WHY IT RATES: The baton was passed from Mazatlan to Acapulco during Tianguis Turistico, which took place April 14-18. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer.
Acapulco tourism authorities have confirmed that the destination remains strong and is determined to continue working hard as it celebrates the confirmation of the 2019 Tianguis Turistico, Mexico’s most important travel trade show.
The announcement was made during the 43rd edition of Tianguis Turistico in Mazatlan, Mexico. Several new developments were also revealed at the event, including Acapulco’s newly expanded General Juan N. Alvarez International Airport, which officially opened this week. The expansion will allow the iconic beach resort to welcome a growing number of visitors from various parts of the world.
Among the most noticeable aspects of the new airport expansion is its vast size: It is now 19,000 square meters or 204,514 square feet in area, an increase of 7,000 square meters or 75,347 square feet over the old airport. The new terminal features an eco-conscious design that aims at reducing environmental safety, while the latest in airport technology enhances the experience and security of travelers to Acapulco.
Visitors are now also greeted with an expanded array of restaurants, cafes and artisan shops to buy locally made Mexican crafts, as well a selection of stores selling liquors, wines and other alcoholic beverages. The modern construction also takes in the latest advances in earthquake and hurricane resistance.
“The expansion of Acapulco’s International Airport is one of several efforts we are focusing on to insignificantly improve the Acapulco experience for all visitors with the help of major private and public investments,” said Ernesto Rodriguez Escalona, secretary of tourism of the State of Guerrero. “The 44th edition of Tianguis in Acapulco next year will give us the opportunity to show an elevated infrastructure and world-class tourist offering to a global audience. Travelers can expect to see new attractions including an extreme space adventure park, hotel and airport renovations, and tennis stadium.”
During Tianguis, Acapulco also announced major development plans, including the $8 million renovation of the Traditional Zone consisting of a refresh to the historic town square, La Quebrada, La Roqueta and the Museum of the 7 Regions, new lighting and video mapping of San Diego Fort and updates to the boarding and disembarkation areas of Caleta and Caletilla beaches.
Additionally, the soon-to-be-launched airport expansion and the recent inauguration of the second floor Tlalpan Viaduct reducing the journey from Mexico City to Acapulco, will help positively impact the influx of visitors to the destination.
Grupo Autofin’s “Master Plan” is continuing to advance with major enhancements of the iconic Pierre Mundo Imperial and Princess Mundo Imperial, as well as the following new developments: Spa Tlalli, Turtle Dunes Golf Clubhouse, Gourmet Beach, Hotel Prince by Mundo Imperial, Hotel Marques Boutique, Residences and Luxury Condominiums, Hotel Boutique Only You, Diamante Retirement Homes, Princess Medical Center, Premium Shopping Center, an eco-amusement park called Aventura Guerrero, a new tennis stadium, security towers, and Princess University. These projects are expected to be completed between through 2022.
Similarly, the Gran Plaza Hotel Acapulco, located on Costera Miguel Aleman Avenue, began a $8.5 million renovation to be executed by 2019. The project consists of the remodeling of its event spaces, guest rooms, public areas, modernization of elevators, state-of-the-art technology.
The destination’s improved infrastructure and record-breaking visitors this past year is a testament to Acapulco’s commitment to growth. During this year’s Holy Week and Easter Weekend from March 25–April 1, Acapulco welcomed 487,573 tourists and recorded 74.1 percent hotel occupancy rates.
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