Re: a spark of hope

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Escrito por ZihuaRob desde ( el día miércoles, 12 de octubre, 2005 a las 14:54:19 horas :

En respuesta a: Re: a spark of hope escrito por Old Fish desde ( el día miércoles, 12 de octubre, 2005 a las 14:22:53 horas :

Yeah, it does kinda seem that way, but I believe the answer is in the promotion of more of the smaller and luxurious boutique hotels. Places such as Casa Que Canta, Villa del Sol (though they have grown a bit), Villa Carolina, La Quinta Troppo, Hotel Las Palmas, Amuleto, Casa Kau-Kan and similar lodgings are the key to sustainable local growth, and they actually allow for more of the tourist pesos to remain in our area. The larger hotels keep not paying their taxes and then getting a huge discount (50% last year) when they finally DO pay. So the long-term benefit of such places is dubious at best, while the smaller hotels make less impact on the environment and tend to pay their full taxes more regularly.

The benefit from the megaprojects to the corruptos is in the zoning, licensing and construction phases where all kinds of shady deals take place among influential elites (often associated with certain construction companies) and corrupt public servants. Locals do not really benefit since many new jobs are usually given to workers brought here from somewhere else who are later abandoned once the construction work is finished.

As a webmaster for both large traditional hotels and small luxury boutique hotels I have to say the more popular and most visited websites belong to the smaller luxury boutique hotels. In other words, our visitors are showing their preference in lodging, but the corrupt and inept public officials as well as a few naïve turisteros are ignoring this fact, some perhaps on purpose since it serves their personal interests.

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