Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau

Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau

July 18, 2005 19:06 ET

Cancun Escapes the Brunt of Hurricane Emily; Up and Running and Ready to Receive National and International Tourists

CANCUN, Mexico--(CCNMatthews - Jul 18, 2005) -

Statement by Artemio Santos Santos, executive director of the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB):

"Packed with 145-mph winds, hurricane Emily swept over the southern coast of the State of Quintana Roo, at least 80 miles away from Cancun Hotel Zone, during the early morning of Monday, July 18. Thankfully damage to the city of Cancun, the most important tourist destination in Mexico and Latin America, was minimal and included mostly downed tree branches, signs, posts and power lines.

In a joint effort with local authorities, the tourism industry began hurricane preparations and the evacuation process in the hotel zone as early Friday, July 15. Tourists who braved the hurricane in Cancun were moved to comfortable shelters located throughout the hotel zone and main downtown area. All of them will be returning to their hotels throughout the day in order to continue enjoying their vacation or will depart as scheduled. In fact, local weather forecasts are predicting plenty of sunshine as of tomorrow.

The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau has confirmed that tourism infrastructure and services, such as electricity, water, communications and local transportation are operating normally in Cancun. Hotels have also reported minimal property damage.

After massive departures on Saturday and Sunday, Cancun International Airport closed yesterday afternoon as security precaution. The airport began regular operations as of noon today. Tourists are encouraged to check in with their individual airlines or agents, however, we have been informed that all flights have resumed as scheduled.

Cancun and all its service providers are ready to serve national and international tourists. In fact, tomorrow we are welcoming the Association of Mexican Customs Agents Convention, which will bring 1000 members.

We look forward to a strong summer season in Cancun, the heart of the Mexican Caribbean."

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