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Hurricane Wilma -- Updates from Cozumel

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Hurricane Wilma -- Updates from Cozumel

I found a great resource out there:

http://www.divetrip.com/hurricane_wilma.htm

There is a table with projected re-opening dates for hotels there too.

I loved the comment under the "How Can We Help" section:

We can help by going back soon! With our continued interest and patronage this wonderful little island will again flourish. By lodging in the hotels, shopping in the stores, dining at the restaurants, and enjoying the great scuba diving; we can play a special part in rebuilding Cozumel…and have a great time while doing it!

Here is today's post:

Tuesday, November 8, 10:00 a.m. CST --- Cozumel Hotel Association

Dear Travel Partners: Please find below the latest news on Cozumel. Thank you all for your continuous support!

COZUMEL, MEXICO, Reports Rapid Recovery

COZUMEL, Mexico (Nov. 8, 2005) - Cozumel tourism officials report rapid progress in the post-hurricane Wilma clean up and restoration effort on the island. According to Raul Marrufo, director of the Cozumel Tourism Promotion Board, “Now that the essential services have been restored to most of the island, we have shifted our focus to prepare the island for winter visitors. We are enthusiastic about our progress and look forward to a busy tourist season starting in December.”

General information:

Electricity and water has been restored to 90 percent of the island

The Cozumel Airport officially reopened on October 29, 2005. Mexicana Airlines is currently operating daily flights to Cozumel out of Mexico City. American Airlines will resume its Dallas-to-Cozumel flights on December 16, 2005, operating three flights a week, and Continental has resumed its Houston-to-Cozumel flights, operating three flights a week.

The first cruise ship is scheduled to arrive on November 14, 2005

Several dive shops are open and operating

Officials from the Cozumel National Marine Park are optimistic and report that many reefs along Cozumel are largely undamaged. Shallow reefs, up to 35 feet deep, were most impacted, while reefs found at greater depths are reported to be in good condition. Caverns, including Chankanaab Cavern, F1 Cavern and Aerolito Cavern did not sustain damage and are open.

More than 30 island excursions have been available since October 31, 2005

95 percent of shops and restaurants will be open beginning November 14, 2005

The Cozumel Country Club will reopen the golf course, offering 9 holes, on December 1, 2005

The Atlantis Submarine attraction will reopen on December 15, 2005

Fiesta Holidays is open for snorkeling tours and car rentals

According to Aurelio Joaquin, director of the Foundation of Parks and Museums of Cozumel, “Though the island’s parks have sustained some damage, we are thankful that the ruins at San Gervasio were not harmed. We have already begun efforts to restore the parks and will have them ready for visitors to enjoy by the winter travel season.”

The Museum of the Island of Cozumel is now open and fully operational.

Punta Sur ecological park is currently open for jeep tours.

Reconstruction has started on Chankanaab National Park, with the tentative opening date scheduled for December 20, 2005

The Mayan ruins at San Gervasio were not damaged and the archaeological site will reopen on November 14, 2005.

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1. Re: Hurricane Wilma -- Updates from Cozumel

Latest from Mexico... found on stormcarib.com/reports/2005/mexico.shtml

• From: Gert van Dijken

• Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2005 12:34:59 -0500 (EST)

Latest from the Cozumel Tourism Promotion Board:

COZUMEL, MEXICO, REPORTS RAPID RECOVERY

COZUMEL, Mexico (Nov. 8, 2005) - Cozumel tourism officials report rapid progress in the post-hurricane Wilma clean up and restoration effort on the island.

According to Raul Marrufo, director of the Cozumel Tourism Promotion Board,“Now that the essential services have been restored to most of the island, we have shifted our focus to prepare the island for winter visitors. We are enthusiastic about our progress and look forward to a busy tourist season starting in December.”

General information:

• Electricity and water has been restored to 90 percent of the island

The Cozumel Airport officially reopened on October 29, 2005.

Mexicana Airlines is currently operating daily flights to Cozumel out of

Mexico City. American Airlines will resume its Dallas-to-Cozumel flights on

December 16, 2005, operating three flights a week, and Continental has

resumed its Houston-to-Cozumel flights, operating three flights a week.

• The first cruise ship is scheduled to arrive on November 14, 2005.

• Several dive shops are open and operating

• Officials from the Cozumel National Marine Park are optimistic and

report that many reefs along Cozumel are largely undamaged. Shallow reefs,

up to 35 feet deep, were most impacted, while reefs found at greater depths

are reported to be in good condition.

• Caverns, including Chankanaab Cavern, F1 Cavern and Aerolito Cavern

did not sustain damage and are open.

• More than 30 island excursions have been available since October 31,

2005

• 95 percent of shops and restaurants will be open beginning November

14, 2005

The Cozumel Country Club will reopen the golf course, offering 9

holes, on December 1, 2005

• The Atlantis Submarine attraction will reopen on December 15, 2005

• Fiesta Holidays is open for snorkeling tours and car rentals

According to Aurelio Joaquin, director of the Foundation of Parks and Museums of Cozumel, “Though the island’s parks have sustained some damage, we are thankful that the ruins at San Gervasio were not harmed. We have already begun efforts to restore the parks and will have them ready for visitors to enjoy by the winter travel season.”

• The Museum of the Island of Cozumel is now open and fully operational.

• Punta Sur ecological park is currently open for jeep tours.

• Reconstruction has started on Chankanaab National Park, with the tentative opening date scheduled for December 20, 2005

• The Mayan ruins at San Gervasio were not damaged and the

archaeological site will reopen on November 14, 2005.

According to Gabriela Verduzco, manager of the Cozumel Hotels Association, “Several hotels have already returned to business as usual and many others will reopen prior to the busy fall season.” The following is a list of scheduled reopening dates for various Cozumel hotels and resorts. Some properties are still in the assessment stage and have not yet reported reopening dates.

Hotel Scheduled Opening Date

Casa del mar December 15, 2005

Casa Mexicana Open

Coral Princess February 1, 2006

Cozumel Palace Pending

Cozumel Resort Open

Days Inn Open

El Cozumeleño Pending

El Cid la Ceiba November 15, 2005

Fiesta Americana February 1, 2006

Flamingo Open

Hacienda San Miguel Pending

Iberostar Pending

Melia Cozumel December 23, 2005

Occidental Allegro January 31, 2006

Occidental Grand January 31, 2006

Park Royal July 2006

Playa Azul December 15, 2005

Presidente May 2006

Reef Club Pending

Scuba Club Cozumel November 15, 2005

Sol Cabañas del Caribe Pending

Suites Bahia December 15, 2005

Suites Colonial December 15, 2005

Villablanca November 15, 2005

Vista del Mar Open

For additional information and updates about Cozumel hotels contact Gabriela

Verduzco directly at gabyverduzco at cozunet.com

For ongoing destination updates, travelers should visit www.islacozumel.com.mx