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Watch the 2018 Soccer World Cup at the Royal Resorts Bars

The wait is over, the 2018 Soccer World Cup has begun and it’s time for all the football action from Russia. The host nation beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game and the group stage is now underway. How will the other teams fare in this global soccer fest? Stay tuned during your vacation; you can watch all the group stage games, the final 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and the final at the Royal Resorts Bars.

Sidelines Bar at The Royal Sands, La Cabaña Bar at The Royal Caribbean, La Trattoria Bar at The Royal Cancun, Cayo Largo at The Royal Islander, Pancho & Willy’s Bar and Captain’s Cove Restaurant in Cancun will be transmitting the World Cup action. Check the game schedules and times at the bars as they may vary.

At The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya, La Rotonda lobby bar will be soccer central with all the action from the World Cup cities. Guests staying at Grand Residences Riviera Cancun in Puerto Morelos have a choice of venues: the Lobby Bar, Bicaci Salon or Heaven Beach Bar.

Will defending champion Germany win the 2018 Soccer World Cup? How will Argentina, Brazil and Spain do? Will it be Russia, England or Mexico’s moment to shine? Who will be this year’s soccer heroes: famous faces from leading teams in European Leagues like Messi, Ronaldo, Salah or Mexico’s Hernandez aka “Chicharito” or new talents making their debut on the world stage?

Every four years when the World Cup comes to town, even those who aren’t normally interested in soccer catch football fever and some become experts, albeit for a short time, as they follow the fortunes of the competing teams.

Football is the national sport here in Mexico and you’ll see plenty of flags out as people prepare to watch their team. The first game is on Sunday and Mexico take on Germany, the World Cup holders and one of the contenders in 2018. If you don’t have a favorite team, how about joining your Royal Resorts hosts and give a big cheer as you support Mexico!

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Mexico’s record-breaking visitor numbers continue

According to figures released by the Mexico Tourism Board, the country welcomed 10.6 million international visitors in the period January – March 2018. The statistics show an increase of 12.6 percent when compared to the same period last year and are an indication that Mexico’s popularity as a destination continues to rise.

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Royal Resorts launches Grand Residences Points-based memberships

Royal Resorts is offering its members more options for a richer lifestyle that promises a lifetime of extraordinary memories. Introducing a new Grand Residences Points-based membership that provides exclusive benefits through the Royal Resorts Signature Club’s latest addition, the Elite membership. Discover what the new Signature Club Elite membership offers: • Exclusive Points access to […]

New Royal Resorts dining option, Mexican night at La Veranda

We have a new Royal Resorts dining option for you this summer, get ready to tuck into traditional dishes from all over Mexico! It’s Mexican Night in La Veranda at The Royal Sands in Cancun. Listen to mellow marimba music performed by a group from Chiapas as you sip a margarita, tequila or mezcal or […]

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Taxi union protest against new Quintana Roo transport law may cause traffic disruption

We would like to share some important information with our guests about possible traffic disruption as a result of a transport dispute affecting Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos and other parts of the state of Quintana Roo.

The State Congress has approved a new Transport Law (Ley de Movilidad) to regulate public transport, improving the service for passengers and also reinforcing the rights of pedestrians with regard to traffic and safety. Although the law will not enter into effect for 90 days, the taxi unions in different parts of the state have already rejected clauses that affect their members such as the authorization of concessions, competition and the eradication of monopolies, the entrance of new companies such as UBER and the roadworthiness of vehicles. The union leaders have called on their members to take industrial action against the new legislation by joining demonstrations and strikes.

Please be aware that there may be limited taxi service at times and slow moving traffic as a result of these demonstrations.

If you have a flight to catch, it is a good idea to check your departure time at the travel desk or with your transport company. You may have to leave your resort earlier than planned.

The authorities are doing everything they can to ensure that traffic disruption is kept to a minimum.

We will post additional updates as further information becomes available.

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Supporting education, Mano Amiga students begin a new term

  On August 24, Colegio Mano Amiga at the Ciudad de la Alegria community center on the outskirts of Cancun opened its doors after the summer recess. A total of 950 students began their studies again, eager to learn and to excel, setting their own goals and improving every day. Children’s education is one of […]

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Thomas More Travel unveils new website

Thomas More Travel recently unveiled its brand new website with a crisp design, photos, videos and even more exciting tour options to choose from in the Mexican Caribbean and Yucatan.

Check out the new www.thomasmoretravel.com to book your transfers from Cancun International Airport to Royal Resorts or other hotels in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Browse the collection of day trips, cruises and water sports and start planning your vacation adventures.

