Sunday, October 30, 2005

Isla Mujeres & Cancun Travel -- New Info Oct. 30

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Cancun Continues Rapid Post-Wilma Recovery

October 2005 -- As one of the world's top romantic destinations, Cancun is quickly mobilizing and working to recover after Hurricane Wilma. “We have received unprecedented federal and local response and plan to continue making remarkable headway in the coming days and weeks,” stated Artemio Santos Santos, executive director of the Cancun Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB). We want the world to know that Cancun is open for business and that when visitors come back they will see an even better, stronger Cancun.”

We've received the following update of the city’s progress to date; some of the group announcements are especially important if you had planned a wedding in Cancun with a sizeable party:

Hotels: The majority of Cancun’s 140 hotels and resorts are recovering from varying degrees of wind and water damage.

Le Meridien Cancun Resort and Spa:  According to a corporate report, the property sustained no serious structural damage and expects to start welcoming guests on November 15. At that time, most guest rooms, the main restaurant, ballroom and meeting room will be available; there will be limited room- and pool-service. For further information and reservations contact 1-800-543-4300 or visit

Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa resort: The open areas were the most affected. The hotel is still assessing damage and is not accepting future reservations at this time. For groups currently booked at the Hilton Cancun inquiring about the hotel, please call 1-866-973-8030.

Sol Meliá Hotels & Resorts: The five hotels in the affected areas, Gran Meliá Cancún, Meliá Turquesa, Paradisus Riviera Cancún, Meliá Cozumel and Sol Cabañas del Caribe, all suffered damage, the extent of which is currently being assessed. Sol Meliá will work with guests who have reservations in Cancun or Cozumel. Groups scheduled to travel to Cancun in the next few months should contact their sales person who will assist in finding alternate sites such as the Mexican Pacific or the Caribbean Hotels. Contact Sol Meliá’s Group Desk group desk (MSM) by calling 1-888-33-MELIA or via email: 

Restaurants and Attractions:

·        Dolphin Discovery continues normal operations in Isla Mujeres and the Riviera Maya.
·        Eco-park Xel-Ha will open Monday, October 31.
·        Eco-park Xcaret will partially open on Tuesday, November 15
·        20 tourist restaurants opened today.

Cancun area golf facilities

The following golf courses have announced these reopening dates:

Playacar: October 29, 2005

Mayan Palace:  October 29, 2005

Hilton Cancún Golf and Spa Resort: Nov. 7, 2005

Moon Palace: Nov. 20, 2005

Mayakobá: December 2005

Cancun Golf Club at Pok ta Pok: December 15, 2005


Cancun Beach Recovery Project:  On Tuesday the October 25, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM) launched the initial research and analysis phase of Cancun’s Beach Recovery Project. Among the work undertaken by the team of UNAM geologists, engineers and oceanographers involved in the project are bathymetric and morphological studies, an assessment of sand bank conditions and determining the location of beach sand carried away by the storm.

Although some hotels lost precious beach, there were also those hotels (located between the Riu Cancun and downtown -- facing “Bahia Mujeres”) that not only did not lose beach, but actually gained beach. Among these hotels are: Presidente Inter-Continental, Oasis Viva, Ambiance Villas, Villas Tacul, Barcelo las Perlas, Blue Bay, Riu Caribe.

Airport Operations and Local Facilities:

As previously reported, the Cancun International Airport resumed operations on Tuesday, October 25. It will continue to operate on recovery/evacuation status with preferential operations for inbound supplies and passenger departures until October 30. On Monday, October, 31, Cancun’s International Airport will resume normal operations and will receive scheduled flights from Mexicana, US Air 3000 (Apple Vacations charter) and Aviacsa, as well as charter flights from GoGo Tours among others. 

Government Support:

On Thursday, October 27, Mexican President Vicente Fox announced the following support:

US$20 million to go towards beach recovery efforts

US$10 million to go to towards restoration of the hotel zone’s infrastructure

NAFINSA (Mexico’s government loan corporation) is assisting small businesses (shops, restaurants, others) with loans totaling US$340 million.

In an effort to streamline hotel recovery, the Inter-American Development Bank has announced US$500 million in reconstruction and recovery loans.

Remember, travel news changes quickly. Check with hotels and travel companies before making any plans to get the latest rates, times, and schedules. maintains these news pages as a service to readers but readers assume all responsibility for obtaining updated information, rates, and times directly from hotels and travel businesses.

Sunday, October 30, 2005 Romantic Travel Magazine

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