Tourists enjoy the beach in Acapulco. Tourists enjoy the beach in Acapulco.

Healthy tourist stats for long weekend

Guerrero's Triangle of the Sun hotel occupancy rate was 83.4%

Tourist service providers in the state of Guerrero had a good long weekend with strong numbers in occupancy rates and spending during the three-day break for independence celebrations.

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The Secretariat of Tourism of Guerrero reported that hotel occupancy in the Triangle of the Sun — which takes in Acapulco, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and Taxco — was 83.4% between Friday and Sunday, representing economic benefits of an estimated 252 million pesos, or close to US $13 million.

The state welcomed about 100,000 visitors, 64,000 of which opted for the port city of Acapulco as their destination, spending 164.6 million pesos and elevating the city’s occupancy rate to 84.7%.

This year’s figures in Acapulco are up 67.5%, officials said, a sharp increase over last year’s Independence Day weekend.

But not everyone reported good numbers.

The 46 hotels and restaurants located in Acapulco’s Pie de la Cuesta said business was up only 35%. Business owners complained that the area needs more promotion and plan to meet with municipal authorities to create a strategy that should be ready for the winter vacation period.

In Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo more than 30,000 tourists were reported. The occupancy rate was 80.1% and estimated long-weekend income was 75 million pesos.

The colonial town of Taxco saw 6,000 visitors, lifting the occupancy rates to 82.3% and spending 11 million pesos.

Source: El Sur (sp)

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