“Durango is consolidated as a regional tourist destination,” said the state governor, José Rosas Aispuro Torres, as the state registered 1.1 million visitors in 2019, with an economic spill of 1.2 billion pesos.
During the presentation of the Ministry of Tourism 2019 results, where Eleazar Gamboa de la Parra reported a record number of tourists arriving at the Durango air terminal, with a total of 527 thousand passengers.
The state president along with the president of the Business Coordinating Council (CCE), Jaime Mijares Salum and leaders of different business chambers, participated in the meeting where reference was also made to the annual hotel occupancy average of 55 percent, which represented a growth of 3 percent.
However, in summer vacations there was an occupation of 78 percent according to figures from the DATATUR System, and large influx of civilians derived from the opening of seven new routes that began operating at the end of 2018 and during 2019, said Gamboa de la Parra.
As for the profile of the visitors, he said that due to geographical reasons, there was a greater presence of tourists from Sinaloa, mainly from the Port of Mazatlan. “That is why this entity is considered to have great potential for tourist attraction, from cities such as Culiacán and Los Mochis, ” he said.
Upon learning about these records, the head of the Executive asked to form a proposal for further promotion and focus the work towards regional tourism that represents 85 percent, and also with Mexican nationals who arrive mainly in the summer.
Regarding nature tourism, the state official explained that there was an occupation of 97 to 98 percent, which represented a growth of 5 percentage points.
Finally, on the issue of passenger flow in the air terminal, a total of 527 thousand passengers were recorded, which represents an increase of 25.8 percent and is a historical figure for Durango.
With this, in comparison with the 14 regional airports that OMA manages, it was the one with the highest percentage growth.
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