Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Poor tourism prognosis concerns Puerto Vallarta official

And those who do visit are likely to be traveling on a tight budget

Guadalajara -
In mid-May the the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reported that Mexico took some hits in 2012, measured by both the number of passenger arrivals and the income generated by such. Mexico drops another notch in gross tourism receipts.

Yesterday the country's internal revenue service, the Hacienda y Crédito Publico, delivered up very sobering news about the national economy as a whole. Sluggish Mexican economy worries foreign investment experts. One component which again received a poor prognosis was tourism, and now a Puerto Vallarta businessman says he fears what lies ahead for the Pacific Coast resort.

In an interview today with the Milenio news service, Martín Puebla Ontiveros, president of the local chapter of the Cámara Nacional de Comercio, Servicios y Turismo (CANACO), said that a variety of factors, economic and otherwise, have already demonstrated what the Hacienda warned of yesterday.

CANACO describes itself as a 139 year old non-partisan business organization which represents the general trade and tourist sectors, and advocates their interests before Mexico's congress and federal government agencies.

Puebla Ontiveros said that he views Puerto Vallarta as particularly at risk. And he noted that those who do visit the city will probably find their journey more constrained by budgetary considerations than in years gone by, presenting further challenges for local merchants, some of whom claim the 2012-13 high season was the worst in memory. Puerto Vallarta sweats through dog days of summer.

Security worries also continue to plague Vallarta. Some are linked to Mexico's drug war, which will soon enter its 81st month (Puerto Vallarta: tensions linger after brazen narco attack), and others to delincuencia callejera - street crime ("No clues" a common response with Puerto Vallarta P.D.).

Oct. 17 - Narco execution in Puerto Vallarta tourist zone claims two Guadalajara attorneys
July 15 - Cancún and Quintana Roo are not under a U.S. advisory, but maybe they should be
July 12 - U.S. State Dept. issues new travel advisories for Mexico
June 6 - Mexican tourism posts strong four month recovery
Apr. 9 - Yucatán tourism remained flat in first quarter of 2013
Mar. 7 - U.S. security consultant Stratfor urges tourist caution in Mexico
Feb. 9 - U.S. travelers: a "generalized terror" of northern Mexico
Feb. 6 - International press bombards Acapulco: "a death zone"

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