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By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 22 March, 2011
(Acapulco, AN 22 March) The official hotel occupancy reports, announced on Monday of each week, have long been viewed with suspicion by the private sector. Yesterday the State Department of Tourism reported a state-wide average number that was higher than any of the figures reported for the three main... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 21 March, 2011
(Acapulco, AN 21 March) On the second day of the long weekend, Acapulco reached 93.4% occupancy, according to the municipal secretary of tourism, Erika Lührs. The beaches in the traditional zone were all very busy, as well as those near Diana, Condesa and Icacos. ... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 21 March, 2011
(Acapulco, El Sur 21 March) Acapulco mayor Manuel Añorve Baños, insists that the drop in Springbreakers in the port city is the result of a lack of promotion on the part of the Federal Secretary of Tourism, Gloria Guevara Manzo. The first group of college students from the US arrived... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 19 March, 2011
(Acapulco, El Sur 19 March) Yesterday, providers of tourism services criticized the “line” being followed by the federal secretary of tourism, the governor of the state, and most recently by newly-appointed municipal secretary of tourism, Erika Lührs. This government version of the story is that violence and insecurity is not... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 19 March, 2011
(Acapulco, JG 19 March) Governor Zeferino Torreblanca Galindo confirmed yesterday that federal law enforcement units have increased their presence in the poor and working class communities outside of Acapulco, along the main toll road. This is where most of the violence has taken place, as cells of criminal gangs and... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 19 March, 2011
(Acapulco, NA 19 March) Drivers of the colectivos (the yellow, shared taxis) yesterday hiked up the $12 peso fare to $20 pesos for the hours between 4 and 8 pm. The reason? The incredible traffic snarl in the cloverleaf at Puerto Marqués, where the main road from Acapulco to the... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 18 March, 2011
(Acapulco, NA 18 March) The “Black Lagoon” of Puerto Marqués is a wetland, protected under federal environmental law. In the past several months it has been partially filled in by the construction crews working on the interchange where the Puerto Marqués-El Cayaco road intersects the Escénica-Airport road. ... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 18 March, 2011
(Acapulco, NA 18 March) The traffic police have announced that the beach side of the Costera will be off limits for parking during this long weekend so that traffic will flow better and tourists will have better access to available services. Only pick-ups and drop-offs will be permitted. The prohibition... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 17 March, 2011
(Mexico City, El Sur 17 March) Governor-elect Ángel Aguirre Rivero committed to president Felipe Calderón yesterday that in the fight against organized crime his first priority will be cleaning out corruption in the state police, as well as modernizing and training a more professional force. ... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 17 March, 2011
(Acapulco, El Sur 17 March) The Trust for the Promotion of Acapulco Tourism (Fidetur) presented an accounting of its activities and expenditures for the current six-year mandate. Personnel have made 125 international trips, 246 trips within Mexico, and have spent $206.8 million pesos on radio, TV and print promotion. The... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 16 March, 2011
(Acapulco, El Sur 16 March) Yesterday ten more people lost their lives in Zapata, a violence-ridden working class community outside of Acapulco. Three of them were teenage boys, presumably involved with illicit activities. ... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 15 March, 2011
(Tehuacalco, AN 15 March) The Yope were indigenous people in Guerrerro who were never dominated by the Mexica culture around them. Like their Aztecan and Mayan neighbors, they developed an advanced understanding of astronomy and the passage of time. The Spring equinox was especially meaningful for them. ... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 15 March, 2011
(Chilpancingo, AN 15 March) Governor Zerferino Torreblanca Galindo announced that starting today, all government actions that involve the use of public resources will stop. They will recommence on April 1 with the swearing in of the new governor, Ángel Aguirre Rivero. This will probably be the current governor’s last formal... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 14 March, 2011
(Acapulco, NA 14 March) Once again, a water main has broken along the new “Bicentennial Overpass” on Cuauhtémoc in Acapulco. In the five months since the road opened, work crews have had to close it several times to repair broken water pipes. This time it was a 6-inch main near... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 14 March, 2011
(Atoyac, AN 14 March) In the nearby municipality of Los Planes, construction workers uncovered a pyramid that appears to be thousands of years old. They were building a house on the site when they came across the marvelous find. Hermenegildo Torres had just purchased the vacant lot and began excavation... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 14 March, 2011
(Chilpancingo, El Sur 14 March) According to state auditors, in 2009 the State Department of Family Services (called “DIF” for its Spanish initials) paid for 12.6 metric tons of powdered milk that never was delivered. “Phantom acquisitions” is a favorite form of government corruption. The milk, in various flavors, was... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 11 March, 2011
