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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Global Summit over Lessons Learned from Influenza (H1N1) to take place in Cancun July 1-3rd 2009

Health representatives from forty countries, the WHO, and the Pan
American Health Organization and the highest level specialists will be
in attendance

Cancun, Mexico -June 29th, 2009 -- Cancun has been designated as the
host destination for the Global Summit over Lessons Learned from
Influenza A (H1N1). During a press conference held on June 22nd, where
the Minister of Health, Jose Cordova made the announcement, the
Governor of Quintana Roo, Felix Gonzalez, emphasized the importance of
this event for the state as it shows the reestablishment of confidence
and trust in the country, specially in this state, where tourism
continues to recuperate at a rapid pace.

In addition, Gonzalez announced the event expects the participation of
the general directors from important organizations, such as Margaret
Chan from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Mirta Roses of the
Pan-American Organization of Health. Likewise, he is counting on the
presence of 40 ministers of health from different countries, as well
as on the highest level specialists with the ultimate goal to inform
the public about everything regarding the Influenza virus (H1N1).

"After a month and nine days of having lifted the warning in countries
such as United States and Canada, Cancun has 65% hotel occupancy, only
ten points below what we consider normal for this season, in
comparison to last year, which represents that the state is recovering
its tourism activity following the health crisis," signaled the
Governor.

"The Global Summit will not only position Mexico and Quintana Roo as a
safe place for tourist activity, but also will serve as platform to
exchange knowledge and information regarding Influenza A (H1N1) virus
benefiting people around the worlds," added Gonzalez.

"Mexico's immediate reaction, taking control of the epidemic in a
matter of a month, and acquired knowledge is proof that the world can
only benefit from Mexico's experience," said the Minister of Health.

About Cancun
Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican
state of Quintana Roo. The island of Cancun is in the shape of a "7"
and is bordered to the north by the Bahia de Mujeres; to the east by
the Caribbean Sea; and to the west by the Nichupte Lagoon. Cancun is
Mexico's largest tourist destination and boasts 146 hotels with a
total of 28,808 rooms.

Opportunities for new experiences abound in Cancun, which offers
visitors an ideal setting for interacting with nature and discovering
Mayan culture.

Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau www.cancun.travel

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