Mexico's missing students impacts Acapulco tourism

Mass protests in Guerrero have hurt tourism in what was once considered the granddaddy of Mexican destinations.

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    Workers on a beach in Acapulco.
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    A nightclub in Acapulco once crowded with people, now sits practically empty during a holiday weekend.
    David Agren
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    Workers on a beach in Acapulco.
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    Over the recent Revolution Day long weekend, when many were celebrating the start of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, nightclubs attracted hardly anyone – easily evident by the empty dance floor, idle waiters and absence of a line at the door.
    David Agren
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    Workers on an Acapulco beach.
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    The ongoing protests over the missing 43 students are producing pain for the tourism sector, which generates an estimated 80 percent of all economic activity in Guerrero state – home to both Acapulco and the teacher trainees’ school in Ayotzinapa, which attracts students from some of Mexico’s most marginalized and impoverished municipalities.
    David Agren
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    Acapulco put Mexico on the map with a mix of sun, sand and celebrities. It endures as one of the best-known brands in the tourism business – while Guerrero state remained relatively unknown.
    David Agren
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    Hotel occupation reached just 50 percent over the long weekend, according to Acapulco mayor Luis Walton – down from 70 percent the previous year.
    David Agren
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    Hard hit Acapulco business owners and employees are calling for calm, but some express sympathy for the students and their families.
    David Agren
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    The scandalous stories generated in Guerrero are but the latest hard luck for Acapulco, which has slid in stature over the past 25 years – going from jetsetter playground to a city associated with crime and calamities.
    David Agren
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