Sinaloa continues to consolidate as one of the most profitable destinations in the country. Proof of them is the significant increase in the arrival of tourists during the first quarter of this year to Mazatlan and Sinaloa.
In a press conference, the Director of Tourism Development Teresa Letamendi Patrón, representing the Secretary of Tourism Óscar Pérez Barros, highlighted that Mazatlán and Sinaloa continue to position themselves as destinations that offer new products and that are still in transformation, thereby increasing the flow of national and international tourists.
The above was given to clarify the statements made by the president of the Mexican Association of Travel Agencies (AMAV), Jorge Hernández, to a newspaper of national circulation, in which he says that the rates of tourist arrivals to the country and Mazatlan have descended, something that in this last case is not a reality, according to the statistics that are available, said Letamendi Patrón.
He reported that during the period from January to March of this year, in a preliminary way, 901 thousand 273 tourists arrived, compared to 824 thousand 933 that were received in 2018, which represents an increase of 9.25 percent.
Similarly, Mazatlan had 575 thousand 170 (first quarter of this year) compared to 534 thousand 961 of 2018, which meant an increase of 8 percent
Regarding the arrival of tourist cruises, it increased 70 percent since 2017, taking into account that 80 were received that year; 2018 were 92 and this year will be 136. To date we have received 63 cruises with 175,403 cruise passengers, with an estimated economic loss of more than 12.2 million dollars.
With regard to private investment in tourism in the State, he said that during 2018 we had a growth of 115% compared to 2017; the tourism sector represents 28.98 of the total private investment in the state.
Likewise based on the statistical numbers of the month of February, published in the digital pages of the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System, Sinaloa ranks 26th in the criminal incidence, when in the previous year it was located in the fifth place .
On the other hand, Gloria Villanueva Tirado, president of the AMAV in Mazatlan, stated that she contacted Jorge Hernández, who told her that she never really mentioned Mazatlán and that she would deny the version they published in the newspaper.
Tirado added that the Travel Agencies in Sinaloa, all have jobs and that they will send the statistical information they have of the percentages of tourist arrivals so that they have a base in their declarations.
Also, Julio Birrueta, director of the Association of Hotels and Tourism Companies said that, “it is important to manage real numbers in what is the flow of tourists, that is why it is necessary to clarify that type of statements where Sinaloa and Mazatlan are mentioned, in a group of places where tourism has not grown and places where there has been no improvement in the security issue when it has been all the opposite. “
In turn, Fernando Alaniz, president of the Association of Vacation Clubs of Sinaloa Pacific Coast, commented that they were surprised by that note since it has been noted the change that the State has had, and Mazatlan, recovering in all the indexes, and a It shows the fact that the convention of the Mexican Association of Touristic Developers (Amedtur) has just been carried out with great success in Mazatlan.
The conference was also attended by Socorro García, de la Canirac, and Juanny Ortega Cristerna, from the 3 Islands Hotel and Motel Association, who agreed on the achievements in tourism.
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