Despite the restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this winter season around 2,000 Canadians arrived in Mazatlan to live in the port. Wendy Hardouin, Canadian Consul in Mazatlan, acknowledged that the high season of foreign arrivals had some complications, as several flights had to be modified and canceled due to the pandemic, but that everything was normalized.
"They have had to cancel several flights due to the pandemic, Canada had mainly problems of not being able to travel and Westjet had the need to cancel some flights and change them for others, but we hope that for the next year it will be much better," she said.
According to statistics, in 2018 there were around 2 thousand retired Canadians already living in Mazatlan, while around 15 thousand arrived during the winter season. Now, the number of those residing here has doubled.
The consular agent acknowledged that this year was not as expected in the arrival of Canadians, however, about 2 thousand arrived to stay and live in this tourist destination.
"The advantage of the Canadians is that most of them are vaccinated and that makes it easier for them to come here, what did increase were the retired residents who came to live in Mazatlan, this year there are about two thousand more, they are quite a few", she said.
Every year the interest of retirees to live in Mazatlan grows, since they are buying houses or condominiums and are contributing to the community. Canadians love Mazatlan not only because it is a tourist place, but also because it has its Historic Center, culture and is family friendly.
"Canadians choose Mazatlan to live because it is very similar to Canada and that is what they are looking for," he expressed. She is confident that the sanitary situation will continue to decrease so that next year more Canadians will arrive, in fact the hotel associations are already working with wholesalers to bring back flights.