Thursday, March 30, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, March 30

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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Mayor Juan Carrillo at Tourism Convention: More economic benefits 

Más beneficios económicos

Asegura Juan Carrillo en escaparate turístico

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ISLA MUJERES, 29 de marzo.- .
Leer más...Full article at this link

        During the "Acapulco 2017" Tourism Tianguis Convention of Mexico, which took place from March 26 to 30, the City of Isla Mujeres, led of the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, worked steadily at promoting the municipality as one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country. 
     Mexico is one of the most visited destinations by international tourists, receiving more than 30 million a year. Isla Mujeres received 2.4 million domestic and foreign visitors last year. The Mayor pledged to continue the work of positioning the municipality through appropriate promotion to increase the interest of various companies, which will contribute to the economic improvement of all island families and ensure the influx of  domestic and foreign tourists.
      Isla Mujeres has been designated as a Pueblo Magico, and won the Traveler's Choice award 2017 as one of the top 25 beach destinations worldwide. During the first quarter of this year, five hotels are under construction (on the mainland). The island also participates in the "Let's Travel all over Mexico" program which promotes national tourism and facilitates more low income people to get to know the wonders of their country.
   At the Convention, the island's booth was one of the most popular in the Mexican Caribbean Pavilion.

Success at the Tianguis Tourism Convention

Island attractions capture attention

Exito en Tianguis

 Atractivos de ínsula captan atención de turisteros

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ACAPULCO, 28 de marzo.-
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See City section ...

Fixing the buoys at Playa Norte in response to complaints 

Colocan sistema de boyas

 En Playa Norte, tras sentida demanda

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ISLA MUJERES, 28 de marzo.-
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See TVIM section....


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

      The City of Isla Mujeres, headed by the municipal president, Juan Carillo Soberanis, carried out the installation of the mobile module of the National Fund for the Consumption of Workers (Fonacot). It is expected that there are about one hundred workplaces on the island affiliated with the institute who workers will benefit from the services offered by the mobile module.
     The general secretary of the City of Isla Mujeres, Joel Saury Galué, who represented the mayor, thanked Fonacot for their interest in bringing this wide variety of services and consumer goods for credit, and invited workers to use their Fonacot credit in a responsible way to avoid future borrowings that compromise their well-being. 
    The module will be operating with a biweekly visit program and will be located at different points of the municipal palace in schedules from 9 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon. The objective of these modules is bring information not only to City employees, but also the staff of other companies, about these services which are provided by the law, in addition to being able to consult various services such as: clarification request; request refund; Credit card activation; Balances and movements; Account status inquiries; Dissemination of advertising, among others.

Isla Mujeres was successfully promoted and represented at the Tianguis Tourism Convention in Acapulco, 42nd edition, the most important tourism fair in Mexico. Isla Mujeres is experiencing growth in 2017 with investors constructing 5 new hotels with 3053 rooms (in the mainland part of the municipality). This tourism destination is experiencing a renewal phase, with the arrival of foreign and domestic capital, mainly due to the search for new market segments such as weddings, ecotourism, family tourism, and by having meetings with travel agencies and tour operators from Peru, Canada, USA, Australia, and Mexico.
    The wedding segment is experiencing rapid growth in the Quintana Roo destinations of Cancun and Riviera Maya, with expansion to Isla Mujeres where at least three local wedding planners have opened recently.
     The mayor, who headed the island delegation, and also in attendance were the governor of Quintana Roo Carlos Joaquín González and the Federal Secretary of Tourism Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, 
   Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, reported that 5 new hotels are being built in the mainland area.of the municipality. Isla Mujeres receives 2.4 million tourists annually, with the majority coming from the United States, Canada and Mexico.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Isla Mujeres will celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of living viacrusis (Passion of Christ/Stations of the Cross). There is a video captioned, "Everything is ready for the XXV anniversary of the Víacrusis Viviente…/

Putting out the first buoys to delimit area for swimmers in Isla Mujeres-…/
       Work began on Monday to improve the buoy lines on Playa Norte to protect the swimmers, following complaints on social media. The Director of Civil Protection, Berman Graniel said they have been asking for assistance with this from ZOFEMAT since January. Norte winds blew the buoy lines out of place and some of the buoys were lost. They were placing the first 400 buoys from Playa Chichis to Buhos and then will need 400 more to go to the Mia Hotel by playa Riíto.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Erosion of North Beach continues  
Deterioro de Playa Norte, imparable+] Ver masFull article at this link

