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New Government Environmental Fees for all Hotel Guests in Puerto Morelos and Cancun

Are you staying at Grand Residences in Puerto Morelos or will you be traveling to Cancun this year? If so, we would like to share information about two new municipal taxes that will affect you. As part of their work to protect the environment, the Benito Juarez (Cancun) and Puerto Morelos Municipal Governments will begin charging an Environmental Sanitation Fee to all hotel and resort guests in their districts.

In Puerto Morelos, the new environmental tax came into effect on January 1, 2019 and applies to owners and guests staying at Grand Residences by Royal Resorts.

The Benito Juarez municipal authorities will begin charging the new tax on March 1 and it will apply to members and guests staying at the Royal Resorts in Cancun.

In accordance with Municipal Finance Laws in Puerto Morelos, and to be implemented in Benito Juarez (Cancun) on March 1, the Environmental Sanitation Fee that will be charged to your account at check out is as follows:

Room:                                                $24.18 pesos per night
Suite:                                                  $24.18 pesos per night
Villa (2 or 3-bedroom):                  $48.36 pesos per night

This fee is not covered by the annual Club Service Fees for Royal Resorts or Grand Residences members or by All-Inclusive room rates.

What will the taxes be used for?

The proceeds from this new Green Fee will be used to contribute to environmental protection and sanitation initiatives in Cancun and Puerto Morelos, such as:

  • Beach cleaning
  • Water treatment
  • Waste collection
  • Reduction of carbon emissions with LED lighting
  • Reef conservation
  • Coastal wetland management
  • Reforestation and other programs geared towards making Cancun and Puerto Morelos more sustainable destinations

Why is an Environmental Tax needed?

The white sand beaches and coral reefs of the Mexican Caribbean are world-famous; its jungles and wetlands are home to rare species of birds and animals. Yet visitor numbers and population growth are outpacing public services and placing pressure on area ecosystems. More action is needed to improve water treatment and waste management for the health of the environment. The new Green Fees charged by the Benito Juarez and Puerto Morelos Municipal Governments will be used for such programs.

In the Riviera Maya, the Solidaridad Municipal Government began charging an Environmental Sanitation Fee to all hotel guests in Playa del Carmen and the surrounding area in the fall of 2017. The Isla Mujeres municipal government has also introduced an eco tax for hotel guests.

Worldwide, popular tourist destinations ranging from Barcelona to the Maldives have implemented similar green taxes.

 

 

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Cancun vacation ideas, six trips to try this year

Here are some Cancun vacation ideas for your next trip, make this the year that you discover more of the Mexican Caribbean and Yucatan. Thomas More Travel, the in-house travel agency at Royal Resorts will be your trusted guide as you embark on a journey that will take you to see ancient Mayan cities and the villages of their descendants, colonial cities, hidden beaches and cenotes, nature reserves teeming with wildlife and adventure parks for a fun day out with the family. Here are some ideas for your 2019 travel experiences:

Island hopping

Visit the four treasures of the Mexican Caribbean, its islands: Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Contoy and Holbox, all beautiful and with their own charms.

If you are in Cancun, then Isla Mujeres is the easiest island to visit; it’s just a short ferry ride across the bay and is famous for picture-perfect Playa Norte. Eco trips are available to Contoy, a palm-lined island bird sanctuary north of Isla Mujeres and Cancun.

Ferries to Cozumel, Mexico’s largest inhabited island and world-famous dive destination, operate from Playa del Carmen during the day. In addition to its spectacular reefs, Cozumel offers lovely beaches, lagoons and jungles and the vibrant capital of San Miguel. With its Mayan archaeological sites and pirate past, it is steeped in history.

The fourth in the island quartet is peaceful Holbox, a place to leave the frenetic pace of modern life behind and reconnect with nature. Long walks on the beach, a rustic fishing village, fishing and birding trips, glorious sunsets, fresh seafood and the chance to see the whale sharks, manta rays and sea turtles in the summer are its charms. Located off the Gulf coast of northern Quintana Roo, it is a half-hour ferry ride from the port of Chiquila.

Go snorkeling or diving

From the Cancun Underwater Art Museum to the reefs in Puerto Morelos, Akumal and the coral kingdom of Cozumel, the Mesoamerican Reef has many marvels to show you.

And if you are due to visit Cancun in the summer and you love nature, don’t miss the chance to take an eco trip to see the whale sharks that gather in the waters east of Isla Mujeres, Contoy and off Holbox to feast on plankton.

Visit Rio Lagartos and Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserves

From sightings of flamingos and wood storks to exciting boat rides along canals winding through the mangrove forest, get ready for a day of natural wonders and adventure in these two amazing biosphere reserves. Rio Lagartos is located on the Gulf coast of the Yucatan and Sian Ka’an is in central Quintana Roo.

