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End of Mayan Calendar spurred tourism in Cancun

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Following one of the most anticipated dates worldwide, the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau reports the week of 12-21-12 among the most successful tourism in the destination’s history.

Mayan-dancers-entertainHotels across Cancun enjoyed above average occupancy rates, while locals and tourists alike took part in celebrations that would bid farewell to the end of an era and welcome in a new one.

One of the most popular and moving festivities took place at Punta Sur on the southernmost point of Isla Mujeres. Hosted by Dolphin Discovery, the all-night celebration began the evening of December 20 and lasted until daybreak of December 21. More than 600 people gathered in all-white clothing to embrace the first rays of sunlight to reach Mexico’s shores, a moment the Mayan community had been waiting for 5,125 years. Prior to sunrise, Mayan dancers entertained guests while shamans blessed them using ceremonial copal. Attendees also feasted on traditional Yucatecan cuisine fused with Mayan influences, such as cochinita pibil and pavo en escabeche. Armando Manzanero, the Mexican singing sensation and popular composer of Mayan descent, also treated guests to an intimate performance to ring in the new era.

“The celebration of 12-21-12 was one of the most important dates in the history of our community. We are thrilled that so many people from around the world chose Cancun as their preferred destination to celebrate the new era,” said Jesus Almaguer, CEO of the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau. “As we embark on a new path, we invite tourists to experience the rebirth of Cancun as a destination.”

Cancun invites locals and guests to think and behave differently by exploring the evolution of humanity, and to redefine their experiences in the land of the Mayans. Guests visiting Cancun will share in the destination’s renewal, which offers more than just sun and beaches, but also culture, gastronomy, adventure and self-renewal.

Cancun is a multicultural destination where people from all over the world go to bask in the sun on powdery-sand beaches, relax at world-class hotels, swim in turquoise ocean waters, enjoy one of the world’s most important gastronomic destinations, visit ancient Mayan temples and experience unparalleled adventure.
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