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Statement from the Director of the Cancun Convention
and Visitors Bureau Following Hurricane Emily

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Cancún Q. Roo, July 18, 2005, 11:00 A.M. (Central Time) - Cancun’s local government, The Municipality of Benito Juarez, reports no injuries or major structural damage after Hurricane Emily.   The hurricane swept over the south coast of the State of Quintana Roo, at least 80 miles away from Cancun Hotel Zone, during the early morning of Monday, July 18.

Tourists who braved the hurricane in Cancun, the most important tourist destination in Mexico and Latin America, 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 within 12 hours.

Hotel zone services such as electricity, water, communications and local transportation, are working normally.  Hotels have reported minimal property damage, mostly downed posts, signs and trees.

The Cancun International Airport began regular operations today at noon, after massive departures on Saturday and Sunday.

“Cancún and all its services providers are ready to serve national and international tourists during this very important summer season”, informed Artemio Santos Santos, Director of the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Gerald Moore a tourist from Dallas, Texas how was traveling with his wife and stayed at the Convention Center shelter declared, “Everything was very well organized here at the shelter. We felt very secure and were continuously updated throughout our stay. We were even invited to leave Cancun, but we didn’t accept the offer as we felt everything was planed perfectly.”

Phil Marwood, from Toronto, Canada traveling with Sunquest said, “We want to thank everyone here because we felt really secure at all times.”

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Contact:

Ing. Artemio Santos
General Director 
Cancun CVB
http://www.cancun.info/

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Also See: Highland Hospitality Acquires the 332-room Tucancun Beach Resort & Villas, in Cancun for $31.0 million; Barcelo Hotels Will Manage as an All-inclusive Resort Under the Barcelo Brand Name / April 2005
Mexico's Emerging Destinations; The Riviera Maya, Punta Mita and the Cabo Corridor / Hans Desai / July 2004
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