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Quintana Roo beaches threatened by smelly seaweed invasion

Quintana Roo beaches threatened by smelly seaweed invasion

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tourists looking for sun and sand in Quintana Roo, Mexico resorts such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum have been disgusted by foul-smelling mounds of sargassum — a seaweed-like algae — piling up on beaches and turning turquoise waters brown, and experts are warning that …

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Summer seaweed invasion taking a toll on Mexico

Summer seaweed invasion taking a toll on Mexico

Caption Close TULUM, Mexico – It started washing ashore in the Caribbean eight years ago, the smelly, yellow-brown seaweed known as sargassum. Then, just as mysteriously, it disappeared. Now the avalanche of algae is becoming an annual event – with increasingly dire consequences. This year, tons of the seaweed have …

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Sargassum, oversupply blamed for downturn at Mexican hotels

Sargassum, oversupply blamed for downturn at Mexican hotels

Mexico’s hospitality sector appears to have hit a stumbling block. According to recent data from STR, the country’s hotel industry experienced a significant downturn in the second quarter, as RevPAR and average daily rate (ADR) dropped 6.1% and 3.1%, respectively, countrywide.  Concurrently, occupancy slipped 3.1%, marking the lowest second-quarter occupancy …

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Bahia Principe Tackles Seaweed Problem in Mexico

As Mexico invests millions to remove over half a million tons of sargassum seaweed from its Caribbean beaches, Bahia Principe Hotels Resorts has also undertaken action to clean the white-sand beaches for tourists.   The resort operator said it put in place a non-invasive barrier system and saw “a 95% …

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