Mexico City: Filming of 007 film 'Spectre' boosted business in capital's historic center

Associated Press

Mexico City authorities say recent filming of the upcoming James Bond movie "Spectre" was a business boon for the capital's historic core.

A statement from the city government says hotel occupancy in the district rose 30 percent during the filming and the number of visitors was up 53 percent.

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It also said Thursday that producers agreed beforehand to pay 225 businesses that could be affected up to $2,500 a day in compensation for closures, and most had to shut down for just a few hours.

Some businesses in the historic center complained recently that street closures kept many customers away during the March 19-April 1 film shoot.

The head of the city's small business chamber said proprietors reported a 60 percent drop in sales during the first week of filming.