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Whale-watching business hard hit by pandemic in Mexico

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Mulegé, Mar 1 (EFE).- The pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to the whale-watching business in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California Sur, with the most recent season suffering an 85 percent drop in the number of visitors."This year has been catastrophic for (that sector's) finances, and whale-related activities aren't generating (sufficient) income. In some cases, it's only enough to pay staff, which has already been reduced by 50 percent," Enrique Achoy, a tourism entrepreneur, told Efe on Monday.Baja California Sur each year welcomes around 3,000 whales, and more than 1,500 of these giant cetaceans are born in its waters; the latest whale-watching season began in November 2020 and will end early this month. (Camera: MAHATMA FONG).SHOT LIST: TOURISTS GO ON A WHALE-WATCHING TRIP IN MULEGÉ, BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR, MEXICO. SOUND BITE: DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TOURISM IN MUNICIPALITY OF MULEGÉ, ANTONIO COTA.TRANSLATION: They have taken actions but it is something that we cannot control. The only way for us to control and to have a good and healthy tourism in this region is (to wait for) the vaccines to arrive and be inoculated as they should be.

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