Chichen Itza needs some visitors…
Over the past few months, the irresponsible news about Mexico has gone from bad… to worse… to even WORSE! I have written about this before but find myself becoming totally frustrated with the amount of misinformation in the international media.
The tourism industry and other businesses that directly or indirectly depend on tourism are in BIG trouble. I don’t know how they are going to stay open much longer. It is sad, sad, sad… some of these companies and individuals have worked so hard to build up their infrastructure and as the international press becomes more and more anti-Mexico, their livelihoods become more and more precarious.
One such person is my good friend Sergio. He moved to Merida in 1985 after an 8.1 earthquake devastated his hometown of Mexico City. Since 1988, we have worked together. With total confidence, I have entrusted every single one of my student and LLL groups to him and he’s never let me down. He’s an excellent guide and a caring person. He loves what he does and it shows. He had built his small tour company up to the point where he had 3 vans and a little house he worked out of. His brother-in-law and son worked with him… Well, over the past two years, a lot of that carefully accrued equity has been sold to pay for the family’s living expenses. He has been through other low points but says, “This is just the worst I’ve ever seen!”
My friends who own B & Bs… who have restaurants… those whose dear little boutiques count on the tourist trade… boat charters… those who rent their homes on the beach… galleries who depend on walk-ins… travel agencies… book stores… taxi drivers… street vendors… The list goes on and on and on! In this city, nearly everyone depends to one extent or another on the tourism industry.
Well, you know what? I don’t believe we should sit back and just let this happen. We need to be proactive. Visit the forums and voice your support for Merida. Write letters to the editors of newspapers and websites that spew all this drivel and set them straight. And most importantly… support our local tourism industry.
If you want to mark a special anniversary, why not spend the night at one of the charming places in our home town? Need to buy a birthday gift? You’ll find something unique and lovely in the downtown shops. Going out to eat? Try one of the small locally owned eateries. Got friends coming to visit this winter? Take them to the local points of interest and hire a guide.
If you aren’t already doing so, its time to step up to the plate. We enjoy a wonderful lifestyle in southeastern México… I think this would be an excellent time to show our loyalty and gratitude. To those who are already helping wherever they can… THANK YOU…what goes around, comes around.