Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News Wednesday, February 1

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Effective promotion

Optimal hotel occupancy rates

Efectiva promoción

 Favorece óptimos porcentajes de ocupación hotelera

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ISLA MUJERES, 31 de enero.-  
Leer más...Full article at this link
  The Department of Tourism reported that maximum occupancy rates of 78% were registered in January. These high levels of hotel occupancy are a product of promotional efforts between the three levels of government, including the commitments of Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis to make this holiday destination more competitive and to maintain the interest of domestic and foreign tourists.The municipal government continues to work to maintain the image of Isla Mujeres as a clean and safe place for the tourists who visit us, in recognition of the willingness of hoteliers and providers of tourism services in general to contribute to this goal by working together every day, with  authorities, to be a world class tourist destination.
       "Isla Mujeres is a world-class tourist destination, a favorite among national and foreign tourists who visit it looking for relaxation and fun, thanks to its incredible natural attractions and beaches of exceptional beauty. As a government, we work together with the three levels of government, committed to continuing to promote our destination and continuing to have more tourists arriving, which undoubtedly benefits all sectors of society," said municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis.


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

There is a video featuring "Islander at heart" Manuel Antonio Garcia Delgado, better known as "Tony Garcia", an #isleñodecorazón since the age of seven.
 Manuel Antonio Garcia Delgado, born on Isla Holbox, is a provider of tourism services, and an adopted islander since he was seven years old. He is also known as Capitán Tony Garcia. one of his passions is capturing the beauty that surrounds Isla Mujeres with his cameras. His photographs have been exhibited at important events on the island. Islanders at Heart
Él es Manuel Antonio García Delgado, mejor conocido como “Tony García”, un #IsleñodeCorazón desde los siete años.

 Tony commented...My parents were born here on this island. My father grew up in Cozumel and my mother moved to Cozumel at the age of 20 years to work with family members and to get away from her stepmother who she wasn't getting along with well.  She met my father in Cozumel, where they were married. My father was working as the official lighthouse overseer for both lighthouses: Punta Molas and Celary at Isla Cozumel. Three children were born there, and then in 1956, they moved here to Punta Sur on Isla Mujeres, when there were only streets of sand and wooden houses downtown, and it was a real fisherman's village, who were involved in the capture of lobsters and turtles. They lived at Punta Sur for ten years, where six other siblings were born. In 1964, my father was transferred to Isla Holbox, and as the tenth and a big surprise for my parents,  I was born in 1965 in Holbox. When I was two years old, my dad was transferred to Isla Contoy, where I lived for almost five years, until I was almost seven years old when we moved back to Isla Mujeres to be able to go to school and have a higher education. Fortunately, it was a very incredible opportunity for my father to be on Isla Contoy where he was able to earn and save extra money from fishing for lobster which he sold to our maternal grandfather Don Heriberto Delgado de Tejada. In this way, we were finally able to have a home of our own and to go to school, which was an opportunity that many of my older brothers didn't have.

Isla Mujeres continues to enjoy tourism success. During January there was a maximum occupancy of 78 percent, benefiting all sectors of society that are dependent on tourism. (See translation above in DQR.)
#IslaMujeres sigue gozando de éxito turístico. Durante enero se registró una ocupación hotelera máxima de hasta 78 por ciento, lo que benefició a todos los sectores de la sociedad que dependen del turismo.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Complaints about problems with CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) automatic payment machine…/
  There were complaints this weekend about failures with the two CFE payment machines which had system failures or weren't giving change. They complained that there was no one to report the problem to at the office, except the security guard.

Bringing order to the Maritime Terminal…/
  There was a meeting between the Director of Tourism, Jesus Castillo Magana with the head of the Taxi Union, Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez, so that the taxi drivers should stop working in front of the Maritime Terminal in Isla Mujeres. The Tourism Director is seeking to bring order and to avoid conflicts with the comisionistas and lancheros (Comisionistas sell tourism services for commission and the lancheros offer tours in their small boats).
      They are trying to maintain order and control over these people who are the first contact that visitors have when they arrive at this vacation destination.  It is their intention that they should all 'live in peace' and each would respect the others designated areas of work. The officials also want the tourists who visit this vacation destination to have a good impression and the necessary information to know that we are a friendly destination.
   The Por Esto article about this says the Director of Tourism asked the support of the head of the Taxi Union so that the cabbies sell their tours in the area of the union premises and don't have vehicles waiting outside the Terminal. It has been usual to see two or three taxis at the Terminal, and in addition to offering tours by taxi, taxistas were also earning commission from renting golf carts and selling boat tours.

Tuesday is the last day for the 15 percent discount on property tax payments…/

    The City offered discounts on payment of property taxes of 25 percent in December, 15 percent in January, and 10 percent in February, which was especially successful in December, for a very good collection. Discounts were offered to catch up on debts on services and taxes in October and November, which was also successful.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Judge requires delivery of land contracts   
Juez requiere entrega de contratos de tierras [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The contracts for the lots in Nueva Ciudad de Isla Mujeres on the mainland are still pending, and it is noted that if they are not delivered the case could be referred to the Tribunal Colegiado de Circuito Court.

Small boats in port 
Júbilo por salir al mar. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The fishermen and nautical tour providers with small boats could continue to be restricted to port by weather with winds causing waves and are advised to pay attention to advisories and forecasts.

Many tourists but few buyers  
Mucho turismo y pocos compradores. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

  Merchants on Hidalgo are complaining that sales are low in spite of a good presence of tourists. Employee Carlos May said the tourists are window shopping and purchasing inexpensive items. A merchant on Rueda Medina reported similar problems. Employee Karla M said they are waiting for Easter because the Mexican tourists buy many souvenirs for all their family and friends, although they often haggle and don't buy expensive items.

Small businesses losing little by little  
Microempresarios pierden con incrementossie.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Some small business owners that sell groceries and snacks in the colonias are complaining about slow sales, and difficulties making a profit. 

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, Manolitos,  Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.


 February Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Yoga at the Casa Cultura on Monday & Wednesday mornings at 9am and Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 6pm. On the back street, Guerrero, at Abasolo.

Feb. 2   Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 5   Sunday   8p  Noches Magicas performances  Town Square
                                  Constitution Day

Feb. 6 Monday  Day Off for Constitution Day

Feb. 9  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Sunset ~6:40p
Moon rise over the Caribbean

Feb. 10  6:39 Full Moon
Feb. 11  7:36
Feb. 12  8:31
Feb. 13  9:24
    Feb. 14  10:16   
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Feb. 12  Sunday   8p  Noches Magicas performances  Town Square

Feb. 14  Tuesday  Valentine's Day

Feb. 16  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 19  Sunday   8p  Noches Magicas performances  Town Square

Feb. 23  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 24  Friday   Flag Day

Feb. 23 or 24-28  Carnaval 
The schedule of events hasn't been published yet & it may begin on Thursday or Friday.  It usually includes two or three afternoon parades, a beach event by the Posada, dancing in the streets, at businesses, and nightly on the Town Square, with themes such as Caribbean, la Negrita, Cuban, International & Nautical. Photos by Bruce from Carnaval 2015

The Artist's Fairs are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 thru April 20. 

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