Mazatlan mayor ask that lodging tax be returned to the city

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The Secretary of Tourism indicated that with this resource it is necessary to support the smallest and most unprotected municipalities

Mazatlan, Sinaloa.- The governor Rubén Rocha Moya promised that come to Mazatlan tax hosting of the 3 percent that is collected in the municipality, said Mayor Luis Guillermo Benitez Torres.

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He said that he was glad that the state budget for 2022 has been approved, because it also benefits Mazatlán, because the governor made commitments with the Mazatlan people and he will be able to fulfill them, and one of them is to allocate the lodging tax to this tourist destination.

That everything that is billed in Mazatlan for the lodging tax, comes back to the city to promote it as it should, it was what the hoteliers had asked, that it arrive here, if we are generating it, why is it distributed in others sides, “he stressed.

He considered that with these resources, it is unimaginable what can be done to promote this tourist destination.

However, returning the entire 3 percent tax on lodging generated by Mazatlán, as requested by the mayor, cannot be possible, assured the Secretary of Tourism, Rosario Torres Noriega.

“I differ from the Municipal President, we have to talk, obviously it is a budget that is managed by the State Tourism Secretariat, not the municipality of Mazatlán, but that budget also has to do with the municipalities, we must adopt the smaller municipalities and more unprotected, then, we will also see it with the Hotel Associations, that they bring what is the promotion ”.

Torres Noriega said that he will sit down with each hotel association to follow up on the work plan that each one has, and when the Municipal President also requires it, they will also sit with him, because he has not been given the opportunity to talk with Mayor.

The state Secretary of Tourism commented that there is transparency in the handling of the lodging tax, and in the face of concern on the part of the hoteliers, assured that a lot of transparency will be given to its application, which will be carried out through the Advisory Council.

“Those who make up the Advisory Council, who are chairs that are really occupied, we do not want empty chairs because there we are going to make the decisions,” he said.

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