(Acapulco, El Sur 11 March) The U.S. Geological Survey has warned that as a result of the masive earthquake in Japan earlier today, the Pacific Coast of Mexico will feel the impact in the form of a title wave or tsunami. A series of waves up to 6 feet high... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 11 March, 2011
(Mexico City, NA 11 March) The attorney general of Mexico said yesterday that the government has no knowledge of an undercover operation conducted by the US government on Mexican soil. On Wednesday, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Ms. Napolitano, testified to the program before Congress. She said she had not... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 11 March, 2011
(Acapulco, NA 11 March) Much of Acapulco is without water again, thanks to the construction company working on the cloverleaf at Puerto Marqués. This project crosses the main road between Acapulco and the airport, and it connects Puerto Marqués with Coloso and El Cayaco to the north. THis is the... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 10 March, 2011
(Acapulco, NA 10 March) To stop flooding and clogged drainage in the 72 pluvial canals that run through Acapulco to the sea, the city is mounting an intense cleanup campaign. The work must be finished before the beginning of rainy season, in about 6 weeks’ time. The head of Municipal... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 10 March, 2011
(Tixtla, El Sur 10 March) The administration of outgoing state governor Zeferino Torreblanca Galindo is being compelled to defend itself against allegations of wrongdoing, virtually on the eve of the transfer of command to governor-elect Ángel Aguirre. In previous days an audit of the public health services of the state... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 10 March, 2011
(Acapulco, El Sur 8 March) Benjamin Flores Reyes, otherwise known as “El Padrino” (the Godfather), was arrested yesterday in Acapulco. He is a 33-year-old underworld figure, who went to college in the United States, where he majored in Criminal Psychology. ... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 10 March, 2011
(Acapulco, NA 8 March) As he promised he would, Acapulco’s own Fernando Reina Iglesias set a new world record for barefoot waterskiing. In the beautiful lagoon at Pie de la Cuesta, he traveled 400 meters at 153 miles per hour (246 kph), pulled by a helicopter. This establishes a new... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 10 March, 2011
(Acapulco, NA 8 March) Yesterday at 11:00 pm three armed commandos forced their way into the state office building in the Laja area of Acapulco. After tying up the watchman, they sprinkled gasoline on all the files they could find, and then set the whole place on fire. Then they... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 09 March, 2011
(Acapulco, JG 7 March) Governor Torreblanca and Mayor Añorve were present at La Quebrada Saturday for the international high diving competition called “Real Diving Acapulco.” He was asked about the absence of “springbreakers” from the US and Canada. The governor said he missed them, but “we need to focus on... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 09 March, 2011
(Acapulco, NA 7 March) Gabriel Morlet Campos, 35, was killed in a drive-by shooting in front of Starbucks in Costa Azul on Saturday night around midnight. He was an architect, and the son-in-law of a cousin of outgoing governor, Zeferino Torreblanca Galindo. It was the first openly violent incident in... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 05 March, 2011
(Acapulco, El Sur 5 March) Hotel executive Sergio Salmerón Manzanares expressed skepticism about the recently announced government plan to reposition Mexico in the international tourism market. ... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 05 March, 2011
(Chilpancingo, JG 5 March) State governor Zeferino Torreblanca Galindo called upon the communications media yesterday not to give press attention to organized crime. He said that the drug thugs do their disgusting work because it gets them attention, both from the public at large and from rival drug groups. ... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 05 March, 2011
(Acapulco, NA 5 March) Yesterday morning at 8:20, the outlying community of Emiliano Zapata witnessed a burst of gunfire that resulted in two dead, two injured and six damaged vehicles. One of the victims had been dismembered. Seven hours earlier, a decapitated body was dumped by a busily traveled thoroughfare. ... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 04 March, 2011
(Acapulco, El Sur, 4 March) Today various government and private sector leaders contradicted yesterday’s pronouncement by the Federal Secretary of Tourism. She had said that reports of violence were just one of several factors to explain the drop in Acapulco’s tourism and just one factor should not be given so... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 04 March, 2011
(Acapulco, El Sur 4 March) A US-based security consulting company, Stratfor, published a report in which it argues that most Mexican tourist destinations other than Los Cabos are “permeated with narco traffic” and therefore, dangerous. ... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 02 March, 2011
(Acapulco, AN 2 March) Brand new Guerrero State Tourism Secretary Gloria Guevara rejected the explanation that the drop in Spring Break business in Acapulco was caused by the violent image that Acapulco has suffered in the international press of late. ... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 02 March, 2011
(Mexico City, AN 2 March) The long-awaited privatization and resuscitation of Mexicana De Aviación took a step backwards yesterday when purchasing candidate PC Capital missed a deadline to come up with funds for the purchase of shares, plus $200 million in working capital. ... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 01 March, 2011
