Cozumel Caribe SA files for bankruptcy


A Mexican provider of tourism services at a beachfront hotel in Cozumel filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection Tuesday.

Cozumel Caribe SA blamed its bankruptcy filing on the “drastic” drop in foreign tourists visiting the Hotel Park Royal Cozumel, from where the company operates.

“The recent world recession and crisis in the Mexican tourism sector has brought about a reduction in the flows of cash required to cover the costs and expenses of operating tourism-related businesses,” Agustin Garcia Bolanos Cacho, chairman of Cozumel Caribe’s board of directors, said in court papers.

The crisis Cacho was referring to includes the devalution of the Mexican peso, he said, as well as last year’s H1N1 flu epidemic. Cacho also noted that more tourists were staying home in light of rampant drug violence, the topic of many recent U.S. news reports.

The company said that although it took such emergency steps as reducing its staff and operating costs, negotiating better trade conditions with its suppliers and trying to create new business plans, it found itself strapped for cash when its lenders decided to withhold funds.

According to Bloomberg, Cozumel Caribe reported more than $100 million in debts and assets of more than $10 million in its bankruptcy petition, filed with the Manhattan bankruptcy court.