Big cuts on tourism board are impairing small businesses

 Thursday, May 23, 2019 

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Cenotes, cultural sites and adventure tours are sensing the ache because of the government’s drastic cuts at the Mexico Tourism Board.

 

As important destinations like Cancun still get some marketing aid from leading hotels and resorts, independent tour operators in smaller destinations are mainly facing the challenge, reports Skift.

 

Tulum, the only Mayan archaeological site in Mexico built on the waterfront, is mainly known for suffering, stated city native Manuel Rodriguez, whose scuba tours went from boom to bust.

 

At present, Rodriguez travels to international tourism fairs, like the ones in Berlin, Spain, and London, all by his own to endorse his company with videos, postcards, and posters.

 

“It is sad what is happening,” he said.

 

The Mexico Tourism Board closed all but four of its 21 overseas offices and cut marketing budgets after receiving orders from President Andreas Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office Dec. 1. Tourism funds will go toward the Mayan Train instead.

 

“This is the worst I’ve seen in 15 years,” Rodriguez said. “There is no plan or action on how to promote all of the different things. They are doing absolutely nothing.”

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