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Year-end tourism higher than expected

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Year-end tourism higher than expected
Hotel occupancy rates of 85% were higher than predicted.

The tourism industry is celebrating a very successful Christmas-New Year’s tourist season for Puerto Escondido.

According to Puerto Escondido Hotel Association chairwoman Lizeth Rojas Ruiz, expectations were surpassed. “We actually exceeded the original 74% occupancy rate forecast by the Ministry of Tourism. We are currently reviewing all the information from Dec. 16 to Jan. 8, and our numbers show an average of 85%,” she said.

A family from México City interviewed by Ecos del Pacífico found in the beaches of Oaxaca and in Puerto an escape from all the stressful and hectic daily routines.

Kevin traveled with his entire family, including in-laws, uncles and nephews, who all had fun in the warm waters of Puerto Angelito beach.

“It is a good opportunity to spend time with the family, and go out to enjoy the beaches and the warmth, that is very good, especially to get out of all that stress and that routine of the city. We come out to breathe,” he said.

“We went to visit the beaches of Huatulco and Mazunte, and now we are here in Puerto Escondido. I told my husband, ‘Let’s go, we have to go out and get some sun,'” added Nayeli, his wife.

State tourism authorities estimated the season would translate into 274 million pesos (US $14.3 million) in revenue, however, the final figure could be much higher.

“Many families visited, mainly from the interior of the country. For example, [we had] a lot of tourism from Mexico City, but also from [the states of] Puebla, Guerrero, and the city of Oaxaca itself, although we also had tourists from the north of the country, such as from Tijuana, Nuevo León and Ciudad Juárez,” said Rojas.

The Puerto Escondido lifeguard corps was active throughout the season and into the calmer days that inevitably followed it. The holidays, said lifeguard coordinator Godofredo Vásquez, concluded with a clean record. However, they did have to offer warnings to tourists “since the currents we had on Zicatela Beach were quite strong. Fortunately there were no calamities to speak of, although there were several rescues,” he said.

With reports from Ecos del Pacífico

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