Re: Pier article

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Escrito por ZihuaRob desde ( el día viernes, 10 de agosto, 2007 a las 11:21:49 horas :

En respuesta a: Re: Pier article escrito por sam desde ( el día viernes, 10 de agosto, 2007 a las 10:54:56 horas :

"2000 passengers per ship 10 ships per week thats a lot of $$ to a few vendors"

And a lot of lost revenue to the majority of established taxpaying businesses since most visitors in our hotels and vacation rentals avoid shopping in downtown or eating at its restaurants while cruise ships are in port.

Of the 2,000 or so passengers a ship might have, nowhere near that many disembark from the ship, and the purchases they make are mostly inexpensive items. So I would argue there is actually a net loss of taxable income to the community.

A more important consideration is that Zihuatanejo has become a vacation destination for more high-end tourists who come here because Zihuatanejo isn't another Acapulco or Puerto Vallarta. They spend considerably much more money than the cruise ship passengers to be here. So the "responsible authorities" need to decide which they prefer: high-end tourists many of whom spend over US$1,000 a day to be here, or the much lower-spending tourists who may spend on average only as much as US$25 (I'd wager most don't even spend that much).

The beneficiaries of the cruise ships are the artisans market, a handful of tour companies, an Ixtapa hotel or two where some of them go and drink by their pool, and a few shops in Ixtapa that make deals and pay kickbacks to tour companies to lead their tour groups there. There may be a few more, but all in all the beneficiaries are very few in comparison to the beneficiaries of our traditional local lodging-based tourists.

There are a few minor errors in the article such as the distances of Acapulco, Ixtapa and Playa Larga from Zihuatanejo, and the references to SOS Bahía as "organizing" opposition (we organized ourselves) and "halting" 2 previous attempts to build a pier (the united community blocked the 2 previous attempts).

What is most noteworthy is the reference to the law protecting mangrove estuaries. Doña Laura brought this point up previously in a discussion a while back about planned development at La Barra de Potosí. This law may help us to save and prevent commercial development not only of the lagoon area at Las Salinas but also La Barra de Potosí.

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