Artisans and fishermen from Sisal who become tourist guides during the months when grouper fishing is suspended, benefited this weekend with the Festival de la Veda, a promotion strategy that contributed to the arrival of tourists from other Yucatecan muncipalities and also from other states in the country.
In addition to the beach and the varied offer of seafood-based dishes, other tourist activities are offered in this Yucatecan port, such as birdwatching, recreational and sports fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, horseback riding, biking, ATV rentals and visits to the mangrove area.
This initiative, which aims to increase tourism in the coastal municipalities during the time that the grouper can not be captured, is part of a strategy that endorses the commitment of the state government with this productive sector.
After the announcement of the Festival of the Veda, made by Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal, people from states such as Guanajuato, Jalisco and Mexico City, among others, enjoyed this weekend by the sea at the port of Sisal.
Currently there are nine cooperativas dedicated to take visitors on a ride on their boats, in tours that could last between 45 minutes and three hours. The places they visit are: the mangroves, “La Carbonera” water hole, “La Bocana” estuary, “El Cocodrilo” lagoon and the spot known as “El Casquito“.
Everyone who arrives in Sisal has the option of staying overnight in one of the 60 lodging businesses on site, that include apartment buildings, condominiums, hotels and B&Bs.
For Belinda Valdez Acosta, a visitor from Salamanca, Guanajuato, traveling to Sisal was the best decision she made this weekend, as she and her family toured the mangroves and then had a great dinner by the sea.
“It’s a great idea to promote the tourist spots of Yucatan and Sisal is fantastic, me and my family enjoyed the food, and the tranquility of this port,” she said.
Manuel Andrés Hernández Pacheco, director of Tourism in Hunucmá, pointed out that in this first edition of the festival, the 14 groups of artisans registered in Sisal, perceived an increase in their sales due to the arrival of more visitors.
“Surely this strategy will bring many benefits to the fishermen and their families, as well as to the restaurants and hotels of this coastal town,” he said.
Jorge William Velázquez Escalante, president of Motoclub Mérida, arrived in Sisal along with a group of 80 motorcyclists, who along with their families enjoyed the sea breeze and the gastronomy of the place.
The festival will be valid until March 31st and tourism and recreational activities will be carried out, as an alternative that will allow the families that depend on the capture of the grouper (mero), to have a profit alternative while the grouper closure lasts.
TYT Newsroom with information from reporteroshoy.mx