Discover Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Valladolid

Spend the day exploring eastern Yucatan, a land of mighty Mayan cities, colonial towns and villages and mysterious cenotes deep in the forest.

Start at Chichen Itza, the ancient Mayan capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for the Pyramid of Kukulcan, the Temple of the Jaguars, the Observatory, the Ball Court, the Sacred Well and many other temples and palaces.

Ek Balam is a 20-minute drive north of the town of Valladolid and while smaller than Chichen Itza, is no less interesting. Climb the Acropolis to see the ornate stucco bas-relief depicting ancient rulers and nobles and take in the panoramic views of the forest.

After a refreshing dip in one of the area’s many cenotes you’ll be ready for lunch and a stroll through the streets and squares of historic Valladolid.

Take a Mexican Cooking Class

Want to know the secrets of the Mexican kitchen? Take a class at a Cooking School in Cancun or Puerto Morelos and learn how to make salsas and a range of delicious dishes from cochinita pibil and perfect guacamole to beef fillet in beer and frijoles charros.

Bacalar Bound

The Lagoon of Seven Colors is in southern Quintana Roo but it is definitely worth the drive. Seven colors, aquamarine, azure, turquoise and indigo, shimmer in the sun in this long lake set in the emerald green of the jungle and mangroves. There are boat trips and kayaks for charter in Bacalar village.

Built in 1729 to protect the village from marauding pirates, the colonial San Felipe Fort overlooking the lagoon now houses a Pirate Museum.

Book your Mexican Caribbean and Yucatan trips with Thomas More Travel

We hope these Cancun vacation ideas give you some inspiration. Visit www.thomasmoretravel.com to start booking your Mexican Caribbean and Yucatan trips online and for more ideas be sure to call in at the tour desk at your resort.

 

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Cancun flight news

Cancun flight news

Here’s your latest Cancun flight news round up with details of Cancun International Airport’s continuing expansion. On December 18, it welcomed passenger number 24 million on a flight from Paris and one week later it broke its own record by welcoming passenger number 25 million from New York.

As part of its expansion in Mexico, American Airlines is planning to make Cancun Airport its hub for the Caribbean region, making Cancun and Riviera Maya even more accessible for passengers in the US and Latin America.

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Events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan

Here’s our round up of festivals and events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan in the next few months.

Anniversary of the Founding of Merida, January 6

On January 6, inhabitants of Merida, state capital of Yucatan celebrate the 477th anniversary of the founding of the city in 1542 by Spanish conquistador Francisco de Montejo. The evening of January 5, a procession of city dwellers and local trova musicians makes its way to the main square to sing the traditional Mañanitas birthday serenade as a tribute to their hometown, followed by a fireworks display. The next morning there is a Mass in the Cathedral and a packed program of concerts, dance performances, art exhibits and more as part of Merida City Fest.

Merida City Fest, January 5-20

More than 150 dance and theatre performances, concerts, movies, art exhibitions and literary workshops to celebrate the 477th anniversary of Merida.

Valladolid Food Festival, January 12

Celebrating Yucatecan cuisine, the Valladolid Food Festival takes place on Calzada de los Frailes from 4 p.m.

Feria de la Candelaria, January 25 – February 10, Valladolid

This traditional fair is dedicated to the patron saint of Valladolid, the Virgen de la Candelaria. Events include livestock, craft, jewelry and food exhibitions, processions, concerts and dances.

Cozumel Carnival, February 2-13

Dating from 1876, Cozumel Carnival is the oldest Carnival in the Yucatan Peninsula and one of the oldest in Mexico.

Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Merida, Campeche and Valladolid will also be holding their own Carnival celebrations; the dates may vary slightly in each location. The Cancun Carnival is from March 1 to 5 and in Merida from February 26 to March 6.

Isla Blanca Kite Festival, Feb 24 and 25

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Isla Blanca north of Punta Sam.

Spring Equinox at Chichen Itza, March 19-22

The famous light and shadow serpent of Kukulcan appears on El Castillo Pyramid at Chichen Itza and descends from the heavens at sunset on the day of the Spring Equinox (March 20-22). It is also visible the day before and after, cloud cover permitting.

Elsewhere in the Yucatan, at dawn on the day of the Equinox the rising sun appears through the doorway of the Temple of the Dolls in the ancient city of Dzibilchaltun to the north of Merida.

The spring equinox officially falls on March 20 in 2019 but the largest gathering at Chichen Itza takes place on March 21, a national holiday in Mexico.

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