Officials at Mexico's booming Caribbean beach resort at Cancun say the city “is ready” for an expected 45,000 visitors expected to arrive during the upcoming spring break season. Awaiting students, families and other vacationers at Cancun are more than 145 resort hotels and boutique inns dotting miles of powdery white beaches.
During the peak of the break season, students from 70 universities and colleges will be taking off from March 2 through March 9, to be followed the next week by breakers from 141 schools of higher learning. The week after that will see 86 schools empty out, and from March 23-30 breakers will be high-tailing it from 52 schools.
For students and other tourists with questions about Cancun's safety record, local officials point out that of the 4 million visitors to Cancun last year, none were victims of violent crime. “Safety is our Number 1 priority,” stresses Jesus Almagauer, CEO of the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).
Among other tourism magnets drawing visitors to Cancun and its surrounding resort areas in March will be a conference on the nearby island of Isla Mujeres (Island of the Women) called “We Move Forward” celebrating International Women's Day. Women from around the world are expected to attend the event, scheduled March 5-8 .
Still another big tourism booster will be the annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival, set for March 14-17. Twenty-five events over four days will showcase the talents of star chefs and wine producers.
Among new attractions around Cancun, the CVB invites visitors to sample the culture of the ancient Mayans at the recently debuted Maya Museum in the Hotel Zone. Inside, three huge exhibit halls are packed with hundreds of archaeological finds collected over the past 30 years. Other attractions of the $15 million museum include a 21-foot-high likeness of the Great Pyramid surrounded by palaces and temples.