Firm support for Mexican tourism in China
The Secretary of Tourism of the Government of Mexico, Miguel Torruco Marqués, led the seminar “This is Mexico”, which gave more than 110 tour operators, wholesalers and representatives of Chinese airlines
Today, China and Mexico are two modern nations, but with great tradition that, despite the distance that separates them, seek to increase their cultural, educational, technological, economic and tourist approach.
This is how the Secretary of Tourism of the Government of Mexico, Miguel Torruco Marqués, began his speech at noon before the members of the Chinese tourism community who attended the seminar “This is Mexico”, one of the main events scheduled for the work tour by the People's Republic of China, to promote our country through the Operation Knock Doors Program.
Before more than 110 tour operators in China and airline representatives, Torruco Marqués said that in the field of tourism there is a great interest in increasing the flow of travelers between both countries, which is favored by the Mexico-Vancouver air routes. Guanzhou, of the China Southern Airlines airline, with three weekly flights; Mexico-Tijuana-Beijing, with two operations a week from Hainan Airlines; and Mexico-Tijuana-Shanghai, of Aeromexico, with three weekly flights.
With this connectivity, useful for the transport of passengers and cargo, last year, coming from the People's Republic of China, particularly from Beijing, Guanzhou and Shanghai, 167,663 tourists arrived in Mexico, which represented an increase of 18.3 percent with respect to 2017; while the economic spill they generated was 154 million 778 thousand dollars, 20.1 percent more than in the previous year.
Today, China occupies the fifteenth position in the total arrival of international tourists to Mexico and the first place in the countries that come from Asia, with 24.8 percent.
Torruco Marqués stressed that, in the arrival of foreign tourists, Mexico occupies the seventh position in the ranking of the World Tourism Organization, with 41 million 447 thousand visitors, and the 16th place in attracting foreign exchange with 22 thousand 500 million dollars.
To convey to the seminar attendees the importance that the tourism industry has in Mexico, he indicated that this activity generates more than 4 million direct and 6 million indirect jobs; contributes 8.8 percent to the Gross Domestic Product; and the Trade Balance records a positive balance of 11 billion dollars.
In addition, in 2018 the hotel sector received an investment of more than 9 billion dollars and it is expected that at the end of this year Mexico will have an inventory of 23 thousand 232 hotels, which will add 835 thousand 400 rooms. This places our country in the seventh position worldwide in hotel infrastructure.
Mexico also has an airport network of 76 airports, of which 63 are international. This allowed to receive in 2018, by air, 18.7 million foreign travelers who visited, mainly, destinations such as Cancun, Mexico City, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara and Monterrey.
He added that Mexico also stands out in the cruise industry, with the annual arrival of 2,668 of these vessels and 7 million 858 thousand passengers, who mostly disembark at the ports of Cozumel and Majahual, in Quintana Roo; Ensenada, in Baja California; and Cabo San Lucas, in Baja California Sur.
Secretary Torruco Marqués presented the many attractions of our country, such as caves, cenotes, reefs, lagoons, waterfalls, deserts, beaches, jungles, mangroves and 182 Natural Protected Areas.
All this makes Mexico one of the main mega diverse countries in the world, ranking fifth with 12 percent of the world's biodiversity.
He added that our cultural attractions are also vast: 191 archeological areas open to the public, 1,386 museums and 117,799 historical monuments from the 16th to the 19th centuries, in addition to 121 Magical Towns, with their folklore, tradition, culture and particular attributes.
Moreover, Mexico has 35 sites recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO and nine cultural expressions designated Intangible Heritage of Humanity - such as the Day of the Dead and Mexican cuisine -, which positions it as the number one in the American continent and the seventh in the world with such appointments.
The Secretary of Tourism of Mexico also emphasized national cuisine, attractive that is among the main motivators of travel to Mexico, thanks to its great diversity and wealth, since each state and region have their own recipes and culinary traditions.