By José Antonio Pérez
Puerto Peñasco welcomed approximately 700,000 visitors from June thru August this year, reports the local Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV). This represents revenue of about 730 million pesos for the area, fulfilling overall expectations though also pointing to a 1% drop hotel and resort occupancy levels in comparison to last summer.
Hector Vazquez del Mercado, OCV President, detailed Puerto Peñasco saw a 9% increase in foreign visitors this past summer, though there was a notable 8% drop in national tourists, possibly due to Mexico’s July elections. He added that summer occupancy rates averaged 72% in contrast to 73% in 2017.
Vazquez del Mercado stated available statistics confirm expectations of flattering numbers were still met, and better yet there was no negative effect felt by the disparity in the peso-dollar exchange rate. He also mentioned one can observe an ever-increasing amount and level of tourists, which is mainly thanks to the work and attention of all working within the tourism industry.