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Poster printing in Cancun


The vibrant city of Cancun is located in the Northern reaches of the Mayan Empire, within easy reach of some of the most astonishing ruins found in the American continent. It combines gorgeous sand and multi-colored tranquil seas with exciting dining and nightlife. It is also very close to hundreds of “cenotes” and attractions like world class scuba diving, jungle tours and interesting villages.

The city of Cancun, is a boomtown of over 500,000 people, popular for shopping, dining, less expensive accommodations; the ecological reserve -lovely lagoons and mangroves; and the resort zone, an island. Development is designed around an ecologically-sensitive master plan. Cancun the resort, is located in a 22.5 km long and narrow sand-bar in the shape of a “7”, between the Caribbean and the lagoon Nichupte. It is here that the deluxe hotels, golf course, shops, restaurants, clubs and movie theaters are situated. The resort was started in 1967, but even in the early 80’s it was a small and relatively undiscovered destination. A building boom in the mid-80's finally put Cancun in the global tourism map and it is now responsible for 35% of Mexico's annual tourism revenue.

Cancun's history is rich with Mayan influences. The Yucatan Peninsula is where Mayan culture flourished for centuries prior to the arrival of the Spaniards in 1519. Over 1200 archaeological sites are scattered within a few hours' drive from Cancun. Although some of the sites have been restored, most are still shrouded by tangled jungle vegetation and provide a unique experience for the traveler. Popular day tours to sites like Tulum, Coba, and Chichen Itza allow visitors the opportunity to appreciate the work of one of the world's most advanced ancient societies. Beyond the area's famous ruins, the Mayan culture has survived despite tourism's rapid encroachment. In fact, much of the Yucatan Peninsula's population is of Mayan descent.

Conference venue: Hotel Melia
The hotel is located in an extensive ocean front site and consists of five building in the shape of pyramids, resembling the nearby ruins.
It is particularly well suited for delegates that wish to travel with families, since the hotel has many facilities directed to young kids.

The Mexican Caribbean region experiences both dry and rainy seasons. The rainy season extends from late May to November. Rains typically are associated with trade cumuli and also with the passage of tropical disturbances. Tropical storms have been observed in the Cancun region, but a climatological minimum in the frequency of tropical systems is found during July, when to conference will take place. Clouds will be welcomed when sightseeing, since the tropical sun can be unforgiving, particularly for travelers from mid-latitudes. Hats and sunscreen/sunblock lotion are a MUST! Be also prepared to encounter rain showers in the afternoon.

The climatological mean temperature for July is 27.60C, with mean maximum and minimum temperatures of 33.10C and 21.80C, respectively. The mean precipitation for July is 120 mm, while the annual value is 1263 mm.

Time Zone
Mexican Summer Time (GMT-5)

Mexico uses 110V, 60Hz current. Plugs consist of flat blades, commonly with a round grounding pin (Types A and B, http://www.kropla.com/electric2.htm)

The Mexican Peso is the valid currency. American dollars are accepted in many shops, albeit at a disadvantageous exchange rate. Major credit cards are widely accepted. There is a Value Added Tax (IVA of 10%) on purchases, that can be reimbursed when leaving the country. Please note that the IVA on the hotel bill will NOT be charged, upon presentation on registration of the return ticket and a foreign passport.
Most banks have Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) providing 24 hr service. ATMs can also be found in the hotel and supermarkets.

Telephone system
Clearly marked pay phones on the street have instructions for calling Europe, US and Canada using credit cards, at cheaper rates than within the hotel.
Most mobile phones should work in Cancun, but check with your local provider before traveling to avoid disappointments.

Shops in Cancun tailor to a wide range of budgets, from exclusive designer boutiques to craft markets, for souvenirs. Several shopping areas can be found along the main strip (Boulevard Kukulkan) where the hotel is located.

Regular buses run along the main strip (Boulevard Kukulkan) for $6.50 pesos, 24 hours. Taxis will be available outside the hotel main lobby. Please note that traffic can be heavy during the evening hours along Boulevard Kukulkan, and allow plenty of time for arriving to dinner or other reservations.

Medical emergencies and Insurance:
A doctor is on call at the hotel, for minor ailments. Please arrange for travel and medical insurance. The organizers will not be held liable for accidents, theft and property damage, nor for delays or any modification in the program.