Acapulco Mexico Sports
The Mexican Pacific coast resort of Acapulco is delaying the return of tourists as the violence that drives travelers away slowly recedes. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador visited the once glamorous resort on Friday and promised to fix pollution problems in its famous bay.
Guerrero state's governor said Friday that hotels will be allowed to reopen after the worst cholera outbreak in the country's history for the first time in more than a year. Governor Hector Astudillo said Acapulco had reduced the number of deaths to an average of 9.6 a day and reduced overcrowding in the city's hospitals, which had suffered earlier during the pandemic.
But even if those forecasts come true, it will be a long road back for the battered tourism industry. Tourism revenues fell by 51.5% in the first quarter, and the figures for the second quarter are certain to be worse. The number of murders has fallen by about 20% compared to the same period in 2019, but the number of murders is still more than 50% higher than a year ago.