3:21 a.m.
Thursday, 21 September 2017

Tourism locations in B.C. remain hollow

Tijuana, Baja California.- Hotel occupancy of the main tourist centers of Baja California continues depressed and obeying only seasonal periods, according to a report by the Center for Economic Studies of Tijuana(CEET).

The study of CEET with figures from the federal Secretary of Tourism revealed that the main federal resorts of the state are located, within average hotel occupancy in the last parts of the country.

So, at the bottom of the list was San Felipe with an average occupancy of 7.9 percent, while in the third last national place was Rosarito with` 12.6 percent, rated by CEET as "depressing" while Tecate did not leaked out from the list of lower occupancy, recording 23.1 percent.

In its weekly analysis it focused on the recent long weekend vacation, the binational agency influence said that one should not “fall into illusions” like the secretary of the State’s Tourism when celebrating it was a complete success, because several factors play in the tourism chain and besides hotel occupancy “ there is the vacationers expenditure which has been less ".

The CEET stresses that in recent years tourism in Baja California is essentially local (70%), that is to say that most are residents of the state, which impacts for example hotels since 60% are looking to stay with family and friends, 80% use their own transportation and the latter affects the expense since that allows vacationers arrive with a good portion of the products that will be consumed, as it happens particularly in the case of citizens of Mexicali with San Felipe.

Thus, although Tintos Funcke said there was a displacement of approximately 354 thousand travelers to various destinations and tourist sites during the holiday weekend, the CEET noted that this does not necessarily imply greater economic benefit and stressed that levels of hotel occupancy rates remain around 10 percent points below that was before the 2008 crisis and the proof is that in the case of San Felipe the number of rooms has been down for two consecutive years and will continue until February 17 with minus 0.1 percent.

The CEET adds that monitoring conducted by the Secture still must be validated with the one that makes Data Tour, the official entity responsible of informing hotel occupancy levels in the country. Furthermore, according to a survey done by the CEET, in the case of Mexicali seafood restaurants, movie theaters, Bosque de la ciudad (zoo) and other attractions of the urban area, recorded very important inflows, indicating that not everyone traveled to other parts of the State, as it has been handled.

The agency concludes by recalling that according to the Tourism Sector Program revenues from border tourists spending recorded a fall of over 20% compared to 2008, going from 708.1 million dollars to 563.9 million dollars.

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