Saturday, July 1, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, July 1

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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Promoting Isla Mujeres to Korean tourists

Van sobre turistas coreanos

 Grandes expectativas en atractivo mercado

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ISLA MUJERES, 30 de junio.-
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     The Municipal Tourism Office, through the Office of Visitors and Conventions (OVC) of Cancun, stepped up efforts to promote Isla Mujeres to the Korean market as a tourism destination. Previously, images of Isla Mujeres were promoted in the magazine "Travelers". Later, during the Christmas-New Year holidays, Delta had flights from Korea that would stop over in the United States, and have Cancun as their final destination. Yesterday morning, a group of Koreans toured the island including photographers and models, who spent several hours taking pictures. They took pictures of the attractive wooden houses downtown, Punta Sur and the Sculpture Park, and the Muncada Hacienda. It is noted that this promotional work took place during the first six months of the year and is expected to result in a good influx of visitors, in the end.

Intense promotion as a Pueblo Magico: Mayor Juan Carrillo 

Intensa promoción

 Para consolidar Pueblo Mágico: Juan Carrillo

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ISLA MUJERES, 30 de junio.-
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- Reaffirming his commitment to retain the municipality as a leader among the tourist destinations in Mexico, municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis and the City of Isla Mujeres, through the Municipal Pueblo Magico Committee, are carrying out an intense promotion of the island for the benefit of the economy of its inhabitants. At the City Council meeting, the importance of maintaining this recognition was emphasized, which contributes to the value of the island, which has offered a fresh, diverse alternative for domestic and foreign visitors due to its natural, cultural, and historical wealth which dates back 500 years.
   Isla Mujeres received the Pueblo Magico designation in 2015, and in 2016, at the Third National Pueblo Magico Fair, received the award for "Development of the First Cadena Productiva / Productive Chain". 
   The Mayor said, "Being a Pueblo Magico undoubtedly brings many benefits to all islanders, including that visitors are assured that we are a destination which is full of culture, that cares and preserves its natural and historical attractions. Therefore, this administration has the commitment and the conviction to continue working to maintain us as a municipal leader in the state."
   He said, "Despite unfounded allegations, Isla Mujeres remains a leader as a Pueblo Magico and as a symbol of Quintana Roo; I am committed to maintaining our recognition as a Pueblo Magico for the benefit of the economies of all island families." 
   The Director of Pueblo Magico in the municipality, Kilma Karina Figueroa Rejon, said this year they will continue to carry out the program developed by the Secretary of Tourism (SECTUR) and they are confident that the municipality will retain the designation, since it is a national leader among sites that have this title. 
   The municipal government reaffirmed its commitment to fulfilling its role in preserving this recognition through works such as documentation of innovation and strengthening of tourism products, excursions, tours, packages, etc.; evaluations of the impact of tourism development; maintaining commercial relationships with intermediaries of tourism services; a statistical information system; and a detailed report of activities, among other efforts


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

Mayor offers support to artist 
      In support of local artistic talent, Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis gave a financial incentive to artist Dhante Loyola to head the Mexican delegation at the Caribbean Culture Festival being held July 3-11 in Santiago de Cuba. Sr. Loyola works as a professor of fine arts at the Isla Mujeres Casa de la Cultur and at the Jean Piaget Caribe school.
   The "Fiesta del Fuego" (Festival of Fire) is held every year in Santiago de Cuba, with the purpose of promoting the exchange of opinions and experiences among artists from different genres and styles throughout the entire Caribbean.       The Mayor said, "It is an honor that our municipality is a vital part of this artistic show that will take place in Cuba, so we offer all our support and continue to encourage artists from different disciplines to show their work and talent in other places."


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Our Pueblo Magico is ready for summer: Mayor JCS…/

  Thanks to the efforts of the City of Isla Mujeres, headed by the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, to keep the destination clean and safe, thousands of national and foreign visitors are expected to visit during the summer holiday period.
      The Mayor said, "The municipal government and local entrepreneurs have been working hand in hand to make Isla Mujeres a benchmark - in our country and in the world - as one of the most important beach destinations, which undoubtedly has left great economic benefits for all island citizens."    The mayor said that in order to continue with the growth and development of the island, it is necessary to carry out work to ensure the care of natural attractions and preservation of security, which is ongoing, continual work for all agencies.       The beaches of Isla Mujeres are known for their crystalline waters and white sand, which has led them to receive important decorations such as "Blue Flag" - at Playa Centro─ and White Flag - at North Beach. These certifications are maintained by the municipality through the daily work of the staff of the Federal Maritime Zone (Zofemat), who keep the beaches free of pollution, clean and with the best possible infrastructure.         In addition, the municipality is characterized by the tranquility and permanence of crime rates below the national average, thanks to the outstanding participation of the Department of Public Safety and Traffic, which monitors compliance with security measures in all areas of Isla Mujeres.
     The Mayor said, "The islanders do not rest on their laurels; we want to be always be improving, and these designations are proof that our municipality is exceptional. We are an extraordinary Pueblo Magico that will continue working toward sustainable development which  benefits the economy of all the families of Isla Mujeres."         The mayor said that although a high number of visitors are expected from all parts of the country and abroad, society and municipal government must join efforts to provide better service to tourists so that when they return to their place of origin are the main promoters of the municipality.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Hoteliers want Tourism Promotional Agency returned

Exigen el retorno del Fideicomiso de Promoción.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Four years ago the Fideicomiso de Promoción de Isla Mujeres was discontinued and incorporated into the OVC (Convention Office of Cancun). It as been nine months since hoteliers asked for its return, and they have not had a favorable response from the state. They want results from the 10 million pesos paid annually for the Lodging Tax (IAH..Impuesto de Hospedaje) and to know how it is spent.

