Celebrating 80 Years: Acapulco in 1966

As Travel Agent noted two years ago, Acapulco once at the forefront of Mexico tourism for years and years. But then destinations such as Cancun, the Riveria Maya and the Riviera Nayarit came along in recent years, saturating the tourism market and upping the competition. Acapulco still gets its share, of course, some of it pertaining to the rise of Spring Break travel among U.S. college students. But back in 1966, the Pacific Coast city had a larger piece of the pie.

We, of course, still thing the destination is a prime one for the traveling. Not only is there a slew of new hotels in the region, but the Acapulco Marketing Destination Office has launched a virtual training program for travel professionals. A great thing never dies, and so can be said about the value of a vacation in Acapulco.

Back in 1966, the destination didn't need to tout its hotels nor did it it require technology to engage travel agents. All it needed was a well-worded advertisement about what the Mexican paradise has to offer, as can be seen in the ad to the right (read it fully for yourself by clicking here).

As we celebrate our 80th anniversary, we're taking a look at what was happening in the industry in the past and asking agents to share their thoughts on what has changed in the industry up until the present. So please share your thoughts by posting a comment below, writing us at our Facebook page, sending a tweet to our Twitter page or by engaging in a discussion in real time at AgentNation (the only social community online for all kinds of travel agents, which certainly wasn't around 80 years ago). We want to hear from you.

And while you're here, learn more about how we're celebrating eight decades of covering the travel industry for travel professionals.


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