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Cancun Airport News

The new Terminal 4 at Cancun International Airport is expected to open in late 2017 and will have the capacity to handle nine million additional passengers a year.

The airport is also handling more international flights. New flights to Cancun already operating or due to begin this year include Air Canada Rouge from Vancouver; American Airlines from Los Angeles; Condor & Neckermann and Tui operated flights from Warsaw in Poland; Edelweiss Air from Zurich; Interjet, Virgin America and Southwest on the Los Angeles route, and Viva Colombia from Medellin.

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Grand Residences and Royal Resorts in Trip Advisor Mexico’s Top Hotels list

Grand Residences has made the Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Top 25 Hotels in Mexico 2017 list for the third year running, coming in at No. 2. In the category of Top 25 Hotels in Mexico for Best Service 2017, the award-winning Puerto Morelos resort is at No. 3. We are pleased to share with you […]

Building a home for Maclovio, 2nd Royal Resorts Foundation Race reaches target

The 2nd Royal Resorts Foundation Race took place on February 19 in Cancun with the participation of 493 competitors of all ages, 84 volunteers and local sponsors. Thanks to the efforts of all involved, a total of $214,000 pesos was raised, almost triple the amount raised in 2016, in support of this year’s cause: rebuilding […]

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A documentary about Xcaret Park’s macaw breeding program is participating in the Boston College Film Festival

Xcaret’s scarlet macaw breeding and conservation program is the subject of a documentary called “Volando a Casa” (Flying Home: The Return of the Scarlet Macaw) that is participating in the Boston College 2017 Corporate Citizenship Film Festival in the United States and is up for an award.

Produced by Xcaret and Mexican production company Bicho Studio, the documentary follows the macaws on a journey from their birthplace in Xcaret to the jungles of Chiapas and southern Veracruz where they spend time adapting to their new habitat before being released to the wild.

Xcaret is working with communities, local authorities and conservation groups in the release areas and with universities and research centers to make this reintroduction program a success. The survival rate of the macaws born in the Riviera Maya park is 80 percent and in only three years, this ambitious program has been instrumental in increasing Mexico’s critically endangered wild macaw population by 80 percent.

In other news, for the second year running, Xcaret received Silver Travvy awards in the categories Best Water Park and World’s Best Theme Park at a travel industry event in New York.

Travvy awards are presented by TravAlliancemedia and are based upon a poll of travel agents in the United States.

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Cancun Airport News

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More Ice Age discoveries in the cenotes of Quintana Roo

Archaeologists and cave divers participating in Gran Acuifero Maya, a research project to explore and map the cenotes of Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Campeche recently announced the discovery of the bones of prehistoric mammals dating back 10,000 years. They made the find in a huge flooded cave in the Muyil-Tulum-Chumpon area, and at a depth […]

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More Ice Age discoveries in the cenotes of Quintana Roo

Archaeologists and cave divers participating in Gran Acuifero Maya, a research project to explore and map the cenotes of Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Campeche recently announced the discovery of the bones of prehistoric mammals dating back 10,000 years. They made the find in a huge flooded cave in the Muyil-Tulum-Chumpon area, and at a depth of 100 meters.

During their reconnaissance of the cave, Dr. Guillermo de Anda, project leader and Nat Geo explorer, and underwater explorer Robert Schmittner discovered stalagmites with a length of 30 meters, the partial skulls of two bears dating from the Pleistocene and more than 100 bones of unidentified species.

This follows earlier finds of a human skull that is at least 10,000 years old and the jaw of a Gomphothere, an elephant-like creature that lived in the area during the last Ice Age.

The research team had previously registered five similar bear skulls in flooded caves in neighboring Yucatan. The discoveries will help researchers build up a picture of the biogeography of the Yucatan Peninsula 10,000 years ago as the Ice Age was drawing to a close.

One theory put forward to explain the presence of animal bones in the cenote is that there was climatic instability between the Holocene and the Pleistocene leading to a prolonged drought. Large animals such as bears and gompotheres may have ventured into the caves in search of water and fallen to their death. Later, as the ice sheets receded over North America, sea levels began to rise flooding the caves and creating a time capsule preserving their bones.

Given the importance of the find, a paleontologist will soon be joining the multidisciplinary team of archaeologists, biologists, geologists and cave divers, which has already explored 45 caves in Quintana Roo.

At 100 meters deep, this cave is the second deepest discovered to date in this area of the Yucatan Peninsula, the deepest is El Pit, which is more than 120 meters deep. In addition to studies of the water, stalagmite formations and analysis of the remains of extinct prehistoric species, a 3D model of the cave is being developed in collaboration with National Geographic using technology designed by engineer Corey Jaskolski.

