More Brits for Mexico?

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as we see Mexico - endless, sandy beaches like this near Puerta Vallarta

as we see Mexico – endless, sandy beaches like this near Puerta Vallarta

A few weeks ago,  the annual Mexican tourism binge was held. During the show, the Mexican president announced that the country will spend nearly $14 billion to update the tourism industry.

The president also announced that new sustainable tourism projects will be developed at heritage sites in Chichen Itza, Palenque, Calakmul and Teotihuacan and the ‘magic towns’ program will also be expanded to 100 locations. Beach amenities and colonial districts will be given a major makeover along with the construction of convention centres and 20 new public parks at Mexican beaches.

The third phase in the national tourism plan is to bring Mexico’s seaports and airports into the modern age and make them more attractive for arriving tourists.

The fact that British and Irish visitors make up a substantial part of the 23 million visitors that Mexico attracts means that I was interested to see if there was any likelihood of more scheduled services to the country but, no, that still isn’t on the cards. We have the charter flights to Cancun that a number of tour operators offer and, from this month, we have the Thomson charter service that flies to Puerta Vallarta from Gatwick and Manchester but the Aeromexico flight to Mexico City is the only direct scheduled flight.

In 2012, 363,142 British nationals visited Mexico and Cancun was the destination that attracted the majority of us. Will the new Thomson flight open up the western coast of Mexico to British and Irish visitors?

Marina Riviera Nayarit

Marina Riviera Nayarit

Their flight into Puerto Vallarta will not only open up a different part of Mexico but a different range of things. The city is in the state of Jalisco which is the home of tequila and the mariachi. Just outside this city which is a huge magnet for American and Canadian visitors and which has a number of them living in retirement here. Go to the airport and you hardly see any flights to anywhere else but these countries. The neighbouring state of Nayarit is a few miles from the airport and here you will find a newish holiday development branded as Riviera Nayarit. This 200 mile coastline attracts surfers and beach goers an, of course, resorts. But it also has wildlife and is one of the best spots for bird watching.

One of the attractions for us might be that from the beginning of July until December is the turtle hatching season and local hotels such will be organising to release them on the beaches.  But you won’t be able to touch – just watch. The hatchlings are collected first by conservationists who are in charge of the protection of these animals. Chances are though that any hotel at which you might stay will be involved.

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