In times of uncertainty, tourism is the option of decent employment I

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In times of uncertainty, tourism is the option of decent employment I
Tue June 12, 2018

The head of Sectur Enrique de la Madrid said that tourism is one of the economic sectors in Mexico that will best defend itself globally


Enrique de la Madrid, Secretary of Tourism of the Government of the Republic, confided that tourism will be one of the economic sectors that will best defend itself at a global level in times of uncertainty and global change that are experienced today, where increasingly workers are replaced by machines.

During the inauguration of the "Business Conference of the Textile-Clothing Sector" of the "Connect to tourism" program, the head of the Sectur said it is important to highlight the relevance of tourism in the current times of global uncertainty, where the sector will be one of those who will defend themselves fiercely before a change of time and productive processes that have been automated.

"For the above," said De la Madrid, "it is important to connect Mexico with the world and" connect more with each other (...) in different matters. There is a lot of world to connect with. And more than closing is to open to attract other markets to us. That is the great opportunity to link with medium, small and micro companies, to generate solid value chains that allow companies to compete and pull more Mexicans into development ".

The Sectur organized the 15th business round between the tourism and textile sectors, with the aim of linking the respective entrepreneurs and adding them to the "Connect to Tourism" program. From both branches of the economy it is intended that companies generate more decent jobs and well paid from the substitution of imports.

"In this way, the tourism sector will be a great winner in these times of change where there is a knowledge economy, and that is where tourism will do well," said the head of the Sectur.

Secretary De la Madrid stressed the importance of import substitution based on competitiveness, where tourism has gained an important share in the market thanks to the fact that the sector grows above the economy and increases employment above other productive areas.

"It has been said that there are about 10 million jobs directly and indirectly and is the third largest source of foreign currency, growing to significant steps where in addition 60 percent of the workforce is made up of women. From 2012 to date tourism in Mexico has grown 10.9 percent, while in the world increased to 5 percent, which means good years for international tourism, but better, for domestic tourism, "said the official.

This has also involved the generation of 700 thousand new jobs, and at the end of the day what is pursued is the generation of decent and well paid jobs, "he said.

In his speech, Juan Pablo Castañón, president of the Business Coordinating Council (CCE), said that millions of foreigners come to Mexico to know their culture, to enjoy their traditions, their food and natural attractions. The income generated, he added, has represented more than 8 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) and has helped offset the decline in oil revenues. In addition, 85 percent of the economic income in the sector is generated by local tourism in the national territory.

He stressed that the business round between the textile and tourism sectors will be of utmost importance, since the textile sector produces a large quantity of essential goods for tourism, such as towels, sheets, tablecloths and the general conditioning of rooms in hotels and restaurants .

On the other hand, Elena Achar, head of the Sectorial and Regional Coordination Unit of the Sectur, announced that for the last two years that she started the "Connect to tourism" program, there are 1,500 supplier companies benefited; There are also 333 buying companies, such as hotels, restaurants, airlines and cruises. In addition to the above, 8 thousand 791 business appointments have been made with an expectation of substitution of exports of over one billion pesos.

"Annually the restaurant and hotel industry in Mexico recorded purchases of 9 billion dollars; and on average, 60 percent of the products are imported, so this is an opportunity to enter this value chain. Among the main sectors are construction, electrical, clothing, textiles, beverages and furniture, which can be supplied with Mexican companies, with products made and designed in Mexico, "said Achar Samra.

In his speech, Pablo Azcárraga, president of the National Tourism Business Council (CNET), said that tourism is a strategic activity for the country because its expansion and growth has a huge multiplier effect with all the benefits of Mexico's development.

"Agreements such as the one we subscribe to today will facilitate with concrete measures the central role that tourism must occupy as a real instrument and engine of the future development of Mexico, boosting the supply of the sector has been a permanent purpose of the country's tourism entrepreneurs" , said the CNET president.

He assured that the future of tourism in Mexico is very promising, "we have 80 million Mexicans traveling through the country and this year we are going to close with 43 million international visitors with an economic income that places us very close to remittances as one of the main sources of foreign currency capture in the country, domestic tourism will continue to grow because it has attractions that make it competitive internationally ".

For his part, Francisco Cervantes, leader of the Confederation of Industrial Chambers (Concamin), agreed with the secretary Enrique de la Madrid in the sense that in the framework of the complicated renegotiation of NAFTA, "we must modify the political strategy so that gradually let's avoid that the external imbalances generate complicated economic scenarios that hurt the companies. One of those strategies is precisely the business roundtables organized by the Sectur. "

"Despite the global environment, tourism is a protagonist in attracting dollars, which brings Mexico closer to the top 10 countries that receive more foreign currency by external travelers in the ranking led by the US.

Meanwhile, José Cohen, president of the National Chamber of the Textile Industry, stressed the importance of holding a business conference exclusively for the textile-clothing industry, as it shows the importance that the industry represents for the tourism sector. In fact, he recalled that purchases of textiles amount to one billion dollars.

It is worth mentioning that the textile sector exports 6 thousand 300 million dollars and in recent years 2 thousand 500 million dollars have been invested in innovation and equipment upgrade.

"The industry will be a great ally and supplier of tourism, since it also has a capacity for development, design and service due to its strategic proximity to our customers. It is proven that we are a competitive sector, which is why the textile and clothing industry will be one of the main pillars of the manufacturing economy, since we contribute 1.2 million jobs, 10 percent of the total manufacturing GDP and 80 percent of its labor force. women, "he explained.

Víctor Rayek, president of the National Chamber of the Clothing Industry, said: "We are convinced that a strategy of collaboration and joint vision allows us to successfully face the changing challenges of the environment, we want to establish milestones and change paradigms, more than 60 percent of the products that tourism companies require come from foreign suppliers. "

He said that manufactured goods manufacturers contribute 2.1 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) manufacturing, provide more than 329 thousand direct jobs and more than one million indirect in the logistics supply and marketing of products, is also an important Employer of female labor in the manufacturing sector, with nearly 75 percent participation, competitive advantages positions us as the first Latin American exporter and sixth worldwide supplier of garments to the United States ".

Finally, it should be remembered that "Connect to tourism", has more than 3 thousand supply companies registered in its electronic platform; more than 300 buying companies, hotels, airlines, cruises, recreational parks and has worked as a great instrument to link supply and demand between different areas of the Mexican economy.


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