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The Riviera Maya Ho­tel As­so­ci­a­tion rec­om­mended that tourists not use the ATM ma­chines lo­cated along Quinta Avenida. This is due to the risk of credit and debit cards be­ing cloned, as ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, a new hard­ware that steals data has been de­tected.

The di­rec­tor of the ho­tel sec­tor, Manuel Pare­des Men­doza, re­ferred to the rec­om­men­da­tion re­gard­ing these ma­chines was al­ready made to the mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment.

When se­cu­rity is min­i­mal, it is rel­a­tively sim­ple to place a cloning in­stru­ment. It is ad­vised to only use the ma­chines which are in banks.

The ed­i­to­rial press of Sol­i­dari­dad is go­ing to be re­ac­ti­vated, to spread the work of lo­cal writ­ers. This year, three books will be pub­lished, an­nounced Di­rec­tor of Cul­ture Cultura Luis Ernesto López Var­gas.

A col­lec­tion of texts, which will con­tain the works of lo­cal writ­ers, is to be re­leased. The gen­res will be short story, po­etry, and nar­ra­tive. “We are look­ing for sto­ries from peo­ple from Sol­i­dari­dad, not pre­cisely his­to­ries, but anec­dotes based on their lives”.

A com­mit­tee made up of peo­ple with ex­pe­ri­ence will be in charge of the con­test and eval­u­at­ing the writ­ing they re­ceive. The in­vi­ta­tion for writ­ers to send in their work will go out the first week of Oc­to­ber.

On Fri­day, Septem­ber 25, Tu­lum and Isla Mu­jeres joined the list of new Pue­b­los Mági­cos pro­gram - a recog­ni­tion that helps at­tract tourism and al­low author­i­ties to safe­guard the na­tional her­itage and the se­lect town. So far, Quin­tana Roo has three Magic Towns, in­clud­ing Ba­calar. Felipe Car­rillo Puerto and Hol­box are still hope­ful of be­com­ing Pue­b­los Mági­cos by the Min­istry of Tourism, as this al­low them to have ac­cess to spe­cial­ized re­sources and im­prove their tourism in­fra­struc­ture.

The se­lected towns rep­re­sent em­blems of im­por­tant eras for Mexico; they must also be near a tourist area or a large ur­ban cen­ter, be ac­ces­si­ble by high­way and must house im­por­tant cul­tural, gas­tro­nomic, his­tor­i­cal or re­li­gious value.

With an in­vest­ment of $25 mil­lion pe­sos, the Do­rado Gen­er­a­tion Riviera Maya ho­tel will ex­pand their in­stal­la­tions with the con­struc­tion of an au­di­to­rium, three mu­se­ums, a res­tau­rant, a spa and gar­den área, as well as the con­tin­ued op­er­a­tion of al­ready con­structed fea­tures on their prop­erty.

In April the corner­stone for the en­ter­tain­ment cen­ter Noa Noa was laid by artist Juan Gabriel. Lo­mas Travel asked the Se­mar­nat for a change in zon­ing for an area of 14,118 square me­ters. They are hop­ing to cap­ture new seg­ments of the tourist mar­ket, which will in­crease rev­enue. They are plan­ning the ad­di­tion of 160 jobs, 100 which are tem­po­rary and 60 per­ma­nent.

Cur­rently, the prop­erty has con­struc­tions which have been sanc­tioned by Pro­fepa, for reg­u­la­tions with the use of for­est ma­te­rial (# 519/2015) and the res­o­lu­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact (#0535/2014), both against the De­sar­rol­los y Proyec­tos Lo­mas SA de CV com­pany.

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