The State of Guerrero’s Secretary of Tourism Office and the Municipality of Zihuatanejo report that in the wake of Tropical Storm “Manuel”, which passed through the destination on September 15th, 16th and 17th, the resort area is operating at 100% efficiency and is ready to continue receiving visitors and tourists.
The Zihuatanejo International Airport has been operating normally and to the fullest capacity without undergoing any interruptions before, during and after Tropical Storm “Manuel”. Hotels in both Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo are operating at 100% efficiency and fortunately, no damages or negative situations occurred in any installation during the Tropical Storm. Facilities and tourist infrastructure did not suffer any major damage and are operating normally.
State and City Officials report that Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is operating at 100% efficiency following Tropical Storm “Manuel”. This current photo of Ixtapa Avenue is courtesy of Yo Soy Ixtapa.
Following the Tropical Storm, the Interstate Highway that connects Ixtapa Zihuatanejo to several major cities within Mexico was temporarily closed due to damages. According to the City of Zihuatanejo’s Tourism Department, approximately 5,000 tourists, who traveled to Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo by land, were stranded several days until the highways re-opened.
The hotels in Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo assisted stranded tourists by offering special rates. Three (3) emergency refuges were set up in the area to provide food, water, hygiene products and other necessities needed by stranded tourists and any local residents in distress. Thanks to the efforts and support of several State Governments, complimentary airline flights were provided from the Zihuatanejo International Airport for travelers who were not able to return home by land.
City officials also estimate that approximately 200 local residents suffered damage from the storm. In some areas, telephone, cellular and Internet communications were interrupted for several days. The City’s public water pumping system was also damaged by the storm. Necessary repairs are in progress. Trucks are delivering water to those residences and businesses affected.
The majority of the damage from Tropical Storm “Manuel” occurred within the State of Guerrero, farther south of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. The Red Cross of Zihuatanejo, local schools and various institutions have organizations fundraisers for cash donations, food, medical supplies and other items needed by affected residents within the state.
The Red Cross of Zihuatanejo is responding to families in the state that need assistance, collecting donations of cash, food, hygiene products and medical supplies.
Whether travelling for business, in couples, or with family and friends, tourists can rest assured that Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is still operating at 100% efficiency and is ready to continue receiving visitors.
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