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Californian killed in Ixtapa - Final Thoughts

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, January 02, 2018, 09:20 (14 days ago) @ Zbulldog

I've got a question. Where the hell are the local hotel associations? In all my years here I have not heard any of them once speak out against violence that impacts tourists. Tourists and part-time residents often ask me whom to contact, and many times I've told them to ask their lodging providers and I've tried to steer the discussion their way numerous times over the years, but the hoteliers just shrug it off or ignore it altogether just like the tourism authorities claiming it's not their area of concern. When the mayor cynically formed a Citizens Committee For Public Security to which I was invited, I couldn't help but notice some of the Ixtapa hoteliers there, and I made a point of greeting them to make sure they knew I knew who they were. Since that initial meeting where the mayor posed smiling for photos, there has been no followup and no vocal participation in any public discussions regarding our public security problems by any of the leaders of the hotel associations. I've spoken to some local hotel owners who say they don't know what to do because there is no one in the local government they trust and the hotel association has yet to show any real interest in the subject. Well I say their time has come to speak up and LOUDLY.

The people who stand to lose the most are the big hotels, but they rely on their mass marketing strategies to find them rubes, apparently caring nothing about repeat visitors who might have an uncomfortable question they prefer not to deal with. Many other turisteros have similar attitudes, loving it when I send clients their way but despising the open discussions here about uncomfortable truths they don't want to deal with. I have to laugh when folks like them or in government claim I'm responsible for scaring folks away. Blaming the messenger and ignoring the unchecked public insecurity (or the numerous other problems that remain unattended for years and decades). It ain't me, babe. I'm not the one causing folks to feel unsafe. I'm the one answering their (your) questions because no one else appears courteous enough to even make the effort. And that's a damn shame and simply unacceptable at this point.

So my question remains: what are the local hotel associations and other tourism associations doing to call the government to task in order to get our problem of public insecurity attended to?

Why is it impossible to call the police on their phone?
Why do the police never seem to show up until there's a body to recover?
Why did the body of a U.S. citizen lie in a parking lot just off the main boulevard of Ixtapa for 4 hours unattended before the police even bothered showing up?

Obviously several "responsible authorities" simply aren't doing their jobs, and they need to be held accountable.

Please ask them when you make your inquiries for any of their services.


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