With the development of a wall between Mexico and the US attracting a lot consideration within the media, Canadian snowbirds who winter within the Rio Grande Valley of Texas may be involved concerning the sturdiness of their retirement way of life.
In accordance with a 2014 research by the College of Texas Pan American Enterprise and Tourism Analysis Heart, the numbers of snowbirds (from Canada in addition to the northern US) who wintered within the Rio Grande Valley dropped from 144,000 to 100,000 within the earlier four years.
The principal creator of the research, Dr. Penny Simpson, instructed the Rio Grande Guardian, those that are traveling to the Valley are older and staying for longer intervals, however new individuals are not coming. She added that those that come appear to adore it right here. “They come for the climate, the friendly people, and the social activities.”
She stated she may solely research the individuals who have come to Texas, not those that select to not, so why the snowbird numbers are dwindling stays conjecture; however the unhealthy press engendered by drug cartel exercise throughout the river, and the next drug smuggling can’t be discounted.
The Rio Grande Valley, a slim triangular sector of southern Texas bounded by the Mexican border on the west and the Gulf of Mexico on the east, and straddling Hwy 83 from McAllen all the way down to
Brownsville, is populated by a whole bunch of leisure car and cell house communities that exist primarily for the Winter Texans from the northern states in addition to these from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and an excellent quantity from Ontario.
Although a lot of the media has centered on the combat over who pays for the wall, the very fact is that elements of it have already been constructed over the previous 15 years, with each Democrat and Republican presidents approving it and advancing its building. The Rio Grande Valley itself already has a wall in place for a lot of its border with Mexico, however leisure site visitors backwards and forwards has for a few years been an important incentive for Winter Texans.
If the imaginative and prescient for the wall’s future doesn’t maintain up, the Winter Texan way of life could expire. There’s real concern amongst enterprise leaders that except the detrimental tales within the media are countered by the constructive information that the Valley is secure and economically sound, tourism will proceed to undergo.
As for the Canadian contingent, J Ross Quigley, editor of the Canadian Snowbird Affiliation Information, says that Canada’s Winter Texans are afraid of nothing; “they have lived through all the drug wars, mostly without incident.” However, he provides: “Their only fear is the very low Canadian dollar and high rental and insurance costs. Snowbirds live on government pensions and the money raised from selling their house in Canada, if any. When the Canadian dollar only buys $0.73 US (after bank fees and charges) what can they do but stop travelling?”
He notes that general snowbird travel from all of Canada is down 13.eight%, this 12 months.
A part of the attraction of the Rio Grande Valley has all the time been entry to Mexico—a pleasant place to take guests for buying, lunch, sightseeing, shopping for medicines at discount costs with out the annoying want for prescriptions.
With relations between Mexico and the U.S. as fragile as they’re now, Canadian snowbirds are finest suggested to observe the recommendation and travel warnings from the authorities of Canada. Mexicans don’t have any quarrel with Canada.
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