Thursday, November 10, 2005

“Estamos Abiertos – We are Open”

The Mark Travel Corporation’s chief operating officer and executive vice president, Bill La Macchia, Jr., is in the Riviera Maya right now assessing the Riviera Maya in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma. (Mark Travel is the parent company for Funjet Vacations).

Today La Macchia met with the Governor of Quintana Roo, Felix González Canto, and Secretary of Tourism, Gabriella Rodriguez. He said the meeting was very positive, with the Governor concluding, “Estamos abiertos,” Spanish for “We are open.”

First-Hand Account from the Riviera Maya

La Macchia has been touring the Riviera Maya region for the past two days. Here is a recount of the visit, in his own words.

I am very pleased and happy with the progress they are making in the recovery effort. Nobody should have any hesitation in booking a winter vacation to the Riviera Maya. The Playa del Carmen and 5th Avenue area is already open and ready for business. I spent last night here at the Royal Porto Real and you wouldn’t even know a hurricane went through the area.

The rest of the Riviera Maya, south of Cancun, is also much better than I expected. Right now, more than 50% of the properties are open and fully-operational. By mid-December, the Governor of Quintana Roo and hoteliers say 75% of the hotels will be fully open and they are on-track for 95% operational by year-end in Maya Riviera.

I’ve been driving around and have seen it myself. The scaffolding is up, trucks are making their way, and people from all over the state are coming into Cancun to help with the recovery. There should be no hesitation to book a vacation here for this winter. People from other countries are already here enjoying the destination. In some places, you would never know there was a hurricane.

In others, there is so much activity and rebuilding – it’s exciting to see, and it’s going to be better than ever before.

I’m flying back tomorrow and will have some photos to share with you then.


The Governor of Quintana Roo (which includes Cancun, Cozumel and the Riviera Maya) Felix González Canto welcomed La Macchia to the region. The Mark Travel Corporation is the largest tour operator to Mexico and the Governor wanted to detail for La Macchia, personally, the progress on the recovery efforts and plans to bring tourists back to the region.

Tomorrow, we’ll post some comments from the Governor and photos of him with Bill.


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