Los Cabos Plans Swift Recovery from Hurricane Odile

As the clean-up continues, tourism officials plan an ad campaign and tourism guarantee

At a special Los Cabos recovery meeting in New York last week, Mexican tourism officials from the local, state, and national level met with leading executive 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.

A major advertising campaign has 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 in Los Cabos between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15, Travel Weekly reports. It promises that if the destination is not ready for them, they will be rebooked in another Mexican destination at no cost.

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 October 8.

Fernando Bosque, director of airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, said that Delta, Southwest, Virgin America, and Spirit 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.

Hotel Update

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 would move up to 6,500 by Nov. 1; 7, 225 by Nov. 15; and fully operational by Dec. 20.

Among the 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 November 15 and the Grand Mayan Los Cabos, which has significant damage, will be closed for approximately two months.

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.

For a complete list of hotel openings, head here.