Tourism execs assess Wilma damage

The Mark Travel Corporation’s chief operating officer Bill La Macchia, Jr., flew into Cancun to make a first-hand assessment of the Riviera Maya in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma. The Mark Travel Corporation carries about a million passengers a year to Mexico through its vacation companies that include Funjet Vacations, TransGlobal Vacations, ATA Vacations, United Vacations and US Airways Vacations.

La Macchia, by telephone, briefed other company executives today following a meeting he had with the Governor of Quintana Roo, Felix Gonzalez Canto, and Secretary of Tourism, Gabriela Rodriguez.

La Macchia has been touring the Riviera Maya region for the past two days and said, “I am very pleased and happy with the progress they are making in the recovery effort. The Playa del Carmen and 5th Avenue area is already open and ready for business. The rest of the Riviera Maya, south of Cancun, is also much better than I expected. Right now, about 50 percent of the properties are open and fully-operational. By mid-December, the Governor of Quintana Roo and hoteliers say 75 percent of the hotels will be fully open by mid-December, and they are on-track for 95 percent operational by year-end in Maya Riviera.”

Governor Canto told La Macchia he is very pleased with the progress and confident with the investment that is being made in Cancun. There are ample hotels and restaurants open in the Riviera Maya that are ready to provide people with an enjoyable experience.

La Macchia concluded, “I’ve been driving around and have seen it myself. There should be no hesitation to book a vacation here for this winter. People from other countries are already here enjoying the destination.”

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Funjet Vacations—www.funjet.com—has posted first-hand pictures and information of Riviera Maya at http://rivieramayaupdate.blogspot.com.
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