I am sharing this article today from http://www.sipse.com about how tourism is on the rise here. The article is translated from Spanish.
Expected rebound in tourism summer vacation
They estimate an average occupancy of 85% in the various destinations in southern Quintana Roo.
Yesterday Friday, June 26, 2015 7:36
Claudia Martin / SIPSE
Chetumal, Q. Roo.- Grand Costa Maya The Trust expects an increase of 10 percentage points in the tourist visitors flow during the summer 2015, estimated Chamber Fernando Salazar, president of the Trust.
According to statistics of the State Secretariat of Tourism in Chetumal there are two, 400 hotel rooms, 900 rooms between hostels, apartments, cottages and hotels in Mahahual and Bacalar 400, which would achieve an average occupancy of 85% in the destinations, that is, the arrival of about six thousand visitors.
“Bacalar and Mahahual and have virtually sold out for the holiday season, although there are reservations from July 10 until August 23 for the entire beach area in Chetumal also a rise of 65% or 70% is expected.”
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Salazar House said that in the first half of the year have had contact with travel agencies, tour operators and tourism service providers Chicago, Madrid, Berlin, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Italy and, of course, Mexico, where it has promoted Southern Quintana Roo.
“In advocacy work they have involved the tourism service providers, chambers of commerce, state authorities, local tourism and the Trust have worked since the beginning of the year in the promotion and now expect results.”
The hotel infrastructure of the Grand Costa Maya is distributed as follows: 72 hotels in Chetumal, 39 hotels in Mahahual, Bacalar 32 hotels and two hotels in Kohunlich.
Among the activities to be performed, according to the catalog offered by the Trust itself you are the Chetumal rediscover visiting museums, parks, fountains and colonial houses as well as archaeological sites.
Bacalar enjoy the Lagoon of Seven Colors and clear waters of Mahahual, sites, where you can perform various water sports or simply enjoy the tranquility that characterizes them.
Here is a post I did on a local Facebook group here in Mahahual. I try to explain why I don’t write my blog in Spanish, and to avoid some confusion. I tried to use Google Translate to write something in Spanish as a courtesy to some of my Mexican readers, and it caused a big backlash, I hope this helps to explain my dilemma.
“I thought I would share this to avoid some confusion.
First of all, I am a 56-year-old diabetic man from South Carolina who attracts crazy women, I am lucky to be alive, much less fluent in Spanish, being from South Carolina, I can barely speak English. If anybody in Mahahual who knows me will attest, I try to speak Spanish when I am dealing with locals. I know I butcher the language sometimes, but at least I try, and people are patient with me after a while. It is hard for me to speak English to tourists all day then switch over to Spanish at night, I have a lot of respect for people who are bi-lingual. I had a Mexican woman friend tell me all the time, that I need to learn Spanish better, and I should watch Mexican TV to learn more. I use Google Translate when I translate news events from Mexican newspapers for my blog, and Spanish does not translate well to English either, I always post that I am using Google Translate, to avoid confusion, I guess I thought I could use it on this post, sorry. I try to write 1,000 words a day on my blog about Mahahual, and if I wrote another 1,000 in Spanish, my head would explode. My mind goes 100 miles an hour all the time, sometimes I cannot express myself in English, much less Spanish. The blog that I started in Mahahual brings people to Mahahual who would never have dreamed of going there, at the moment I have over 130,000 readers of the blog. Right now I am in Merida closing on a deal with an American developer who is going to build 136 condos in the casitas, which provide a lot of jobs and taxes in Mahahual and contribute to its growth. All this off of my Mahahual blog, and there always people arriving in Mahahual off of my blog, and I find hotel rooms for them rental properties. If you don’t believe me ask Sergio Duran, I am always sending people to his hotel, ask Karla Contreras at Ibza Sunset, I am constantly bringing them customers. And trust me I am not getting rich in Mahahual. I know I am a guest in Mexico and I conduct myself accordingly. I did not mean to start a Facebook war, I just thought I would do the same with people in Mahahual the same way I use Google Translate with Americans when translating. Sorry it will never happen again, I will stick with what I know. On my blog I am positive about Mahahual all the time, and I am responsible for a lot of Mahahual’s exposure to the outside world, if you don’t believe ask around town. I work for a Mexican company, I live amongst Mexicans, eat Mexican. I am not one of those Gringos who live in a secluded compound or anything and try to isolate myself from the locals. I believe in “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, the only problem I have is the language, so again I apologize, it will not happen again.”
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina