Mazatlan Tourism Trust.

Mazatlan Tourism Trust.

February 02, 2011 08:01 ET

Canadian Residents and Industry Speak Out About Mazatlan

Travelers, Tour Operators and Media Speak Out About Their Experiences and Impressions of Mazatlan

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 2, 2011) - Brona Cole started traveling to Mazatlan 3 years ago. The former labor negotiator from B.C. now spends 7 months of the year in Mazatlan and says she returns because she likes the climate, local community and culture. Brona is one of approximately 2500 Canadians who are temporary residents of Mazatlan. In January, the question of security for travelers in Mazatlan and Mexico became an important topic of discussion in the news. In the last few weeks tourists, industry executives and travel writers who know the destination have begun to share their own impressions.

In a recent blog post by Calgary's AM 770 Informed Traveller, Randy Sharman noted that the general feedback he gets about traveling to Mexico is that "those who have been there before will return with no hesitation." In addition, Mr. Sharman, who travelled to Mazatlan this past fall noted that "everyone has a right to their own opinion … but to paint Mazatlan as a dangerous destination because of one tragic incident is as wrong as painting Calgary a dangerous destination after our recent downtown shooting New Year's Eve."

During a January 28th interview in Mazatlan, Dan Ritter - Coordinator of Product Development for Alaska Airlines - noted he had visited the historical district, enjoyed a spa treatment and visited friends since his arrival. When asked if he had taken extra precautions when traveling to Mexico this time he said that in his perspective "things can happen anywhere in the world … things can happen in my own hometown. I would hate to [have] unusual activities or isolated incidences … keep people out of this beautiful destination."

Between 120,000 and 130,000 Canadians visit Mazatlan each year. Many are loyal yearly visitors and close to 9000 Americans and Canadians have made Mazatlan their winter home. According to Julio Birrueta, spokesperson for the Mazatlan Tourism Trust, "tourism is very important to Mazatlan and its residents… it has been increasing steadily for the past five years… [and] the safety of our visitors and their property is our top priority." The Mazatlan Tourism Trust will be reaching out to Canadian travelers and industry partners in the following months to share testimonials from other Canadians, as well as to keep them informed and provide an accurate portrayal of Mazatlan.

ABOUT MAZATLAN:

Mazatlan is located on Mexico's Pacific Coast at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Founded in the 16th Century, Mazatlan possesses one of Mexico's only seaside historic centers. One in every three travelers that visits Mazatlan is Canadian. www.gomazatlan.com

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