Outside Mexico for much
of 2007 tourism professionals and journalists asked whether it's
time to promote travel to Oaxaca after the social
protests of 2006 transformed the city landscape.
In Oaxaca locals have said 'yes' it's time to promote travel and
the sooner the better. That said, the return of travelers to Oaxaca
has been slow in coming in 2007. Reality tourism is on the upswing
and is meeting responsible
travel head on.
POSTCARD FROM DECEMBER 2007
Reservations will be needed for most hotels during the Christmas
Oaxaca is buzzing with visitors and tour buses.
POSTCARD FROM NOVEMBER 2007
Day of the Dead has filled hotel rooms. Locals
and visitors believe that an economic turn-around is in play.
Someone turned the light on. There are buses the last week of November
than we have seen since May 2006.
POSTCARD FROM OCTOBER 2007
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There are a number of new financial lending institutions.
The beggars have come back to work.
Baruch Nestor Garcia published the Oaxaca tourism map
and is preparing another run for Day of the Dead.
The number of street musicans is on the rise. Alcala and Garcia
Vigil are alive with the sound of acordians.
Local artists are now including depictions of the protests in their
Oaxaca is a safe place to visit for national and international
visitors. The barricades of August-October 2006 are long gone.
Numerous businesses have closed. Others have taken out loans that
they need to repay in the near future.
Tourism newspapers such as Go
Oaxaca have not had new editions for more than six months and
the publishers report that there is not enough local advertising
to resume publication.
"We stopped losing money in March, but we're not making anything,"
said one business man.