Do you want to scale ancient Mayan pyramids, explore the underwater world of the Mesoamerican Reef, fly through the trees on a jungle zip line or come face to face with rare wildlife? Go snorkeling, set sail on a catamaran or spend the day with the family at one of the Riviera Maya’s famous nature and adventure parks. Visit archaeological sites, picturesque colonial towns and traditional Mayan communities. Renew your ties with nature in the area’s biosphere reserves and dive into the crystal-clear waters of a jungle cenote or sinkhole. From history, nature and adventure to Mexican cooking classes and vibrant nightlife, it’s all here and Thomas More Travel will help you plan unforgettable vacation experiences to tell your friends about back home.

Start booking your Cancun tours with Thomas More Travel

Visit www.thomasmoretravel.com or the Thomas More Travel desk in the lobby of your resort.

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Watch the 2018 Soccer World Cup at the Royal Resorts Bars

The wait is over, the 2018 Soccer World Cup has begun and it’s time for all the football action from Russia. The host nation beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game and the group stage is now underway. How will the other teams fare in this global soccer fest? Stay tuned during your vacation; […]

Mexico’s record-breaking visitor numbers continue

According to figures released by the Mexico Tourism Board, the country welcomed 10.6 million international visitors in the period January – March 2018. The statistics show an increase of 12.6 percent when compared to the same period last year and are an indication that Mexico’s popularity as a destination continues to rise.

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Grand Residences receives award at Mexico’s Tianguis Travel Show

Grand Residences Riviera Cancun® received the Diversification of Mexican Tourist Products award for excellence in the Premium or Luxury category at the famous Mexican travel show, the Tianguis Turístico held in Mazatlan, Sinaloa in April.

Now in its forty-third year, the Tianguis showcases Mexico’s many destinations and the variety of adventures that await visitors and attracts tour operators and travel agents from all over the world. For decades it was held in Acapulco but it is now hosted by a different city or destination each year. Famous for its beaches and fishing, the 2018 host Mazatlan is known as the “Pearl of the Pacific.”

Grand Residences also appears in the TripAdvisor 2018 Travelers’ Choice listing of the World’s Top 25 Luxury Hotels and picked up four different Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice 2018 accolades given to the best of the best in Mexico. This is the fourth year running that it has been included in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2018 Top 25 Hotels in Mexico category.

• TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2018 Top 25 Hotels in Mexico
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is No. 4
• TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2018 Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Mexico
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is No. 2
• TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2018 Top 25 Hotels in Mexico for Best Service
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is No. 14
• TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2018 Top 25 Hotels in Mexico for Families
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is No. 18

Nestled on a beautiful beach just to the south of Puerto Morelos, Grand Residences offers a luxury vacation experience: spacious, elegantly furnished suites with every creature comfort, gourmet cuisine by an award-winning French chef, a spectacular infinity pool, a kids club and an array of activities and amenities for guests to enjoy. The resort is affiliated with The Leading Hotels of the World®.

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Mexico’s record-breaking visitor numbers continue

According to figures released by the Mexico Tourism Board, the country welcomed 10.6 million international visitors in the period January – March 2018. The statistics show an increase of 12.6 percent when compared to the same period last year and are an indication that Mexico’s popularity as a destination continues to rise.

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Distintivo H awarded to The Royal Haciendas restaurants

Top marks for The Royal Haciendas in the annual Distinctivo H inspections of the restaurant kitchens and food storage areas. It achieved a score of 100 percent in the review.

Distintivo H is a Mexico Tourism Board quality certification program for restaurants and hotel kitchens based on regular inspections to review hygiene standards and food handling and storage facilities.

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Mexico’s record-breaking visitor numbers continue

According to figures released by the Mexico Tourism Board, the country welcomed 10.6 million international visitors in the period January – March 2018. The statistics show an increase of 12.6 percent when compared to the same period last year and are an indication that Mexico’s popularity as a destination continues to rise.

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New from Interval Servicing Co., Open Stay exchange

Interval Servicing Co., the Fort Lauderdale-based membership services company for Royal Resorts members, has introduced a new option as part of its internal exchange services to give them greater flexibility. Unlike the regular Internal Exchange program, the Open Stay Exchange does not require an immediate commitment from the member on the dates he/she intends to occupy.

Members enroll online in the Open Stay Exchange program at no cost and receive an Open Stay Certificate valid for two years after the date of issue. They can use the certificate to book units listed in the Open Stay program and can log in at any time to check available inventory.

When members find a unit available that suits their needs and travel dates, they can redeem their certificate in order to book it. They then pay an exchange fee as they would with the regular internal exchange program.

