Mexico's Beach Resorts Brace for a Sun-Soaked Holiday Season

Mexico's beach resorts anticipate a bustling holiday season with 199,537 hotel rooms on offer. However, challenges loom as reservations decline since May. Cockfighters protest in the Zócalo, while a jaguar and an ocelot meet unfortunate fates on Quintana Roo's highways.

Mexico's Beach Resorts Brace for a Sun-Soaked Holiday Season
Palm-fringed paradise awaits at Mexico's beach resorts, offering sun, sand, and endless relaxation for a memorable vacation. Image by Gareth Instone from Pixabay

Mexico's beach resorts are gearing up for the holiday season, offering a whopping 199,537 hotel rooms this year. That's a 3.69 percent increase compared to the previous year, according to the latest data from Datatur. But don't let the numbers fool you; there are some stories and challenges behind the scenes.

Among the top 25 sun and beach destinations, the Integrally Planned Centers (CIP) take the lead with a staggering 68,363 available rooms. These centers, developed by Fonatur, include renowned tourist hotspots like Huatulco, Cancun, Los Cabos, and Bahía de Banderas, among others. Speaking of which, the Riviera Maya area steals the show with the highest number of hotel rooms. Playa del Carmen, a beloved destination within Quintana Roo, witnessed a growth spurt of 8.3 percent in its room supply, with a jump from 11,218 to 12,154 rooms between January and May this year.

But hold your margaritas, folks! Despite the abundance of accommodations, the real challenge lies in attracting tourists—especially foreign ones. Since May, reservations have taken a nosedive, posing a potential hiccup for the tourism industry. It seems the lure of Mexico's sunny beaches may not be enough to convince travelers to make their bookings.

While the hospitality industry eagerly awaits visitors, some peculiar news stories have emerged from different parts of Mexico. In Quintana Roo, a jaguar and an ocelot met untimely ends on Federal Highway 307, which, unfortunately, lacks wildlife crossings. The poor creatures fell victim to unfortunate accidents, reminding us that even the wildest of beasts need a helping hand from human-made structures.

In another odd tale, cockfighters and ranchers gathered in a protest in the Zócalo, the heart of the city, armed with mariachis, roosters, carnival performers, and bull horns. This eccentric group, primarily from the National Section of Fighting Fowl Breeders and the National Union of Poultry Farmers, expressed their opposition to initiatives aiming to ban cockfighting. They argue that such a prohibition would not only put an end to thousands of jobs but also trample on beloved Mexican traditions.

Let's delve into some distressing news. In Oaxaca's historic center, a clash between merchants and businessmen during a town council session led to a violent confrontation. A businesswoman found herself caught in the crossfire as she attempted to pass through a group of alleged merchants. Several women assaulted her, pulling her hair, scratching her face, and even pushing her. In a display of bravery, a man intervened to protect her, but he too fell victim to the street vendors' aggression. What's more surprising is that the conflict unfolded right under the noses of the Morena Municipal President and the Municipal Services Councilor, who merely observed while being guarded by police officers unwilling to intervene.

In Taxco, chaos erupted as armed men set fire to a cargo truck, creating a fiery spectacle on the Taxco-Iguala federal highway. Adding to the grim situation, authorities discovered an abandoned body in the vicinity, intensifying the events surrounding this incident.

Sadly, violence continues to plague Tlajomulco, where two men were shot outside a house in the Fraccionamiento Cañadas del Bosque neighborhood. Tragically, one of them lost their life, underscoring the urgent need for peace and security in the region.

In Veracruz, the search for two missing police officers came to a grim end as Governor Cuitláhuac García confirmed their deaths. The officers, Miriam Iranís Vázquez and Miguel Martínez Reyes had vanished during their working hours in the city of José Cardel back in May, leaving a community in mourning.

Meanwhile, the fight for justice in the infamous Iguala case took a new turn as the Infantry soldier Francisco Narváez was captured in Querétaro. The case revolves around the disappearance of 43 normalistas of Ayotzinapa, a tragedy that has haunted the nation for years.

On a somber note, the journalism world mourns the loss of Jorge Berry, a prominent journalist who passed away at the age of 72 in Puerto Vallarta. Berry had been declared brain dead before his passing, leaving a void in Mexico's media landscape.

With floods in Mazatlán due to heavy rains and a series of unfortunate events involving wildlife casualties, Mexico faces a mix of challenges and peculiarities as it prepares for the holiday season. Whether tourists will flock to the beach resorts and breathe life into the industry remains to be seen. But one thing is for certain: Mexico's sun-soaked shores are ready to welcome visitors with open arms, hoping for a memorable and safe vacation experience.