  Erosion from the strong northern winds of the "nortes" have caused erosion along the western part of North Beach, limiting the ability of tourists to walk along the edge of the beach, so that they must walk through the rocks or detour into the private areas. This is also due to the deterioration of the seven geotubes that were installed in 2007, due to a lack of maintenance, which had been preventing erosion previously in that area.
      An area of about 10,000 square meters that was formerly beach is now underwater.  This is also in the area where the submarine electrical cables connect with the underground cables. There have been complaints online from tourists about the erosion, and about the rocks in that area. One concession holder has reactivated wooden barriers in the sea to try and hold the sand, which is a common technique used on the island, and remains of them can be observed along Playa Norte near the Lima family properties.

INFONACOT brought a mobile unit to the island 
Infonacot instala un módulo móvil en la isla. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
See City section above.

TELMEX internet speed problems not resolved
No puede resolver el problema de velocidad de Internet.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

      Managers and employees quietly confirm  that the company Teléfonos de México (Telmex) has problems to solve regarding the slow Internet speeds in the colonias of Isla Mujeres, where there have been complaints about network interruptions since the beginning of the year.
     Although in the northern part of the island, in the downtown area, the problem is no longer of the magnitude of last year, according to a director of the Association of Small Hotels Fascinante Isla Mujeres. This  organization has been holding meetings with executives of Telmex over the past two years to address the problem.
    Currently, Telmex has no plans to introduce fiber optic networks anytime soon to solve the problem of speed,  meanwhile users of luxury hotels are accustomed to high speeds in first world destinations for tourism in the United States, Canada and Europe.  
         Problems arise at night because the Telmex technicians are working to improve the network. This problem is confirmed by company workers, and  coincides with the complaints from students, who are at home then but cannot do their homework using the Internet until midnight.


Approaching deadlines for payments  

Resta poco para pagos estatales. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Motorists have until Thursday March 30 to take beat the deadline and take advantage of the discounts to pay 686 pesos for renewal of vehicle plates and 289 for motorcycle plates, providing they are up to date. Fines and enforcement operations will begin in April, and costs could double with surcharges and fines. Citizen response to this program has been positive, and more than 60 percent of taxpayers have competed the process.
  The deadline for renewal is alcoholic beverage licenses expired in February, but due to poor response it was extended for the whole month of March. Now that only a few days remain in this month of the 300 licenses, 180 have paid, which is about 60 percent.

Passion of Christ reenactment on Good Friday 
Vía Crucis viviente el Viernes Santo[+] Ver masFull article at this link
  On Good Friday, April 14, about 75 actors are expected to participate in the reenactment of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, which is part of the celebrations of the 500 years since Catholicism came to these lands. This will be the 25th anniversary of this celebration of the Passion of Christ in Isla Mujeres, and will include all the actors who have played Christ over those 25 years.
   Holy Week begins April 9th with Palm Sunday, with the blessing of the palms and more emphasis will be given to the entrance of Christ (played for the sixth time by Wenceslao Trejo Martinez) into Jerusalem, riding on a small burro, as it says in the Scriptures.
   A press conference was held about the event by parish priest Raul Sanchez, who explained that more than 30,000 pesos are being invested in the event, since it celebrates the 25 years of this event as well as 500 years since Isla Mujeres was encountered by Europeans, bringing Catholicism. They are getting new armor from Guadalajara for the Roman soldiers, and a renovation to the wardrobes of the main characters, so they will look more professional and realistic, as well as the costs of the burro.
    Azalia León Pastrana will play the role of the Virgin Mary. According to the calendar of activities, on April 13, Holy Thursday, the ceremony of Foot Washing and the representation of the Last Supper will take place; Good Friday will begin at the Sacred Heart Church (in la Gloria), at 10:30 in the morning, with the representation of the Stations of the Cross, and will culminate at three in the afternoon at the Church of the Immaculate Conception (on the Town Square) with the crucifixion of Christ.

