08/11/2009Hurricane “Ida” Leaves The State Of Quintana Roo While All The Touristic Areas Continue To Operate Normally

• Ida, a category 2 hurricane, did not cause destruction nor danger to Cancun or its surrounding areas
Cancun, November 9. - Felix González, Governor of the State of Quintana Roo, said yesterday that the Hurricane “Ida,” category 2, left the coast of the Mexican Caribbean causing no harm to the population or to the touristic activity. Therefore, Cancun and the surrounding areas are operating normally.

During a press conference, Governor González confirmed that almost 65,000 tourists are currently enjoying all the services and activities available in the State except for the aquatic sports and activities that were suspended because of the rain. These have now been reactivated.

Cancun foresees a positive weather forecast in the coming days since the now Tropical Storm Ida, is moving away from the coast and the all possibilities of the storm affecting the area are gone. “The most important fact is that the eye of the hurricane didn’t hit the soil of Quintana Roo, so we didn’t have any material damage,” added Gonzalez. He also said only Holbox Island was evacuated due to its proximity to the hurricane area. Schools and universities in the area are now working normally.

Regarding the beach recovery program, Governor Gonzalez said no major damage was reported, due to the waves only accelerated the process. Recovery work will resume immediately.

Cancun is located in the municipality of Benito Juarez, which is well known for its preparation in overcoming hurricanes. Putting in place proper contingency plans, 10 shelters were habilitated. Fortunately the Government did not find a need to use them.
About Cancún

Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The island of Cancun is in the shape of a “7” and is bordered to the north by the Bahia de Mujeres; to the east by the Caribbean Sea; and to the west by the Nichupte Lagoon. Cancun is Mexico’s largest tourist destination and boasts 146 hotels with a total of 28,808 rooms. Opportunities for new experiences abound in Cancun, which offers visitors an ideal setting for interacting with nature and discovering Mayan culture.

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