WestJet began a new service to Oaxaca yesterday. WestJet began a new service to Oaxaca yesterday.

New air connections for holiday destination

Flights announced to Huatulco, Oaxaca, from Chicago and Vancouver

The government of Oaxaca has announced two new airline connections linking one of the state’s tourism destinations with the United States and Canada.

Tourism Secretary Juan Carlos Rivera said the Canadian airline WestJet began offering weekly flights between Vancouver, Canada, and Huatulco yesterday. The service will run until April 22.

Another new route will begin operating November 18 between Chicago and Huatulco, but the name of the airline was not identified, nor was the frequency of the flights given.

Rivera also predicted the arrival of a new service linking the popular coastal destination with the United Kingdom.

Oaxaca’s tourism industry has been hurt this year by weather and earthquakes, but the tourism secretary was optimistic that Day of the Dead celebrations this week, which are gaining fame nationally and internationally, will bring large numbers of visitors and an economic spillover of 160 million pesos (US $8.3 million).

The city of Oaxaca and the coast destinations of Huatulco and Puerto Escondido are expected to benefit with record hotel occupancy.

Rivera also said 5 million pesos was being invested in a marketing campaign to counteract the effects of the September earthquakes, one of which did severe damage in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region, but had little effect on tourism destinations.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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