by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, November 08, 2017, 17:59 (938 days ago) @ midalake

" Right now it's every man for himself, and especially in Ixtapa it has become toxic for the local economy."

WHAT????????? :nono:

Don't get me wrong, I love Ixtapa. Especially its residential area and what's left of its wildlife. But the exclusively all-included schemes being used by the majority of the hotels in Zona Hotelera I is killing the shops and restaurants, and I think the condition of the commercial centers speaks for itself. Those restaurants used to do a booming business as did many of the shops. I frankly don't know how most of them hang on. I do know many pay exorbitant rents. Watching them run out of money and close, only to be replaced by some bright-eyed innocent newbie from one of the inland cities with a big dream of making it in paradise, only to watch the cycle repeat itself as they run out of money, close up and move on. It breaks my heart, and I know we can do better. But it sure seems none of the people responsible for tourism policy have a clue what they're doing. Making false claims about the number of warm bodies they claim to be attracting to Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa with their so-called promotion that no one seems to recall seeing, as if the busloads of folks who barely spend a peso here represent some wonderful benefit to the community of over a hundred thousand folks dependent one way or another on tourism for their income. No amount of busloads of people so "thrifty" they bring all their food with them is going to help our community survive. We need the Ixtapa hotels to only offer all-included as an option, not the only package. If all the tourists we get in Ixtapa only consume at the hotels, then all those ancillary businesses meant to support the tourist trade in Ixtapa will keep failing, and that isn't what Ixtapa was designed for.

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