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WWW.TRAVELWEEKLY.COM SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
[ RAVAGED BY HURRICANE ODILE ]
Los Cabos will
close to guests,
See LOS CABOS on Page 48 See NFL on Page 46
By Danny King and Gay Nagle Myers
Mexico’s Los Cabos area is likely be
closed to inbound travelers for at
least a few weeks, Mexico officials
said, after Hurricane Odile pummeled the southern tip of the Baja
Peninsula early last week.
The storm injured hundreds of people,
shuttered dozens of resorts, damaged thousands of homes and temporarily closed the
area’s international airport.
Odile, which made landfall as a category
3 hurricane on the evening of Sept. 14, temporarily left most of the area’s 250,000 inhabitants without power while stranding
about 30,000 tourists. Storm damage caused
a number of hotels to either evacuate guests
immediately or to serve notice that new
guests would not be accommodated until at
least mid- or late October.
Los Cabos International Airport reported
last Wednesday that the hurricane had detached the roof on Terminal 1 and collapsed
ceiling panels in Terminal 2. But since the
runways and tarmacs were still usable, the
Mexican government last Tuesday began flying in food, water and medicine and evacuating some of the stranded tourists to Mexico
City, Tijuana, Mazatlan and Guadalajara.
As of press time, airport operator Grupo
Aeroportuario del Pacifico was estimating
that commercial service would not be able to
resume until Sept. 26.
Among the harder-hit local resorts were
the Starwood Hotels & Resorts brands and
the two Hyatt properties, both of which
opened late last year. Starwood’s Sheraton
Ravens running back Ray Rice and the deac-
tivation of Minnesota Vikings running back
Adrian Peterson, respectively.
One travel sponsor, Radisson Hotels, said
it was suspending its sponsorship of the Vikings as a result.
League sponsors ranging from Anheuser-Busch to McDonald’s publicly voiced concerns, although team owners so far say they
support NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
By Tom Stieghorst
Fall brings pro football, and with it a host of
marketing opportunities for travel companies. But this year’s season has been complicated by the off-field misconduct of several
high-profile players and what many consider
a maladroit response from the National
Football League (NFL) and its teams.
A widely reported episode of domestic
violence and a separate allegation of child
NFL’s woes test ad support of travel firms
At least 11 travel companies are official
sponsors of one of the league’s 32 teams, and
Marriott Corp. is an official sponsor of the
league itself. Other travel companies such
as Southwest Airlines are big TV advertisers
Cruise lines have recently been especially
keen on the NFL. Princess Cruises earlier this
month unveiled an agreement to become an
official partner of four NFL teams including
the cocaine curtain
As memories of drug cartels and negative perceptions
continue to fade, Colombia is increasingly focusing on
developing its tourism infrastructure.
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