Article written by: Sean O’Neal
As reported in the Wall Street Journal this week, Mexico has retained the coveted position of top cruise ship destination in the world!
Additionally, there was a 7.1 percent growth in the cruise industry in Mexico. More than 5 million people on 1,800 ships arrived to the Land of the Sun via its picturesque ports.
That adds to more than half of a billion dollars to Mexico’s economy in jobs and revenue!
It is absolutely no wonder then that Carnival Cruise Lines (NYSE: CCL) whose company commands around 49% of the global cruise industry, have recommitted to Mexico.
In a huge move and a true boon to both Playa del Carmen real estate and Puerto Aventuras real estate, Carnival Corporation, the British and American company, have just signed a pact to invest $150 million in port infrastructure in Calica, which is 6 miles from Playa del Carmen and just 7 miles north of the quaint seaside community of Puerto Aventuras.
The pact was signed on the beautiful island of Cozumel between Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, and Gerard Cahill, President and CEO of Carnival, and witnessed by none other than Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
According to Calderon, tourism wages are more than 30 percent higher than the average job in Mexico. And the tourism industry employs more women than any other industry.
President Calderón also emphasized the federal governments ambitious goal of becoming the fifth-most-visited country in the world by 2015.
“For this reason, I congratulate Carnival and I recognize the significance of the decision that Carnival made to invest in our country,” Calderón said.
Robin Miller, “The Mexican Beach Bum”, is an agent with Carpe Diem Real Estate in Puerto Vallarta.
Robin has been in the Mexico Resort Real Estate Industry for over 6 years, assisting clients with their buying and selling decisions. As a member of AMPI, the Mexican National Association for Real Estate Agents, and a REALTOR (member of NAR, U.S. National Association of Realtors), Robin knows the importance of being involved in the available associations for continuing education, to assist foreigners purchase property in Mexico.
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She can be reached at U.S. (310) 683-0051, or her Mexico Cell: 011-521-322-164-2655.