The federal government’s response to teachers’ highway blockades in Oaxaca and Chiapas has been the formation of working groups to hash things out with the teachers’ union, the CNTE.
On Monday July 18, business representatives from a Oaxaca tourist destination were offered their own working group, one that would address the economic losses being caused by the blockades.
A delegation from the coastal city of Puerto Escondido called on the offices of the Interior Secretariat (Segob) in Mexico City to issue a plea for help.
“We cannot put up with the teachers’ blockades any more,” said spokesman Abraham Clavel, who operates a transportation service in the city. “They are strangling the state of Oaxaca. Puerto Escondido is under siege; there are no tourists.”
Government officials were told that 3,000 people have lost their jobs in the city and that hotel occupancy is less than 20% despite this being the high season for domestic tourism.
Clavel also said there have been fuel and food shortages caused by the blockades. “We’re fed up with always being put under siege,” he declared, claiming that the situation was “a disaster.”
He said combined losses in the region were running at 7.5 million pesos, or US $400,000, per day, and if the protests continue over the next few weeks another 3,000 people will be laid off by businesses in Puerto Escondido, Huatulco, Mazunte, Zipolite and Chacahua.
Reaching the area by car is a long journey to begin with but the blockades are adding another five or six hours, Clavel said.
Some 80% of the summer’s hotel reservations have been canceled, meaning “we have lost” the summer tourist season, which is typically followed by the two “bad months” of September and October.
“We invite you to visit. [Puerto Escondido] is deserted.”
Freddy Gil Pineda, the mayor-elect of San Pedro Mixtepec, the municipality in which Puerto Escondido is located, led a delegation of business people to meet with a senior official at Segob.
The meeting agreed to the installation on Friday of a working group.
more recommended stories
Cancun, an example of tourism promotion for Japan
A Quintana Roo delegation of FONATUR.
Homicides in Mexico increase 17% so far in 2018
Intentional homicides in Mexico has increased.
Expats Feel at Home in Mexico; InterNations Survey
InterNations.org recently released the results of.
Through the implementation of AMLO’s austerity plan, the government could save 132 billion pesos in 2019
As wages for high government officials.
Japanese delegation comes to Mérida to strengthen bilateral relationship
The project of the Chicxulub crater.
First house entirely made of Sargassum built by Mexican inventor in Quintana Roo
PUERTO MORELOS, Q. Roo, September 20,.
Protests in Homun, Yucatan against the opening of mega pig farm
On Friday September 21, the conflict.
Day of the Dead Parade Mexico City, three years stunning the world
For the third year in a.
Viva Aerobus announces new direct flights between Cancun and the U.S.
Viva Aerobus, the ultra low cost.
Vessel control centers urgently needed in Quintana Roo
“A control center like the one.