Friday, January 13, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, January 13

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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State and municipality working together for better results: Mayor Juan Carrillo  

Trabajo coordinado

 Entre Estado y Municipio para dar mejores resultados: Juan Carrillo

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ISLA MUJERES, 12 de enero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
  Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis said the City will continue to work in coordination with the state government, its agencies, and Governor Carlos Joaquín González to ensure that resources are available to benefit the families of the municipality. Investments for the benefit of the community include providing improved and increased infrastructure for the municipality, illuminated streets, rehabilitated parks, and social support programs for the families that need it most.        Mayor Carrillo Soberanis said that during his administration, his main responsibility is to ensure that families have a better quality of life in a municipality that provides them with quality services in optimal conditions.

Employees in the tourism industry are secure in their  jobs  

Firmes en sus puestos de trabajo

 Empleados de la industria turística

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ISLA MUJERES, 12 de enero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
     Although there has been a decrease in the number of visitors arriving after Christmas holidays and the end of the year, the demand for labor in hotels and restaurants remains the same or better than it was in December, according to the leader of the CROC labor union (Revolutionary Confederation of Workers and Peasants), Román Maldonado Euán. He expects that this trend will continue until after April and into early May, after the Easter holiday period         He said that the demand for labor in hotels and restaurants these days is such that currently they continue to "import" workers from Cancun, to fill the vacancies that occur almost daily. He said first priority is given to finding local workers for jobs, and then opportunities are given to outside workers.
    He said it is expected that there will be a large number of visitors to this holiday destination at this time, which should increase in February. There are high expectations by the hotels, which have reservations for events such as the yacht Regattas, and the holiday period of Easter, as well as from a large number of foreigners, mainly Americans,  who leave their country due to the cold weather. 
    He said he hopes that this year, like last year, that the number of visitors arriving does not decrease too much in May. .

Here's some background info before I translate the article below....

 Previously, the state Port Authority, APIQRoo, generally reported statistics in terms of passenger arrivals. This time, they are reported in terms of "movement" which includes both arrivals and departures, so the number of "movements" is ~double the number of arrivals.
 Here's a breakdown of APIQRoo's passenger arrival statistics in recent years, with my math in blue italics.

2010  1,051,877

2011  1,354,773   (+ ~300k)

2012   1,544,400   (+ ~190k) 14% increase
2014   1,783,267   (+ ~240 over 2 years.)

2015   2,212,591   ( + ~430k24% increase

First six months of 2015:    914,439 passenger arrivals
First six months of 2016:  1,074,708 passenger arrivals  (1,051,429 departures) 

From the article below:  2015 vs 2016 reported in "movements"
APIQROo reports "movements" for 2016 through the Maritime Terminal were 4,336,314 passengers, compared to 3,810, 686 passengers moved in 2015. This is a difference of 525,628 passengers moved in 2016, compared to 2015, or a 14 percent increase in total arrivals plus departures.
Nearly 65% increase in passenger arrivals in five years 
In 2016, former Governor Borge reported that during the five years of his administration, the number of passengers transported to Isla Mujeres increased over 64.5%, 
from 1,342,671 in 2011
      to 2,212,591 in 2015, which is a difference of  869,920 passengers.

July is one of the busiest months of the year   
      In July of 2012, there were 167,000 tourists arrivals
      In July of 2014, there were 180k visitor arrivals, an increase of 13k, over two years.
      In July of 2015,  there were  238k visitor arrivals an increase of ~58k vs the previous July.  

Over half a million visitors during summer season 2015: 
In Isla Mujeres, there were 565,571 visitors during the summer season of 2015, which is an increase of  35 percent, compared to 2014.  Other news sources reported breaking the daily arrival record with ~19,300. There were serious seaweed problems in other parts of the Mexican Caribbean, including Cancun.

Busier slow seasons with 1000 more passengers daily in September 2015     
September 2014 had an average of ~4000 passengers daily, which increased to ~5000 per day in September 2015.

>20,000 passengers per day during Christmas holidays 2015  
The Port Authority (APIQRoo) reports more than 20,000 visitors daily to the island:(Dec. 29, 2015  Diario Respuesta.)

June 2016: Hit million mark before summer season for first time 
 During the first half of 2016, the Maritime Terminal handled 1,074,708 passenger arrivals and 1,051,429 departures, for a total of 2,126,137, which represents a 15 percent increase in movement over this period last year. In the first half of 2015, 914,439 passengers arrived and the total for arrivals and departures was 1,835,728.

These increases are generally attributed to promotional efforts by officials, to achieving Pueblo Magico status & Blue Flag & White Flag designations for the beaches, and having representation at international travel fairs. Others also give credit (or blame) to social media & sites like Trip Advisor. 

 Sources: Diario Respuesta, Jan 12, 2013; Quequi Aug. 10, 2015;  Municipal FB page Aug. 24, 2105; City FB Nov. 18 2015, Isla Mujeres News FB, Nov 19 2015,  Diario Respuesta, Dec. 29, 2015 : TVIM July 7 2016;


Year closed with excellent statistics 

Nuevo éxito en destino

Cerró el año con excelentes cifras que superaron incluso a Isla de Cozumel

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ISLA MUJERES, 11 de enero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.

**NOTE:  "Movements" includes both departures and arrivals, so the number of passengers arriving are approximately half of these totals. ~~editor
    The Director of the Port Authority of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo), Alicia Ricalde Magaña, reported that 4,336, 314 passengers were moved thru the Maritime Terminal of Isla Mujeres during 2016, compared to 3,810, 686 in 2015, which is a difference of over 525, 628 passengers, and a 14 percent increase in "movements".  This is 624,410 more passengers moved than in Cozumel, which represents 17 percent more movement.  
        She said that at the end of last year the ports of the state registered operations that broke all records for the movement of passengers and boats, both "de ruta" (boats crossing routinely, like ferries) and the cruise ships. This allows the residents of the state to have more job  opportunities and to improve their economic status.
    Statistics are given for Cozumel, which include a 7 percent increase in arrivals of cruise ships, from 1246 ships in 2015 to 1337 in 2016. 

