In Mexico the tourism must generate foreign exchange, employment and social reconciliation
This was stated by the Secretary of Federal Tourism, Miguel Torruco Marqués during the Summit of Mayors of North America
With the new government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador began a profound transformation of public life in Mexico, where institutional actions will show a different face, said the Federal Tourism Secretary, Miguel Torruco Marqués.
When speaking at the first Summit of Mayors of North America, held in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, the official explained to the participants that as part of this new policy, in the Secretariat of Tourism their The charge is focused on increasing the economic income and the per capita spending of the tourists that visit us, as well as ensuring that the benefits of tourism activity permeate the local population, and not only remain in macroeconomic results.
He added that with this purpose they undertook actions of linkage with other federal agencies to improve the infrastructure in fourteen peripheral areas of tourist destinations, as a first stage, with the aim that there are no tourist "paradises" living together with marginalized areas.
Therefore, Torruco Marqués said that tourism should be an instrument of integration that reconciles economic growth with social and generate welfare conditions for the inhabitants of tourist centers.
"We conceive tourism as a source of investment, foreign exchange and employment, as well as a valuable tool for social reconciliation," he said.
He added that, for decades, Mexico has become a world tourist reference with significant growth, thanks to the efforts of several generations of investors, businessmen and tourism service providers.
Added to this, in the present federal administration tourism acquires a different meaning, with a social dimension, but without neglecting the importance it has for the economic development of the country.
"Its great relevance for coexistence, integration and social reconciliation are aspects that in the coming years should be clear for those who buy and sell tourist services," he said.
Importance of the Mexican tourism industry
The Secretary of Tourism of the Government of Mexico delineated the mayors of the North of the continent, the importance of the Mexican tourism industry in the world, with the following data:
It contributes 8.8 percent of the national Gross Domestic Product, participation superior to that of sectors such as mining, oil, construction or financial services; it generates 4.2 million direct jobs and six million indirect jobs; and the Tourism Commercial Balance presents a balance in favor of 11 thousand 200 million dollars.
We occupy the seventh position in reception of tourists, in the ranking of the World Tourism Organization, with 41.4 million travelers, and the 16th place in attracting foreign currency, with 22 thousand 500 million dollars per year.
For this year 2019, the forecasts forecast the arrival of 43.3 million foreign tourists, which will represent an increase of 4.7 percent, compared to last year; and an income of 23 thousand 600 million dollars, 10.6 percent more than in 2018.
However, the domestic market is vital, since it represents 80 percent of national tourism consumption, with a volume of 252 million Mexicans traveling through Mexico, of which 99.5 million (39.4 percent) stayed in a hotel, leaving one economic income of 240 billion pesos.
In the first four months of this year, an investment of 5 thousand 200 million dollars was identified, with 24 thousand 100 new jobs, in various tourism projects, according to information from the Bank of Mexico.
Globally, Mexico ranks seventh in hotel infrastructure. In the period from January to April 2019, 9,767 hotel rooms were under construction, so it is estimated that by the end of the year some 20,000 rooms will have been built, to reach an inventory of 833,392 rooms, 2.5 percent. more than in 2018. The year will also close with 22 thousand 230 hotels, 1.9 percent above last year.
The country has a network of 76 airports, 63 of which are international. The 56.1 percent of tourists who arrive to Mexico by air come from the United States and 11.5 percent from Canada, our main source markets.