Sky lanterns: a worry for palapa owners. Sky lanterns: a worry for palapa owners.

Hotel occupancy up 4% over last year

Sky lantern fires the bad news in Triangle of the Sun destinations

The state of Guerrero is celebrating a successful Christmas tourist season in its Triangle of the Sun destinations, where the only bad news has been fires caused by sky lanterns.

In Acapulco, where reports of violence have been scarce since last Monday, hotel occupancy rates were as high as 98.5% yesterday, New Year’s Day. In all three destinations of the Triangle combined — Acapulco, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and Taxco de Alarcón — occupancy was 97.5%, said the state’s Secretariat of Tourism Development.

That figure is four points higher than last year.

Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo registered an occupancy rate of 97.1% and Taxco 89.3%.

The bad news came in the form of fires in Puerto Marqués, just southeast of the city of Acapulco, and Zihuatanejo, where sky lanterns released during New Year’s celebrations set fire to palapas.

In Puerto Marqués, 300 guests were evacuated from a hotel when its palapa caught fire in the first few minutes of the new year. It was the same story in Zihuatanejo, where the palapa of a guest house was set ablaze by one of the lanterns, a popular New Year’s attraction.

Their use has been prohibited in some places due to the fire danger they represent.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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