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Ixt-Zihua gets a nod; Mex. tourist promotion, a knock

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, August 03, 2019, 18:24 (22 days ago) @ zulualpha

First off, a big nod to Bolivia, too, for its own tourism boom as well as doing such a fantastic job with the Rally Dakar this year. They've come a long way in a short time, and attracting a sport of millionaires is no minor feat.

Unfortunately Mexico's current president fails to appreciate the economic stimulus that tourism represents, and that's part of the reason our GDP this year is only 0.1%. While it's certainly admirable that he wants to make up for the historical rezago in Mexico's social safety net that for too long has been the watering trough of its most corrupt public servants, tourism is one way to easily stimulate the economy in the short term and give folks some spending money. I agree we don't want to rely solely on service jobs which limit the upward mobility of workers, but ending corruption and educating people to the point where they can grow the middle-class is a generational transition, not something to be accomplished in a presidential term of 6 years. The president is counting on the private sector to step up, but as we say in Spanish they tend to channel water to their own mills instead of seeking to benefit the communities in which they are located.

By the end of this year some of the benefits of the initial changes of Mexico's 4ta Transformación will begin to be felt and render fruit, and it will allow increased purchasing power among a large sector of the population, albeit minor, but still significant. Our destroyed health care system is where the challenge is turning out to be much greater than expected. Remember that new hospital built in recent years in Petatlán? It's a weed garden now, like hundreds of other such projects across the nation. Corruption and impunity have taken a huge toll on our social services and infrastructure, so the savings from tackling corruption only keeps revealing how devastated greedy people have left our country.

It's certainly time to stop rewarding greed, but we also need to be having an adult discussion about living healthier and being more civic-minded citizens.

While I doubt the nomination of Zihuatanejo as a top destination will increase our tourism noticeably, we do receive tourists from South America, and it's a market we should also be cultivating just like the eastern part of the USA and Canada where the most wealth is concentrated.


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