The Open Stay exchange program is only available for the Royal Resorts in Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Open Stay certificates are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash.

Members must be in good standing and the unit(s) they wish to deposit must not have been enrolled in any other usage program beforehand for the year enrolled, this includes owner loans, regular internal or external exchange programs, as well as any rental or resale programs.

The window for depositing the unit in the Open Stay Exchange is between two years and 60 days before the first day of occupancy for said unit.

For more information log in to the Interval Servicing website or call 1-800-930-5050 US/Canada, 01-800-099-0486 Mexico or 954-485-5400 All Other Countries. Email: exchanges@intervalservicing.com

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Mexico’s record-breaking visitor numbers continue

According to figures released by the Mexico Tourism Board, the country welcomed 10.6 million international visitors in the period January – March 2018. The statistics show an increase of 12.6 percent when compared to the same period last year and are an indication that Mexico’s popularity as a destination continues to rise.

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Royal Resorts prepares for the 2018 turtle season in Cancun

The month of May heralds the start of the 2018 turtle season in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. During the summer, thousands of sea turtles will come ashore every night to dig nests in the sand and lay their eggs. Royal Resorts is ready to welcome these maritime visitors and protect their precious offspring.

Like biologists, marines, hotel workers and conservation volunteers all along the Quintana Roo shoreline, Royal Resorts security guards patrol the beaches at night on the look out for turtle tracks in the sand. They strain their eyes at the mere hint of a shell or a raised flipper emerging from the surf as these marine reptiles heave their huge bodies on to dry land in search of a nesting site.

From May to September, female green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles struggle across the sand after nightfall to lay their eggs on the beaches of Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Isla Mujeres, Contoy, Holbox, Cozumel, Sian Ka’an and the Costa Maya in southern Quintana Roo. Forty-five to 60 days later, their eggs will hatch and the baby turtles will break free of their shell prison and race across the beach towards the waves and a new life at sea. In 12 to 15 years time, some of them will return to lay their own eggs on the same beach, repeating the cycle.

Royal Resorts is a Cancun turtle protection pioneer
Royal Resorts is proud to do its part to protect this ancient species that has been swimming the oceans for around 120 million years. A Cancun conservation pioneer, Royal Resorts has been watching over sea turtles since 1985. Official record keeping began in 1998 and since then its staff has protected 7,995 nests and released 741,042 baby turtles!

The 2017 turtle season was incredible with record numbers all over the Mexican Caribbean. At Royal Resorts, 1,063 nests were protected and 111,226 baby turtles released at The Royal Sands, The Royal Caribbean and The Royal Islander in Cancun; 228 nests and 20,000 hatchlings were reported at Grand Residences Riviera Cancun to the south of Puerto Morelos and five nests at The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya.

And it wasn’t just at Royal Resorts, all over the Mexican Caribbean record numbers of turtles were reported, for example the Akumal Ecological Center (CEA) reported that in the four bays its volunteers patrol there were over 1,300 nests and more than 102,000 hatchlings, the most ever seen in the Akumal area.

Sea turtle nesting is cyclical and good years with lots of turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs are invariably followed by slow years. Last year was a record-breaking season. We hope that 2018 will buck the trend and will also be an excellent year for the sea turtles.

A labour of love
Before turtle season begins, Royal Resorts security guards attend refresher courses on sea turtle nesting habits and the procedures they must follow during the season that are given by biologists working for the statewide conservation campaign. They are now ready for their annual summer vigil.

Night after night, they will patrol the beaches in search of nesting turtles. When they find one, they watch over her as she laboriously digs her nest and lays her eggs. They carefully collect the eggs and move them to a nursery where another nest identical in shape and depth to the original is dug. The species, date and time of nesting and number of eggs are recorded and another long wait begins until the clutch begins to hatch.

As the estimated hatching date approaches, the guards begin to monitor the nest closely until they see the first tiny turtles emerging exhausted from the sand. They are moved to a container to regain their strength before being released after dark when predatory seabirds such as gulls and frigate birds have gone to roost.

Follow the turtle season rules
If you are going to stay at Royal Resorts or Grand Residences or wherever you are in Cancun and the Riviera Maya this summer, please join us in protecting our turtle visitors. Follow the turtle rules:

• Alert the security staff when you see a turtle on the beach at night
• Be very quiet and keep still, noise, lights and the movement of people disturb nesting sea turtles and cause them to leave the beach without laying eggs
• Watch from a distance of ten (33 feet) meters
• Do not attempt to touch the turtle or crowd her
• Do not shine a torch or use the light on your mobile phone
• No flash photography
• No smoking
• Obey security staff when they give instructions
• Help us to keep our beaches and sea clean. Plastic straws, bags, packaging, fishing lines and nets and other garbage floating in the water are lethal to turtles and other marine life
• When snorkeling or diving watch turtles from a distance, do not swim towards them and do not attempt to touch them
• Wear a t-shirt when snorkeling as protection from the sun instead of applying sun block. Sun products pollute the water and are harmful to marine life
• Turtles are protected by Mexican law and it is illegal to disturb them, persecute or hunt them and consume their meat or eggs.

