, most hotels will be operating, McCarty insisted, with some facilities in the Maya Riviera and in Playa del Carmen already operating.

According to El Universal daily online edition, the hotels in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel were affected by the hurricane.

Meanwhile, Cancun International Airport resumed operations Tuesday with the evacuation of 38,000 tourists who had been stranded there and in the Maya Riviera.

Daily air operations at the Cancun terminal were suspended Friday, with estimated daily losses of 15 million dollars for the sector.

Ruben Aguilar, spokesperson for the Presidency, said no curfew will be decreed in Cancun, despite rampant pillage in hurricane-torn areas.

He also insisted that the federal Government has enough resources to deal with the emergency and is in a position to channel about 2.5 billion dollars for the purpose.

According to preliminary government estimates in Quintana Roo, more than 846,000 people were affected, and a dozen people died directly or indirectly due to the hurricane.


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