At a special Los Cabos recovery meeting held in New York last week, Mexican tourism officials from the local, state, and national levels met with leading executives from hotel chains, airlines, and travel agencies to reassure them that Los Cabos is recovering swiftly from the damage caused by Hurricane Odile on Sept. 14, Travel Weekly reports
The Category 3 storm made a direct hit on this popular tourist destination on September 14, bringing 125 mph winds and six hours of rain.
A major advertising campaign has also been created with the tagline, "Los Cabos. Unstoppable." The campaign is scheduled to roll out on Oct. 15, Travel Weekly
adds. The advertising campaign will also include a guarantee for consumers booking travel to Los Cabos between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15. The guarantee promises that if the destination is not ready for them, they will be rebooked in another Mexican destination at no cost.
As one of the country's top incentive travel destinations, Los Cabos earlier this year played host to a record-breaking Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) Annual Invitational
event in late May, bringing more than 400 incentive industry buyers and suppliers to the Baja California Sur beach resort.
The streets, marina, and beaches have been cleaned, and most importantly, the beach itself did not suffer any serious erosion as a result of the Category 3 hurricane. Power is back to most of Cabo San Lucas and the rest will be restored within a week. Restaurants, fishing charters, tour operators, grocery stores, and shops are reopening by the dozens every day.
And while San José del Cabo International Airport (SJD) remains closed with damaged terminals, it did not suffer any serious infrastructure damage. An estimated reopening is scheduled for Oct. 8.
Fernando Bosque, director of airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, said that Delta, Southwest, Virgin America, and Spirit airlines will restart service from some markets on or within a day or two of Oct. 8, when the airport reopens to commercial traffic, according to Travel Weekly
According to Travel Weekly, Ruben Reachi, minister of tourism for the state of Baja California Sur where Los Cabos is located, said that the local association of hotels issued forecasts showing that, of the 12,000 rooms in inventory, 5,103 would be open by Oct. 15. The number is expected to move up to 6,500 rooms by Nov. 1; to 7,225 rooms by Nov. 15; and the hotel inventory should be fully operational by Dec. 20, Reachi said.
Hotels that have reported damage include the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort; the Hotel Esperanza; the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar; and The Westin Los Cabos. Most hotels are planning to reopen in October. The new Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort, which hosted the IRF Invitational, is working on a Nov. 15 reopening.
Fiesta Americana Los Cabos will not be accepting groups until Nov. 15 and the Grand Mayan Los Cabos, which suffered significant damage, will be closed for approximately two months.
For a complete list of hotel openings, head here.