In an article in todays Respuesta newspaper , the manager of the Barracuda Hotel, Juan Alberto Guzman, says its a serious crisis.(the Barracuda has been in business over 40 years) He says while the mayor and governor are off promoting the area at the Berlin tourism fair, the government claims 69 percent occupancy, the small hotels actually have about 15 percent. According to Guzman , ¨The reasons for the tourism crisis being experienced Cozumel are many.. Among these, according to Guzman, is "the breakdown of employment and the high cost of the ferry crossing." ¨
In another article, the merchants in the center say sales are down 50 percent. They say Cozumel has not tried to broaden its market and the cruise passengers spend little money but now only buy a few cheap items.
Since most of Cozumels 80,000 residents depend on the tourism industry, lets hope things improve soon.