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The Cruise Ships are Coming!

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The Cruise Ships are Coming!

It sounds like the Cruise ships like the deal they have been offered and 100 ships in the next two years would be a huge boost to tourism in Mazatlan.

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1. Re: The Cruise Ships are Coming!

Although the cruise ships help many shops, restaurants, ect in Mazatlan there are many business owners north of El Cid Morro Towers that think they do little if anything to help their bottom line

Mazatlan needs to do more to let people north of the border know they are still open for business.

According to people I talked with at P.B. Maz. & P.B.E.B. they were at less than 50% & 60% occupancy respectively when we were there last week & booking "last call" rooms through RCI at $244 & 299 per week.

Edited: 3:36 pm, December 13, 2013
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I'd stay there for a couple of weeks at those prices! Unfortunately, we are not members of RCI - and never will be again.

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RCI has worked well for many, not so much for others.

I generally use our week to trade into someplace other than Mazatlan or sell the weeks on Craigslist.

I can book a room at either P.B.E.B or P.B. Maz today through RCI for next Nov.-Dec cheaper than what our maintenance fees are.

5 years ago it was hard to find an empty pulmonia, this year it was hard to find one that wasn't, very sad.

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It is certainly very quiet here with very few people in the restaurants, empty pulmonias everywhere and people just trying to make a couple sales for the day. It's very sad. Hopefully things will pick up in th next week or so in advance of Xmas and New Years.

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Yea I really thought things would have turned around by now as far as tourist occupancy goes. I think a lot of it is still the US economy and job instability. Also airline prices suck. This is just incredibly slow still. Mex Nationals should be coming for the next few weekends and over Xmas week so that will help.

Any NOB's that are hating the bitter December temps this is the place to be. Been sunny almost everyday.

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8. Re: The Cruise Ships are Coming!

Is there some reason good news can't be offered here without a rush to spin it negatively? The state Secretary of Tourism and the Major of Mazatlan (called Presidente not Mayor) are out personally shaking hands with disembarking tourists, and that's related to catching a pulmonia five YEARS ago??

We're putting way too much emphases on a small window of time, then misreading as a grave harbinger for the season. In fact traditional patterns tell us there's nothing new going on here, as the first couple weeks after the U.S. Thanksgiving have always been a little slow in Maz. That's the very reason resorts offer visitors a discount to come during this time.

Hey, you can get a great deal in early October too. So that's because hotels were empty all summer and they can't fill rooms? No, they were packed and rooms were at a premium from Semanta Santa on. Discounts are offered in October because National tourists travel as a family, and the kids are back in school. Just like Thanksgiving is a traditional time for family and people go to Maz afterwards making late December through February the prime time.

The real big picture is always long term not based on someone's visit for a week. Activity was much busier than normal in October, then it held into early November. Things slowed down after Thanksgiving right on schedule, and now as Christmas approaches the amount of visitors will pick up again. Dramatically it would seem, since the last two holidays were very busy despite less NOB visitors as compared to other years. I know condo owners who booked late December early last Spring. Since then they've been approached by other renters over and over again.

Christmas and New Year's are always busy, and a whole new group will come in for January after the holidays. Based just on the response here at TA alone we see February is lining up nicely. It would be impossible not to notice how many people have talked about coming and / or have already booked Mazatlan. Many of them haven't visited in years !

It's obvious the powers that be on both sides are going to turn around the cruise ship absence, and we also know NOB visitors are slowly but surely putting Mexico back on their must visit list. There is ample proof from this message board Texas and Southwest visitors are starting to use the new toll road to visit Maz. We also know many National visitors are coming from Durango and other states the same easy way.

We can pick and choose the worst time or situation and claim that as "proof" things are dire. Or we can look at the totality of facts from this site and others places to see how things are changing for the better. In the end the results will speak for themselves, and there is little doubt the tide has already turned....if we're only willing to look beyond the negative bias.

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Yes the emperical evidence shows a turn in the tourist trade and Bjones brings up a very good point which is that those cruisers will return as vacationers if they enjoy themselves. I'll be there for Semana Santa and Moto week so I don't worry about small crowds! LOL

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10. Re: The Cruise Ships are Coming!

What say the doomsayers to these statistics?

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