The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Tourists in record numbers

Certainly, this seems to be the case in Oaxaca.  The economy is slowly recovering from the chaos of 2006.  Lots of lessons have been learned.  And throughout Mexico as well.

from LAHT
Mexico received a record 32 million foreign tourists in 2015, enough to make the Aztec nation the world’s No. 10 destination, Tourism Secretary Enrique de la Madrid said.

Tourism accounts for 8.5 percent of Mexico’s gross domestic product and the sector is growing faster than the economy as a whole, he told a press conference.

The number of international visitors has increased 37 percent increase since the start of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration in December 2012.

The expansion in tourism has created 800,000 direct jobs and another 1.2 million indirect jobs over the last 10 years.

“Between 2013 and 2015, international visitors spent $43.5 million a day in Mexico,” the secretary said.

The top destinations for international visitors in 2015 were Mexico City, Cancun and Acapulco, in that order.

International arrivals were boosted by special events such as the Oct. 30-Nov. 1 Mexico Grand Prix, which brought 366,174 spectators to the capital.

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