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TRAVEL & TOURISM - President upbeat regarding tourism

MEXICO CITY – President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa said Monday that he was happy that in spite of the problems Mexico is currently facing, nearly 30 million tourists visited the country in 2010.

After signing the National Tourism Agreement, and accompanied by governors, representatives from the legislative branch and investors, the President said that beyond the international perception of the country, tourists from all over the world have always stayed true to Mexico.

After Nayarit Governor Ney González said that one of Mexico’s priority’s regarding tourism must be to always show a good image to the world, President Calderón noted that the country is going in the right direction, because Mexico is still one of the favorite countries in the world to visit.

“Mexico is No. 10 on the list of most visited countries in the world. We’ve achieved this in spite of the dire problems we face every day. Last year, we saw 22.3 million tourists tasting a bit of this country, including the nearly 6 million visitors that came on cruise ships,” he said.

He noted that due to the tourism policies that his administration has fostered, millions visited Mexico in 2010. “We saw an increase of 75 percent in Brazilian visitors, while Russian tourism increased by a staggering 200 percent. This agreement integrates 100 different official actions that will help us strengthen the tourism sector,” he said.

He noted that Mexico will invest in the tourism sector, including increasing its “connectivity,” meaning, travel agencies will offer more and better tourism packages and Mexico will invest in infrastructure projects to offer visitors better vacation opportunities. “We will work hard to encourage investors to put their trust in Mexico and promote sustainable development,” he added.

President Calderón pointed out that one of the aims of the National Tourism Agreement is to put Mexico in the top five most visited tourism nations in the world by 2018.

“This year, we will most likely receive US$40 billion in tourism revenue and create more than 12 million indirect jobs,” he noted. “True, sometimes political parties tend to bicker and have different opinions, but tourism is one of the things that really brings us together, because, after all, we want a better Mexico for everyone and ourselves.”

The President concluded by saying that Mexico needs to be more competitive and that his government will always strive to make sure that visitors are safe and sound in our country.
Source: Carmen Martinez Jimenez

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