Gran Acuifero Maya is a Mexican Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) project with support from the Latin American Development Bank, the Aspen Institute, the Riviera Maya Technological University, National Geographic and the Felipe Carrillo Puerto Technical College.

(Source: INAH)

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Grand Residences has made the Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Top 25 Hotels in Mexico 2017 list for the third year running, coming in at No. 2. In the category of Top 25 Hotels in Mexico for Best Service 2017, the award-winning Puerto Morelos resort is at No. 3. We are pleased to share with you […]

Building a home for Maclovio, 2nd Royal Resorts Foundation Race reaches target

The 2nd Royal Resorts Foundation Race took place on February 19 in Cancun with the participation of 493 competitors of all ages, 84 volunteers and local sponsors. Thanks to the efforts of all involved, a total of $214,000 pesos was raised, almost triple the amount raised in 2016, in support of this year’s cause: rebuilding […]

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Tigres, Cancun’s winning baseball team to stay in the city

For a time it looked as though Cancun’s champion baseball team the Tigres would be leaving the city, a blow to fans who love their evenings in the baseball park, the tasty snacks on sale and the family ambiance, however the news is that they are staying. Legendary Mexican pitcher Fernando “El Toro” Valenzuela has bought the team, so there will be baseball here for many years to come.

Baseball season starts in Mexico on March 31 and Tigres play their first home game on April 4. If you would like to go, visit the Thomas More Travel desk in your resort to arrange transport and tickets.

In other news, you wouldn’t think of rugby when you think of Cancun or indeed of Mexico, but the Hammerheads, a team made up of Mexican and expat players is going from strength to strength and has its sights set on the National Championship.

The Hammerheads won their last match with a crushing victory over Saltillo 78-8 and are the favorites to win the tournament organized by the Mexican Rugby Federation. Season matches finish on March 11 and the final is on April 1.

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Cancun Airport News

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A documentary about Xcaret Park’s macaw breeding program is participating in the Boston College Film Festival

Xcaret’s scarlet macaw breeding and conservation program is the subject of a documentary called “Volando a Casa” (Flying Home: The Return of the Scarlet Macaw) that is participating in the Boston College 2017 Corporate Citizenship Film Festival in the United States and is up for an award. Produced by Xcaret and Mexican production company Bicho […]

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Cancun Flight News

As part of its expansion plans in the Caribbean, Southwest Airlines will start a daily non-stop Cancun service from Fort Lauderdale on June 4.

 

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Celebrating 38 years with Royal Resorts

Meet Mirna Pech our dynamic Executive Housekeeper who is celebrating 38 years with Royal Resorts in Cancun. Originally from the small town of Sotutá in the state of Yucatán, Mirna began her career at The Royal Cancun in the early days of the resort when it was known as VCI. Only 15 when she started […]

Celebrating 17 Years at The Royal Sands

Opened in 2000, The Royal Sands, the largest resort in the Royal Resorts Collection, is celebrating its 17th anniversary this season. A glorious beach setting at the heart of the Cancún Hotel Zone, 340 spacious ocean-view villas and an array of services ranging from a full-service spa and gym to a marina, activity center and […]

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Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, 31 years old

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, the largest wildlife sanctuary in the Mexican Caribbean and one of the largest in Mexico, celebrated its 31st anniversary on January 24.

Sian Ka’an was founded by presidential decree in 1986 and a place in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list followed in 1987.

Covering 1.3 million acres of jungle and wetlands in northern and central Quintana Roo, Sian Ka’an is a huge reserve. It protects ecosystems ranging from tropical forest, seasonally flooded grasslands, marsh and mangroves to Caribbean beaches and a 110-kilometer-stretch of pristine coral reef.

Sian Ka’an is home to 103 different mammals including the jaguar, peccary, tapir, howler and spider monkeys, and the West Indian manatee. It has one of Mexico’s largest crocodile populations and is an important nesting area for sea turtles. There are also 330 resident and migratory species of bird in the jungle and wetlands.

Sixteen varieties of heron nest in the mangroves along with cormorants, frigate birds and pelicans. Flamingos are occasional visitors in the winter, feeding in the coastal lagoons. Toucans, parrots, motmots, ocellated turkey, chachalaca and great curassow are some of the forest dwellers. The reserve also has a large breeding population of ospreys and protects a tiny colony of the rare jabiru stork, the largest bird in the Americas.

Sian Ka’an means “where the sky is born in Maya” and the Maya hunted and fished in the area. Mayan merchants also used canals snaking through the wetlands from the Caribbean as portage routes for trading canoes laden with goods bound for inland cities. To date 23 archaeological sites have been registered in the reserve and Mayan communities are still clustered on the borders of the reserve.

