06/05/2009Archaeological sites opened today (May 6th) in the Mexican Caribbean

Cancun, Quintana Roo – May 5. 2009 QUINTANA ROO STATE SECRETARY OF TOURISM / PUBLIC RELEASE

State Tourism Secretary, Sara Latife Ruiz, informed that the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) authorized the reopening of the archaeological sites in Quintana Roo, as well as in the rest of Mexico.

Secretary Ruiz stated that INAH’s Delegate in Quintana Roo, Adriana Velásquez Morlet, informed that the pre-Hispanic vestiges located in the State will reopen tomorrow, Wednesday, May 6, after being closed since April 29 as a precaution due to the sanitary emergency.

INAH’s Delegate specified that the museums and archaeological sites to be reopened are the Museum of the Maya Culture, in Chetumal, the sites of El Rey and El Meco in Cancún, San Gervasio and El Cedral, in Cozumel, Tulum and Coba in Riviera Maya and Chacchoben, Kohunlich, Kinichná, Dzibanché, Oxtankah, Xpuhil and The Fort of San Felipe Bacalar, in the south of the State. According to the federal authority, the Tulum by Night show will remain closed until further notice.

The State Tourism Secretary invited all tour operators, hoteliers and travel agents to promote among the tourists that remain in the destination, these important cultural attractions that are visited every year by nearly 2 million people, most of them tourists, from Mexico, North America and Europe.

INAH’s Delegate also informed that Chichén Itzá, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, in the neighbor State of Yucatán, will also operate normally starting tomorrow.

With the reopening of Quintana Roo’s archaeological sites, the services and tourist attractions of the Mexican Caribbean are gradually coming back to normal, starting with shops, bars and restaurants that were affected by the preventive measures established by the authorities to stop the Human Influenza epidemic that, according to the Ministry of Health, is currently in a fade-out phase in our country.

Commercial and educational activities in the Mexican Caribbean are also being reestablished with the reopening of high schools and universities from Thursday, May 7 and the rest of the educational levels from next Monday.

Cancun’s International Airport registered today a total of 199 operations, with 44 Domestic and 51 international arrivals.