The Mexican environmental agency SEMARNAT rules for turtle nesting season are designed to keep human contact with the creatures to a minimum. The rules stipulate that fragile baby turtles can only be released by trained personnel and not by hotel guests. Failure to comply with these measures can lead to resorts losing the right to have turtle nurseries on site or to be part of the turtle protection campaign.

First turtles of 2018 arrive in the Riviera Maya
The first turtle nests of the season have already been reported in Puerto Morelos, Akumal and Xcacel and there will be many more in the months to come.

Stay posted during the summer for more 2018 turtle season news from Royal Resorts
For more news on the 2018 turtle season in Cancun check the summer editions of the Royal Reporter e-newsletter and the Royal Resorts blog.
(Source for Akumal statistics, CEA)

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Mexico’s record-breaking visitor numbers continue

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Royal Resorts protecting the environment, reducing plastics

Buy an eco-friendly cloth shopping bag from The Royal Market and help Royal Resorts in its mission of protecting the environment. Decisions like saying no to a plastic bag or straw, switching to a reusable water bottle and recycling trash can help reduce mankind’s dependence on plastic and lead to a cleaner future. We can all do our part.

Just one person using a reusable shopping bag in their lifetime means preventing 22,000 plastic bags or more from polluting the environment. Imagine how many more would be stopped if we all used cloth carrier bags?

In addition to eco-friendly shopping bags at the resort stores, Royal Resorts is doing a lot more to reduce the use of plastics. Plastic straws are no longer served in drinks at the restaurants and bars and the next step is to use less plastic cutlery.

The Royal Market is selling disposable plates, cups and cutlery that are biodegradable as an alternative to plastic and polystyrene brands.

Royal Resorts has a trash recycling program. There are recycling trashcans throughout the resorts and special bins in the villas so that guests can separate their plastic, glass, aluminum and cardboard waste.

Plastic and all other waste suitable for recycling is collected and sold as “trash for cash” to raise money for the Royal Resorts Foundation’s charitable causes: conservation, children’s education, cancer screening and treatment for women on a low income, physiotherapy for children with motor and neurological disorders and employee emergency relief. In 2017, 311 tons of waste were recycled, representing US$13,600 for the Foundation.

The plastic tide
Did you know that 70 percent of all the garbage in the oceans is plastic? Plastic carrier bags, bottles, packaging, straws, fishing nets and even cling film find their way into rivers, on to our coasts and ultimately into the oceans. Only nine percent of all the plastic produced worldwide has been recycled. Scientists estimate that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish.

There are vast floating patches of garbage in our oceans, of which the most famous is called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It is twice the size of Texas, three times the size of France and it is still growing.

Seabirds, sea turtles and other marine life can become entangled in plastic; suffer horrific injuries or mistake floating plastic bags for prey, such as squid or jellyfish, with fatal consequences. Plastic is lethal to marine life.

Over time, plastic breaks down into minute particles called micro-plastics that enter the food chain, killing or seriously weakening marine life and birds. Plastic waste and micro plastics are now being found in the most pristine and remotest areas of our oceans like the Arctic and Antarctic and in the deepest ocean trenches including the Mariana Trench in the Pacific and the Cayman Trough in the Caribbean.

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Mexico’s record-breaking visitor numbers continue

According to figures released by the Mexico Tourism Board, the country welcomed 10.6 million international visitors in the period January – March 2018. The statistics show an increase of 12.6 percent when compared to the same period last year and are an indication that Mexico’s popularity as a destination continues to rise.

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New service at The Royal Market

The Royal Market is offering a new service for Royal Resorts members and guests. If they need to print their flight boarding passes they can now use the computers in the resort stores to do it and pay only printing costs. If they are only going online to access their flight details and print boarding passes for the flight home, they no longer have to purchase a web pass from the cash desk at The Royal Market.

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Mexico’s record-breaking visitor numbers continue

According to figures released by the Mexico Tourism Board, the country welcomed 10.6 million international visitors in the period January – March 2018. The statistics show an increase of 12.6 percent when compared to the same period last year and are an indication that Mexico’s popularity as a destination continues to rise.