More than 120 boats expected in fishing tournament   
Más de 120 embarcaciones en torneo de pesca [+] Ver masFull aticle at this link

More than 120 boats are expected to participate in the XIV edition of the "Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña" Fishing Tournament, to be held on May 19, 20 and 2, which offers more than 1 million pesos in cash and prizes. The event was promoted at the Expo Adventure 2017 in Merida recently. 
      They are currently searching for sponsors to fund the prizes and the next stage will take place soon and is the sending of electronic information to all the participants in previous editions, as well as to the marinas of Quintana Roo, Campeche and Yucatan. 
      The island experiences a positive economic benefit from this event. In addition to the sports activity, the hotels report 100 percent occupancy, as do the golf cart rental companies and restaurants, said organizer Humberto Moguel.  He said they will also try to promote the tournament to the US states where sports fishing boats are common, like Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and North Carolina.  They hope to exceed the 114 boats registered last year.

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 March Events
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Wednesday March 1  Ash Wednesday, beginning of Lent

Thursday, March 2  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Be proud to be an islander. Don't miss it!
500 years since discovery 1517-2017
Start of the Commemoration

Friday March 3
Official Ceremony to commemorate 500 years since the discovery of Isla Mujeres
9am at the eastern Malecon by the Paso de la Triguena (east of the Town Square by the bathrooms)

Carnaval Dance Troupe from Holbox "Las Dormadoras" dancing in the streets of Isla Mujeres.

Saturday March 4
Cultural Artistic Festival with the Ballet Folklorico of the State of Quintana Roo
"The Setting is Quintana Roo"
"Trova Islena"
Accompanied by the musical group "Mar y Arena" (Sea & Sand)
8pm Town Square

Monday, March 6  Town Square 5:30 The City of Isla Mujeres invites the island community to participate in a Zumba demonstration class as part of the International Day of Women.

Wednesday, March 8  International Women's Day

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

Saturday, March 11  International DJ Day with guest DJ's outside the Casa del la Cultura 1p-10p

Sunset ~6:50p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
March 12  7:12 Full Moon
March 13  8:05
March 14  8:56
March 15  9:47
 March 16  10:37
   March 17  11:26  
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Celebrations for St. Jose start Thursday, March 16 and conclude Monday, March 20 with a Mass at 7pm that is preceded by a kerme in front of the Immaculate Conception church on the Town Square. Novenas are at 7p nightly with locations TBA. Link  

Thursday, March 16  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Friday, March 17  St. Patrick's Day World Maritime Day

Saturday, March 18 Oil Expropriation Day

Sunday March 19  8pm on the Town Square for Noches Magicas there will be a belly dancing show by dancers from the US & Argentina and a Carnaval performance by the always impressive troupes of the Renatta Dance Studio.

Monday March 20  Equinox & Day off for Benito Juarez's birthday
Mass for San Jose at Immaculate Concepcion Church at 6:30p, followed by a kerme (fair) in the Town Square,whose proceeds will be used to pay for the restoration work on the church.

Tuesday, March 21 Benito Juarez's birthday

Thursday, March 23 3:30- 8:30  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

From Isla Brewery: 
Are you ready for some “GOOD TIMES”? Then join us at this week’s Artist Fair, Thursday 3:30 – 8:30 at the Casa de Cultura in Isla Mujeres. No need for scratching and surviving to find one of a kind pieces of art from the island’s super talented artist.
Local food, we got it. Cafeteando Coffee and Bread- awesome empanadas, Beachin' Burrito-California style burritos, Bobo's Grill & Bar- fried chicken, La Chatita-excellent tacos, and many more food options.
Our popular Indian Pale Ale “La Mordida” took last week off, but it is fresh out of the brite tank and incredibly delicious.
Music this week is “Frecuencia Tropical“ a very popular island band that had a “temporary layoff” several years ago, but they are going to play a “reunion show” from 6-8.
“Ain’t we lucky we got em”


Saturday, March 25 Yoga on beach in front of the Posada Hotel. 150 pesos Registration 4p

Thursday, March 30   Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun
Isla Brewery posted.....♫Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a great event♫ Weekly Artist Fair at the Casa de Cultura 3:30 – 8:30 is happening Thursday March 29th. It has continued to draw groups of really amazing people. Awesome Art, Delicious Food, Cold Beer, and Great Music. This week we have a Traditional Cuban Band Sincopa desde Cuba, they are a regular feature at Ciro’s new restaurant Rincón Cubano, and they are awesome, check them out 6 – 8.

Saturday, April 1 at the Casa de la Cultura 5pm: Festokin with musical guests: Elefangs, Los Afectados, Ultra P, @Kiritz, Isla Sounds Mexico, Mindblowing Sound Corp, and spirulahelix. Creative talent includes muralists, graffiti artists, body painters & more.

The Artist's Fairs are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 3:30-8:30 thru April 20.

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