Mexico will invest close to $14 billion to refresh the country’s tourism industry and infrastructure, President Enrique Peña Nieto has said. The President outlined a three-point plan of action to tourism industry figures gathered at the 39th Tianguis Turistico Tourism Fair in Cancun. “Mexico has everything necessary to become a tourism power at the global level,” he said. “Mexico is the No. 2 tourism destination in the Americas and the only Latin American country that ranks in the top 25 most-visited nations in the world.”
New sustainable tourism projects will be developed at heritage sites in Chichen Itza, Palenque, Calakmul and Teotihuacan and the ‘magic towns’ program will also be expanded to 100 locations, the President said. Beach amenities and colonial districts will be given a major makeover along with the construction of convention centers and 20 new public parks at Mexican beaches.
The third phase in the national tourism plan is to bring Mexico’s seaports and airports into the modern age and make them more attractive for arriving tourists. More than 23 million foreign tourists came to Mexico in 2013, generating an economic impact of over $13.8 billion, the President said. The four-day event winds up today and has attracted 1,500 travel industry buyers from 60 countries.