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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, January 10, 2020, 19:04 (319 days ago) @ Ironwood

I recall us having a chat about Americans and Canadians dropping a million dollars a day into Ixtapa - Zihu and you chastised me saying it's was Mexican tourism that carried the area.

Change of heart ?


I think you aren't reading what I wrote very carefully. My comment was about tour bus tourists inflating high season statistics. I stand by my earlier comment. They do not contradict each other.


I guess we've led sheltered lives here in Zihua for the past 20 years, but I was shocked to read recently that many bus tourists sleep overnight in the buses....and apparently have for years. We recently noticed large crowds standing around in the huge bus parking lot near Plaza Kyoto, having their breakfasts cooked on portable stoves. Quite believable that these visitors don't spend a lot of money in town.

Locally there's a lot of discussion and disagreement about regulating this type of tourism including banning most tour busses from La Ropa, like they are supposed to be banned from downtown, because they simply do not fit on our small streets. Years ago when our local tourism authorities went to several inland cities ostensibly to promote Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa this is the type of tourism they apparently drummed up. Inflates numbers and looks good on paper as long as you exclude or fudge other numbers such as la derrama económica. One of the problems is they are displacing other groups of tourists. Another is they foment the growth of the informal economy such as the illegal restaurants that set up at La Ropa selling seafood even though they have no running water, no drainage or bathroom, and they tend to toss their garbage where it doesn't belong. There's an argument that this type of tourism should not be promoted, though of course not banned either. Wandering vendors love them as do many restaurants at Las Gatas, Isla Ixtapa and Playa Linda because they consume something, even if it's just families with coolers and their own food just consuming a few snacks, refrescos and beer.


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