While Cancun Rebuilds, Riviera Maya is Open and Waiting

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ — Repairs to Cancun are underway and progressing quickly. Electricity, drinking water, drainage and phone service are now completely restored, and the city’s repairs to the hotel zone include replanting gardens, repaving streets, repairing sidewalks and bike paths, replacing trees and installing new lighting and signs.

In the meantime, the Riviera Maya, largely unaffected by the recent hurricane, is ready for vacationers. Apple Vacations — the world’s leading tour operator to Cancun and the Rivera Maya — has resumed daily flights to the area, hotels are 90 percent operational and stores, restaurants, bars and shops are open and ready for business. Most excursions are up-and-running, and Playa del Carmen is as vibrant as ever.

“Stores are open. Restaurants are open. The beaches are great. The sun is shining. And we want visitors to come and join us for the party,” said Gabriela Rodriguez, State Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo.

In fact, recent visitors to the Riviera Maya are surprised by the rapid completion of cosmetic repairs made to hotels and resorts. “I expected to see a lot more damage. I have a lot of groups coming down here in the next few months, and I’ll be able to go back and tell them there are no problems,” said Marva Donovan, owner of Dolphin Travel in Grand Rapids, MI.

The Mexico Tourism Board estimates that 12,000 rooms in Cancun and 17,400 in the Riviera Maya will be able to receive visitors by December 15.

For the time being, though, the Riviera Maya remains Quintana Roo’s best- kept secret. “The hospitality has been fantastic, and the condition of the hotels are great. I’m a little surprised there aren’t more people here,” Al Valente of Valente Travel in Windsor, Ontario.

About Apple Vacations

For more than 35 years, Apple Vacations has grown to become one of the largest vacation companies/tour operators in North America. In 2005, Apple will operate over 200 winter and 100 summer charters each week on a national basis to more than 50 beach destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. Apple has recently been honored with awards for its contribution to tourism including Travel Weekly’s Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Tour Operator to Mexico” and Recommend Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Tour Operator to the Caribbean.” Apple Vacations are sold exclusively through retail travel agents.

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