Kilo of tortillas to increase to 19 pesos  

Kilo de tortilla llegaría a $19

 A partir de mañana, confirman

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ISLA MUJERES, 11 de enero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
     Román Collí Kú, representative of the millers, said that it is expected that the price of a kilo of tortillas will be increased by 2 pesos, after the next shipment of flour arrives on Friday, when they will know how much the flour prices will rise. They should know how much the price will be of tortillas on Monday, and probably increase the price then, or during the week.  He said they are unable to maintain the current prices of 16 pesos per kilo without a wrapper, and 17 pesos wrapped.


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

The Mayor attended the state Congress to commemorate the #42th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of #QuintanaRoo.

The swearing in  of Ms. Paola Orrico de Carrillo as honorary President of the DIF volunteers took place this evening.
She endorsed volunteering to work in conjunction with the state DIF so that they can continue to provide quality services to families, children and senior citizens, and to all the people who require the support of this institution, and in this way they can continue to improve the quality of life for the islanders.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)…/Full article at this link
On Thursday, the US government put an end to the "wet foot, dry foot"  policy for Cubans, which was implemented in 1995 by the administration of Bill Clinton, and allowed Cubans to stay in America if they could get to land without being intercepted. From now on, they will need to meet the same requirements as other immigrants arriving in the country.…/Full article at this link
Police are monitoring the stores in Isla Mujeres because there has been looting in other parts of the country.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Gas stations adjust to established price  
Gasolineras se ajustaron al precio establecido [+] Ver mas
          The three gas stations that supply the vehicles and boats in Isla Mujeres reported they are adjusting prices so they do not vary from other municipalities of Quintana Roo. 
         It is unofficial news that the rates for the cargo ferry will increase next week. .        The Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) authorized the prices of the three types of fuel for Quintana Roo as follows: for Magna, 15.90; Premiun, 17.67; And Diesel, 16.97 pesos, (except for the municipality of José María Morelos which is less).
    However, at the Oxxo subsidiary, they were charging two cents less the diesel, at 16:95, but  it is the policy of each station to promote sales with these type of promotions, said a representative at the Central office in response to a phone inquiry.

      Regarding the unofficial news of a rate increase next week for the cargo ferry from Punta Sam, , the President of the business organization CANACO, Juan Carrillo Figueroa, said this will cause a spiral of increasing prices for products and services.         When asked about the first effects for the commercial fishermen, the members of the cooperatives: Caribe, Patria & Progreso, Justicia Social, Isla Blanca and  Makax, agreed that it is difficult to pay 1990 pesos for 100 liters of gasoline to go out to dive, when ten years ago they could have bought twice as much for the same price.
    They have not posted new prices for fish or lobster, however these prices could increase in February, to 700 pesos per kilo of tails, according to an announcement a few weeks ago by the President of the Federation of Cooperatives of Quintana Roo, Baltazar Gomez Catzin.
     Those involved in the merchant and transport industry, say that suppliers who transport beverages, breads, and other foods for stores will be paying higher prices if the cargo ferry rates increase next week.

Stores haven't changed prices  
Sin cambios en los precios .. [+] Ver mas
   Representatives of the six department stores on the island say they have not raised prices for groceries, merchandise, or produce, and they have not received any instructions to increase prices. These include Chedraui, Super Xpress, Oxxo, 7-Eleven, Dunosusa and Super Willy's.  Employees also say prices have not been increased but some consumers say some prices have risen. Merchants at the downtown Mercado, "Javier Rojo Gómez", say the increased gas prices will be a problem, especially since they must compete with street vendors selling produce. The mercado at La Gloria, "Audomaro Magaña", is only half occupied and has few sales.

Winners to proceed to regional baseball tournament
El campeón confirma su participación en el próximo torneo+] Ver mas
  On Sunday, the team "SNTA" won the baseball tournament and will continue on to the regional competition in the Tecnológica League. They beat the tough Isla Mujeres team, Pescadores, who were hoping for a second championship. Information about Sunday's game is given, and the names of the team's players. The team manager is Armando Fraga, who gave the interview.

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January Events
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Jan. 1 Sunday  New Year's Day

Jan. 5 Thursday 4-9 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 6  Friday  Three King's Day   Children receive presents & the holiday season ends

Sunset ~6:25p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Jan. 12  6:55  Full Moon
Jan. 13  7:56
Jan. 14  8:55
Jan. 15  9:51
  Jan. 16  10:44
    Jan. 17   11:36  
Painting by Pam Haase Link to website
Yoga at the Casa Cultura on Monday & Wednesday mornings at 9am and Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 6pm. On the back street, Guerrero, at Abasolo.

Jan. 12  Thursday  Artist Fair 4-9  Casa de Cultura, featuring the Rolling Papers a very talented local Reggae band from 6- 8. After the music seems like there is always a surprise, will it be Mayan Warriors? Fire Dancers? Jugglers? Only way to find out is to be there. DRINK BEER….BUY ART…..EAT FOOD…..DANCE…..HAVE FUN.

Jan. 15 Sunday 8p Town Square Noches Magicas performance

Jan. 19 Thursday  4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 22 Sunday 8p  Town Square Noches Magicas performance

Jan. 26  Thursday  4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 29  Sunday 8p  Town Square Noches Magicas performance

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

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