A $1 billion investment for Acapulco is set to grow tourism to the city. New airline routes, Intense Emotion – a space adventure park – and hotel refurbishments all planned.
Mexican airline Volaris has started direct flights from Los Angeles International Airport to iconic Acapulco on the Mexican Riviera. The carrier is also hoping to establish direct flights from Chicago in the future.
A new airport terminal will handle the increased air traffic. It is slated for completion in late 2018 and will ease passenger flow, as well as increasing arrivals capacity.
This is just the start of a billion-dollar push to increase tourism in the city. A new space adventure park, medical centre and extensive hotel renovations are also in the pipeline.
“We are seeing a large number of new investments and projects in Acapulco,” said Ernesto Rodriguez, secretary of tourism for Guerrero State. “[These are] part of our continued expansion while our visitor numbers simultaneously grow.”
Visitors are already pouring into Acapulco by sea. The number of cruise ships pulling into port increased 78 percent over the last year.
Intense Emotion, a space adventure park
Many of the new initiatives are part of a plan by Grupo Autofin, the private group that created Acapulco’s XTASEA attraction – the largest over-water zip-line in the world.
The success of XTASEA is the inspiration behind the new space attraction, titled Intense Emotion. The new park will incorporate a suspension bridge and a series of rides. There will also be a restaurant with panoramic views of Acapulco, and a 130-foot-high climbing wall.
“We are all very excited,” said Piquis Rochin, Director of International Promotions for the Acapulco Destination Marketing Office. “It’s going to attract a lot of new adventure tourists and families as well.”
Grupo Autofin will also renovate iconic hotels such as the Pierre Mundo Imperial and the Princess Mundo Imperial. The bill for the update will total $50 million. This will be spent updating their facades, hotel rooms, restaurants, bars, and pools.
A new tennis stadium and an eco-amusement park are also planned, although details have not yet been announced.
Image courtesy Xtasea.