Conflicts in San Cristóbal have affected international tourism 

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San Cristóbal de las Casas.- Travel agencies report that with the start of the holiday season that began on July 26, thousands of tourists began to arrive in San Cristóbal, coming from various parts of the world, the novelty being the arrival of more tourists from Israel, France, England, Spain, but despite this, those who are arriving and booking the most on this occasion are national tourists. 

In this regard, Carlos Eduardo Gómez López, in charge of the travel agency located in the Andador de Guadalupe, in the city of San Cristóbal, said in an exclusive interview that in this summer vacation season, fortunately, a large number of tourists are arriving as expected, reporting that more tourists from Europe and the Middle East have now arrived, as is the case with Israel, but he emphasized that those who are making reservations the most at this time are national, Mexican tourists. 

Gómez López indicated that despite the recent violent events in the area, where demonstrations have taken place, this has not affected the tourism sector, which is what largely supports the economy of San Cristóbal. “Fortunately many tourists have come, it has been quite busy, I don’t think it has affected them much regarding the news that there has been violence or demonstrations in San Cristóbal; tourists have been arriving and we have had more nationals than internationals, but they are people coming from Israel, France, the United States”. 

He added that the most visited and interesting places are: The churches, site museums, candy market and other points of interest in San Cristóbal, also that tours are being sold that have San Cristóbal as their starting point towards Lagos de Montebello, Chilón Waterfalls, Palenque as this is an emblem and is a Mayan town and other points that attract the attention of national and international tourists for their natural beauty. 

“We invite all national and international tourists who visit Chiapas and San Cristóbal de las Casas, to keep coming, we are sure they will be fine; the rainy season this year is not so strong, so there will be pleasant weather to visit the area”, concluded Carlos Eduardo Gómez López. 

According to data from the National Institute of Geography and Informatics (INEGI), in its indicators collated until May 23, 2023, at the national level a spill of just over 1,902 million dollars had been registered by the tourism sector, and it is expected that this holiday season those figures will rebound. 

  Source: El Heraldo de Chiapas