SAN FRANCISCO -- Hurricane Mitch, downgraded to a tropical storm,
spared the resorts of Cancun and Cozumel at the tip of the Yucatan
While officials were taking emergency precautions in the event
that Mitch reverses its course, tourism services were back to
normal, according to the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau and
the Cozumel Hotel Association.
Flights were operating as scheduled at the Cancun and Cozumel
airports, and it was business as usual at hotels, restaurants and
Cancun did not issue evacuation orders during the hurricane
watch this week, but roughly 36,000 vacationers fled to escape
Mitch, one of the most powerful hurricanes of the century.
According to the Quintana Roo Hotel Association, travelers who
decided to cut their vacations short because of the hurricane
threat will receive refunds from the Cancun hotels for any room
nights not used.
The hotline that was set up to field questions regarding the
hurricane remains open. The number is (011) 52-9 887-8700.
At press time, Tropical Storm Mitch was centered over land in
northern Honduras and was moving west-southwest at three mph.