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Holy Week tourism expected to be strong

Numbers in Guerrero are already up over last year

Federal tourism officials are forecasting higher numbers than last year for Holy Week, and indications from some tourist destinations are that they might be right.

Despite crime gang violence, Acapulco recorded an 87% hotel occupancy rate yesterday, while elsewhere in Guerrero, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo was at 90% and Taxco, 72%.

Holy Week figures from last year were significantly lower for the three destinations: this year’s figures are up 54%, 34% and 52%, respectively.

The Tourism Secretariat, Sectur, is forecasting that most destinations will see higher numbers this year. Among them are Cancún, where an 89% occupancy rate is expected, Cozumel with 85%, Isla Mujeres with 69%, and the Riviera Maya 90%.

One busy place this week is the Cancún International Airport, where close to 60 airlines are handling on average 200 flights a day.

On the Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta is forecast to have 100% occupancy, Los Cabos 95%, La Paz 62% and Loreto 74%.

Not all travelers are happy, judging by information provided by the consumer protection agency Profeco. It says it has received 10,000 complaints so far during Holy Week, mostly in relation to service by airlines.

But Profeco chief Ernesto Nemer Álvarez said 70% have already been resolved.

Source: Milenio (sp), El Sol de México (sp)

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