Governor of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo Sr. Felix Gonzalez Canto has declared Yellow Alert for the entire northern part of the state, including Cancun, Cozumel, Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Puerto Morelos. He has also requested that all commercial services and tourism sectors resume all services and reestablish normal business operations.
· The Cancun International Airport reports that it has maintained normal operations throughout last night without interruptions. Beginning today, the airport has started receiving tourists with the arrivals of the first flights from Mexicana Air, Continental and USA 3000 arriving at 9:00am local time carrying 600 passengers, most of them tourists from the USA and Mexico City.
· All Highways are open to the regular vehicular traffic, providing uninterrupted access to the Riviera Maya and main city Playa del Carmen.
· Bus Stations are back to normal operations with service between Merida and Playa del Carmen as of this morning.
· Xcaret announces that it has not incurred damage from the storm and will open to the public with all the services tomorrow morning, Wednesday August 22.
· Xel-Ha announces that it will open and resume normal operation of its services, activities and attractions on Thursday August 23.
For the most current news and information regarding the status of Riviera Maya following the passage of Hurricane Dean early this morning, please visit www.rivieramaya.com/blog/.
Easily accessible from many cities throughout the U.S., the eighty-one mile stretch known as the Riviera Maya is situated in the Mexican Caribbean on the coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Beginning eleven miles south of the Cancun International Airport in Puerto Morelos, the Riviera Maya extends to Felipe Carrillo Puerto, a small town near the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. The region features the tranquility of uncrowded beaches, a vast network of underground rivers, over 100 cenotes, the action of eco-adventure sports including kayaking, mountain biking, scuba diving, snorkeling, trekking, bird watching and deep sea fishing, proximity to many of Mexico’s most significant Mayan archeological sites, the varied activities of the eco-archeological parks, plus golf courses, Spas, shopping, gourmet dining and a range of accommodations to suit every lifestyle and budget. The Riviera Maya has been named a Top Destination in Mexico for three consecutive years by Travel Weekly (2004, 2005 and 2006) and was also featured in the January 2006 issue of Travel + Leisure as “The Next Riviera.”