Mexican Caribbean Switches to Eastern Standard Time

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Gay Nagle Myers (Travel Weekly) writes that the Mexican Caribbean — which includes Cancun, Cozumel and the Riviera Maya — will change time zones today (February 1) when the state of Quintana Roo changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

What that means for tourists is an extra hour of daylight on the beaches, which will increase competitiveness with other destinations on EST (Florida, the Bahamas and Jamaica, for example), according to Jesus Almaguer, CEO of the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“The added sunlight should also generate reductions in electricity use for hotels and restaurants in the area. The new time will align with the same time at 22 U.S. airports, including New York and Miami, and eight Canadian airports,” he said.

The Mexican government gave the green light to change the state’s time zone last December, after more than two years of efforts by the state government and several hotel owners in Cancun.

For original article, see http://www.travelweekly.com/Mexico-Travel/Mexican-Caribbean-switching-to-Eastern-Standard-Time

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