CANCUNS TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE was mostly spared by
Hurricane Dean when it roared over the Yucatan Peninsula last week,
the storm washed away significant amounts of sand from its beaches,
exposing rocks and shortening the distance between resorts and the
sea in certain areas. Authorities are still evaluating the extent
of the damage to Cancuns beaches, although its nowhere near as bad
as when Hurricane Wilma made a direct hit on the area in October
2005, leading to a $21 million beach restoration project.
ONE OF THE
HARDEST HIT AREAS was the town of Majahual and the cruise
ship port of Costa Maya, where Dean made landfall as a Category 5
hurricane. Waves washed away parts of Costa Mayas concrete dock,
which can accommodate up to three cruise ships at a time and
includes a 70,000-square-foot pavilion with restaurants,
entertainment and shops. Cesar Lizarraga, Costa Mayas director of
sales and marketing, said that about 50% of the ports
infrastructure was damaged by the storm. He said the port could
remain closed for up to eight months while its facilities are
rebuilt. He said the cost could be in the millions. Meanwhile,
cruise lines are scrambling to substitute calls at other ports in
Mexico and elsewhere. Carnival Cruise Lines, for example, scratched
Costa Maya for Progreso, Mexico, during the Carnival Fantasys Aug.
25 five-day cruise out of New Orleans.
SEE SOME PRICES DROP and special package offerings as
resorts try to bring tourists back to the Yucatan Peninsula in the
wake of Hurricane Dean. AMResorts, for example, is offering a
Mexican Riviera Celebration package that includes $100 worth of spa
coupons per booking plus one room category upgrade at any of the
companys four properties in the region: Secrets Capri Riviera
Cancun, Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa, Sunscape Puerto Aventuras
Riviera Maya and Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa. The package is
available for four-night bookings made by Sept. 30 for travel Sept.
1 to Dec. 21. Visit www.amresorts.com.
VACATIONS launched packages to Loreto. The packages,
commissionable to agents at up to 15%, offer four hotels: Posada de
Las Flores, Hacienda Suites Loreto, La Pinta at Loreto and the Inn
at Loreto Bay. In announcing its expansion into Loreto, Doug Knapp,
general manager of Delta Vacations, said the destination offers
sportfishing, diving, golf, nightlife, beaches, culture and
history. For information or reservations, call (800)
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