Contact Thomas More Travel for tours of Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and Maya Ka’an community tours to Muyil, Punta Allen and traditional Mayan villages in central Quintana Roo.

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Local News

Cancun Airport Welcomes Passenger Number 21 Million

Cancun International Airport welcomed passenger number 21 million on December 26, the second record broken in a month. Passenger numbers have more than doubled in the last 10 years and Cancun is now Mexico’s leading airport in terms of international passengers. With the completion of Terminal 4 in 2020, the airport will have the capacity to handle up to 32 million travelers.
Expansion projects in Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 have been completed and the first phase of Terminal 4 will open in 2018.

Cancun Flight News

Due to the growing popularity of Cancun and the Riviera Maya in the United Kingdom, British Airways will be adding two more direct flights from London Gatwick to Cancun in 2017, one in the spring and one in the summer.

Facelift for Playa Langosta in Cancun

Playa Langosta, one of Cancun’s public beaches has been given a much-needed facelift. In the fall of 2016, a cluster of buildings that had been derelict for years was bulldozed and restrooms, showers and other services were installed in its place for beachgoers to use.

Mayan site of Ichkabal to open in 2017

Located in the jungle 40 kilometers to the west of Bacalar in southern Quintana Roo, the ancient Mayan site of Ichkabal will open to the public in 2017.
Ichkabal dates from 300 B.C., the Preclassic period of Mayan history, and Mexican archaeologists studying the site believe that it was the earliest city state in the region. The principal building stands 40 meters tall and has a base 200 meters long.

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The Royal Resorts Foundation, Helping to Change Lives

The Royal Resorts Foundation is always looking for ways to help those in need, bring change to communities and to protect the planet. Its causes include study scholarships for children living in poverty, cancer screening and medical treatment, funding physiotherapy for children with physical and neurological challenges, emergency relief for employees, help for the aged, […]

Royal Resorts is 40 Years Old in 2017

This year, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of our first resort The Royal Cancun (1977 – 2017). Over the years, it has become a beloved home away from home for several generations of Royal Resorts members and it still looks as beautiful now as it did four decades ago. Founded in 1975, […]

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Two US Ryder Cup players compete in the 2016 OHL Golf Classic PGA tournament, November 10-13

It’s the tenth anniversary of the OHL Golf Classic at Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya November 10-13 and the field of competitors is filling up fast with PGA champions. Fresh from their Ryder Cup victory over Europe, Jim Furyk and Davis Love III have announced their appearance and the list of star players also includes Luke Donald, Hunter Mahan, Ian Poulter, defending OHL Golf Classic champion Graeme McDowell, World Golf Hall of Fame member Ernie Els, Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Emiliano Gallo.

As Mexico’s first PGA tournament, the OHL Golf Classic has grown in popularity with the Mexican golf community and three of the country’s top players: Rodolfo Cazaubon, Roberto Diaz and Carlos Ortiz will all be competing for the third time.

In addition to McDowell, several past champions are returning this year: Charley Hoffmann, Harris English, John Huh, Johnson Wagner, Mark Wagner and Brian Gay.

  With a prize purse of US$7,000,010, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba is Latin America’s most lucrative tournament. With each year that passes, more top players are committing to play the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon course.

If you would like to watch tournament play contact the Thomas More Travel tour desk at your resort for free admission tickets to the course and to book transport. The transport for tournament ticketholders departs from the parking lot at Captain’s Cove. If you would prefer to book transport from your resort, the cost is US$25 per person plus tax. www.thomasmoretravel.com

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New Aquarium in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen has another new visitor attraction on Fifth Avenue, L’Aquarium Playa del Carmen. Located in the Corazone shopping center, this state of the art aquarium has 45 exhibits showcasing the coral reef and other marine ecosystems and more than 200 species of multicolored fish and marine creatures.

Among the species that aquarium-goers will see are angelfish, clownfish, butterfly fish, sea horses, rays and sharks.

L’Aquarium is participating in fish breeding, research and marine conservation programs with universities and government agencies in the Mexican Caribbean and other parts of the country.

L’Aquarium de Playa del Carmen is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Open Skies Agreement brings New Flights to Cancun

The recent Open Skies airline agreement signed between the Mexican and US governments to free up the number of airlines that can fly particular routes is already bringing additional flights to Cancun and benefits for travelers from both countries.

Mexican airline Interjet has a new service linking Cancun and New York. Delta has announced that as of December 17, it will be offering daily flights from JFK Airport in New York and a Saturday service from Kansas City. Southwest Airlines starts flights from Los Angeles to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos on December 4 and American Airlines will also have a Los Angeles-Cancun flight and Merida to Miami service as of December 15. All new routes are pending approval by the Mexican government.

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