(Acapulco, El Sur 1 March) Last night the city council, in open session, approved Manuel Añorve’s nomination of Erika Lührs Cortés as the city’s Secretary of Tourism. In the first two years of his administration, Ms. Lührs occupied the position of Secretary of Social Development, resigning to work on the... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 01 March, 2011
(Acapulco, El Sur 1 March) In its continuing effort to rein in the almost out-of-control behavior of some city bus drivers, the traffic police erected another surprise check point yesterday on a well-traveled urban corridor. ... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 28 February, 2011
(Acapulco, AN 28 February) The 7,500-seat stadium was filled to capacity to watch Spaniard David Ferrer win the Mexican Open Tennis Tournament on Saturday night, defeating countryman Nicolas Almagro in three sets. The venue was center court at the Fairmont tennis center near the Acapulco Princess and Pierre Marques hotels... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 28 February, 2011
(Acapulco, JG 28 February) Acapulco’s archbishop, Carlos Garfias Merlos, yesterday reproached certain local news media for preferring sensationalism over factual reporting. ... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 28 February, 2011
(Acapulco, El Sur 28 February) Antelmo Alvarado García, the head of the Guerrero office of the Mexican Confederation of Labor, the country’s largest labor group, accused the embattled Federal Secretary of Tourism Promotion, Gloria Guevara, of incompetence because the Spring Break tourist market in Acapulco has been lost. Alvarado is... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 28 February, 2011
(Acapulco, El Sur 28 February) The Federal Department of Energy (SENER) shut down seven LP gas outlets in Acapulco for lack of permits and disregard of safety regulations. Responding to a private complaint, personnel of the LP Gas Directorate of SENER made verification visits to several Acapulco LP Gas refilling... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 25 February, 2011
(Mexico City, El Sur 25 February) Mexico’s Senate unanimously approved yesterday a new Immigration Law designed to establish rights on behalf of foreigners in Mexico. In a last minute amendment, the legislators approved a provision that says no one can be declared “illegal” by virtue of his or her immigration... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 25 February, 2011
(Acapulco, NA 25 February) The head of local 12 of the Electricians Union in Guerrero, Mario Ramírez Manzanares, revealed yesterday that as many as 60% of all consumers of electricity have illegal connections and are not paying for power. The labor official said that the wide scale robbery is costing... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 22 February, 2011
(Acapulco, JG 22 February) Acapulco mayor Manuel Añorve Baños held a press conference in his office yesterday, in which he affirmed that the recent acts of violence have not changed the economic and social life of the port city. “We are calm and in peace,” he said. ... more»
By: Patrick Ellis | Real Acapulco News - 22 February, 2011
(Acapulco, JG 22 February) A private sector initiative called “Habla bien de Aca” (Speak well of Acapulco) was officially launched yesterday when approximately 250 owners and managers of restaurants, hotels and discos gathered in the Diana traffic circle. ... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 21 February, 2011
(Acapulco, 21 February) Local papers continue to display prominently the latest atrocities committed by drug gangs in the poorer communities outside of Acapulco, without bothering to clarify for foreign readers exactly where the crimes occur. Evidently such stories boost circulation or advertising revenues, or else the genre would not get... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 21 February, 2011
(México, AN 21 February) AVIACSA, a commuter airline that went out of operation two years ago, has been resuscitated and is getting ready for passengers. Its first test flight (from Mexico City to Monterrey) was completed over the weekend. At the same time, share ownership in Mexicana de Aviación has... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 15 February, 2011
(Acapulco, El Sur 15 February) The Guerrero delegate of the federal Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), Daniel Vega Villanueva, made a review of the businesses on Icacos beach, concluding that of the 12 he visited, only 2 were in compliance with legal requirements. ... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 15 February, 2011
(Acapulco, El Sur 15 February) In an hour-long, surprise roadblock on Avenida Constituyentes, local police checked city buses for compliance with local regulations about documentation of vehicles and drivers, excess noise and other legal requirements. Only two fines were handed out, for improper or missing documentation. ... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 15 February, 2011
(Acapulco, NA 15 February) Manuel Añorve Baños, upon his return to the office of Mayor of Acapulco, announced yesterday that through his efforts Acapulco has received more than 7.7 billion pesos in new investment, especially in the traditional zone, also called “Acapulco Nautica.” The investment in question is the construction... more»
By: David Real | Real Acapulco News - 14 February, 2011
(Acapulco, NA 14 February) In the Zócalo on Sunday, simultaneously, 165 couples “tied the knot” in what was called a “mega boda” by the municipal government, who promoted the event. The recently returned mayor, Manuel Añorve Baños, presided. ... more»
By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 14 February, 2011
(Acapulco, NA 14 February) More than 100 angry residents of the Icacos neighborhood of Acapulco marched yesterday, demanding water service from CAPAMA, the hapless local water utility. Service failed several weeks ago, seriously affecting people in the restaurant and food service trades. Since then, some have had an occasional trickle,... more»

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