Car ferry rates unchanged
El ferry mantendrá su tarifa. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  It is noted that for 450 pesos on the car ferry, you can cross to the island from Punta Sam with a family of five and a compact car, while that would cost 600 pesos for one way tickets on the Ultramar just for the passenger tickets, from Puerto Juarez.
    A compact car is 292 pesos, the driver is free, adult passengers are 40 pesos, and children 3-9 pay 15 pesos. For a one way crossing, motorcycles are 99 pesos, bicycle is 93, vehicles up to 6 meters are 511, minivan 668, and prices are given for larger vehicles.

Miraculous rescue of an Israeli tourist
Milagroso rescate de turista israelí[+] Ver masFull article at this link

June 20 An Israeli tourist was rescued at an early hour this morning by a boat crew several miles north of Isla Mujeres, after having gone swimming at night at North Beach, while intoxicated. The boat crew spotted him, put him in their boat, brought him back to the island, and turned him over to the police at 8am.
      He was released after his legal status in Mexico was corroborated by the federal authorities, and it was determined that he had no health problems.
            According to reports, at 8pm, the visitor made the mistake of swimming outside the buoys at North Beach while drunk, and the current dragged him northward. His friends noticed he was gone and a search protocol was set up unsuccessfully during the night.
       Fortunately, he was found by chance near Isla Contoy National Park by fishermen from Isla Mujeres. Strangely, the tourist covered his face whenever someone tried to take his picture.
        This is the first incident of this type where a tourist went swimming beyond the buoys while intoxicated and the strong currents prevented him from returning to the shore. Accidents have occurred due to boat crashes or a large group going swimming in the Bay.

Commitment to improving medical care 
Compromiso de mejorar la atención médica [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Amid citizen complaints about the poor service offered at the Community Hospital of Isla Mujeres, the Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis said he is joining efforts with the state Ministry of Health for the benefit of families on the island and in the Continental Zone. They have been bringing free health service to rural areas. This week they are fumigating in 53 colonias of the Continental Zone, as well as in Francisco May. He encouraged residents. to pay attention to the Health Campaigns and take advantage of the free services. Meanwhile on the island, complaints continue that the hospital lacks specialists, and needs better customer relations.

Human Rights Commission wants an explanation 
Derechos Humanos exige una explicación.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

- Following a citizen's complaint about the of lack of X-ray service at the Community Hospital, the Human Rights Commission of Quintana Roo (Cdheqroo) addressed the issue and opened a notification file requiring a response from the Director of the Hospital explain the cause of the deficiency of this service, and other specialized services. 
        Once the five working days have expired and the official reply is received, there will be a maximum of six months to prove whether or not there has been a violation of the rights of patients. 
The Deputy Vice-Province of Cdheqroo, Martha Puc Laynez, said, "It has been pointed out that there is no personnel or radiologist, nor is there specialized service in other branches of medicine, even though there are facilities and equipment."
     Residents complain that although the government changed nine months ago, things have not changed at the hospital. They say there was better service at the previous hospital, and now there is a spacious but empty building, without the same quality of personnel. On Wednesday, it was published that it is useless to have an X-ray machine when there is no radiologist to operate it, and to top it off, it was incorrectly installed. Now residents must cross to Cancun for this service, which represents a high expense for tickets.  
   The hospital cost more than 100 million pesos, of which 80 percent when for the construction and 20 percent for equipment.
The hospital has 13 beds, emergency care areas, hospitalization area, operating room, delivery room, recovery area, clinics, trauma room, hyperbaric chamber (I think it was intended to have this, they are still using the chamber behind the old hospital) sterilization area and digital x-ray diagnostic service, with special walls, as well as ultrasound, dental service, oxygen, cabling for voice and data, as well as areas for governing body and medical residency. However, not everything is operated due to a lack of staff.

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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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July Events
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July 2 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square will feature the dance troupe "Play Dance" of the City of Benito Juarez (Cancun) performing choreography inspired by Disney's Moana.

July 4, Tuesday   Blue Flag raising ceremony on Playa Centro. Independence Day in the US.

                                                                    Sunset ~7:30
July  8   7:14
July 9   8:01
July 10  8:46
July 11  9:30
July 12  10:11
July 13  10:52 
July 14   11.32
Dates haven't been announced yet for the Maya Riviera Film Festival, which usually presents films in Isla Mujeres at the Posada beach (Playa Centro).

July 9 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

July 16 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

July 20-23 Thurs-Sun Whale Shark Festival  LINK to Fb page. To website.

July 23 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

July 30 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

August 5 Women's Fishing Tournament Dorada del Caribe (New date)
August 19 Barracude Fishing Tournament (New date)

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