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MOSCOW, September 23 (Itar-Tass) - Russian tourists do not cancel their trips to Mexico over a tropical storm that hit its western resort of Acapulco on the Pacific coast, the Russian Union of Travel Industry said on Monday.
“The high season starts in that country already in mid-October and tourism demand is only growing there,” a representative of the union said adding that in January-July the tourist inflow from Russia increased by 56% year-on-year. The local authorities expect that the number of Russian tourists holidaying in Mexico’s resorts will increase from 77,000 to 120,000 in 2013.
According to the Russian Union of Travel Industry, tour operators received no reports about Russians among the storm victims in Acapulco. “No regular or charter flights are carried out to this destination from Russia, therefore there can be only individual Russian tourists there,” the union said explaining that the overwhelming majority of Russians spent their holidays not on the Pacific, but on the Atlantic coast - the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.
A Russian tour operator said storms and hurricanes were usual for Mexico in this season, but caused no such serious destructions in the Atlantic coast resorts as those hitting Acapulco.
Last week Mexico’s most popular tourist destination was hit by Hurricane Ingrid and Storm Manuel. They lashed Mexico from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans killing dozens and injuring hundreds. Destroyed bridges and highways blocked by landslides practically cut Acapulco from the rest of the country. Some hotels in Acapulco were heavily destroyed and left without food over delivery problems and electric power failures.
On Sunday the main highway between Acapulco and Mexico City was opened, although over heavy landslide it takes around ten hours instead of four to reach the capital city. However, the opening of the road will significantly speed up evacuation of tourists from the affected areas. The Mexican authorities reported they had to take no less than 22,000 tourists from Acapulco. According to different estimates, from 40,000 to 60,000 foreign tourists were holidaying in Acapulco when the tropical storm approached.