Tianguis Turístico marks the beginning of a new era for Mexican tourism
President López Obrador participated in the opening and stated that the event begins a new stage in the public life of the country
The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, inaugurated the 45th edition of the Tianguis Turístico México, which on this occasion is based in Mérida, capital of Yucatán.
"What this act essentially means is to inaugurate a new stage in the public life of our country, to get out of the tunnel of darkness we were in due to the pandemic," he said.
Accompanied by the federal Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco Marqués, and the governor of the state of Yucatán, Mauricio Vila Dosal, the Chief Executive said that tourism is an economic activity with a social dimension, because it not only generates wealth, but is distributed that wealth; creates many jobs for hoteliers, restaurateurs and tourism service providers, in addition to many workers who make a living from this activity.
“Here in the Yucatan Peninsula and in the southeast we have an extraordinary region in archaeological wealth, that is why it is the Mayan Train, it is to communicate the new and the old Mayan cities. In which country in the world are there as many archaeological sites as in the Mayan region?
He argued that to these attractions we must add the cities that were built during the colonial era, such as Campeche and Mérida, as well as the turquoise sea of the Caribbean.
“Everything that Cancun has meant, millions of tourists. What Governor Mauricio Vila mentioned here, that we are going to take advantage of the fact that many come to Cancun and that it is not just being on the beach, but that they can enter and get to know the entire Mayan region, that is why it was decided to carry out the construction of the railroad for the Mayan Train: 1,500 kilometers, a great work to promote the tourist and cultural development of the Yucatan Peninsula and the southeast ", he assured.
“But what encourages us the most is the growth that is already beginning to register and that tourism in our country is going to be unstoppable. We are hoping that the tourist influx to Mexico will continue, because we have a unique, extraordinary potential, like Mexico there are not two. "
Finally, the Chief Executive expressed his congratulations to the organizers and participants of the Tianguis Turístico, as well as his pleasure at having inaugurated the event.
For his part, the Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco Marqués, said that after a long wait for the realization of this significant Tourist Tianguis, postponed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the national tourism industry is here with new vigor and hope of a better future for the sector.
He noted that estimates indicate that last year, due to international travel restrictions, there was a 73 percent contraction in the arrival of international tourists at the global level.
"In this context, the major tourist powers presented falls of up to 84 percent, but in the case of Mexico the decrease was 46 percent, thanks to the correct policy that you instructed, Mr. President, regarding the non-restriction of flights. international routes to national territory, as well as the immediate implementation of the biosanitary protocols designed by the Ministry of Tourism in close coordination with the Ministry of Health, with the support of the private sector and the governments of the 5 most visited states. Thus, the bottom was not reached, social peace and economic stability were preserved, ”he said.
Therefore, he added that for this 2021 the arrival of 31 million international tourists is estimated, with an economic income of 18 thousand 100 million dollars, and an average annual hotel occupancy of 46 percent.
Secretary Torruco Marqués specified that it is expected that the tourism Gross Domestic Product will register at the end of 2021 a participation of 7.1 percent and at the end of 2022 it will be 8.3 percent of the national GDP, which practically implies the recovery of tourism activity to 2019 levels.
"Proof of this is that the tourism GDP presented a real increase of 9.2 percent in the second quarter of 2021, compared to the previous period, after a drop of 1.4 percent had been observed in the first three months of the year," he explained. .
Destacó que, de acuerdo a datos proporcionados por las Secretarías de Turismo de los estados, a octubre de 2021 se mantiene una inversión nacional de 9 mil 108 millones de dólares, con 490 proyectos turísticos, que generan 156 mil 575 empleos directos e indirectos.
“Además, en el primer semestre del 2021, México captó 711 millones de dólares de inversión extranjera directa turística, y al segundo trimestre la población ocupada en el sector fue de alrededor de 4 millones de personas, es decir: 249 mil empleos más con respecto al primer trimestre de este mismo año”, externó.
He also stressed that due to a cyclical issue, caused by the pandemic, it is expected that in 2020 Mexico will pass, in the ranking of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), from seventh to third place in arrival of international tourists, and from place 17 to 14 in tourist spending.
“Undoubtedly, all these are encouraging figures that show a tourist activity in the process of recovery, and that are also the result of the policy of no indebtedness carried out by the Government of Mexico, and of opting for solidarity, in instead of group interests; gradualness before immediacy; the future with a long-term vision, instead of momentary and short-term actions ”, he asserted.
The head of Sectur emphasized that from 2012 to 2018 54 billion pesos were channeled to the federal Tourism budget. However, with these resources, Mexico managed to occupy the seventh place in the world as a recipient of international tourists and the 17th place in attracting foreign currency, as well as a distant 40th place in per capita spending.
“In the current administration, headed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the philosophy and principles of tourism are: to make this activity a tool for social reconciliation, benefiting the local population; integrating and diversifying a tourism product that responds to consumer tastes and expectations to generate employment and foreign exchange; and strengthen private investment, "he said.
He added that, therefore, the commitment and main challenge for the next three years is to increase both foreign exchange earnings and per capita spending, and improve the standard of living of the local population.
In this sense, work will continue to eradicate the concentration of tourism in only six tourist places, destinations to which 92.5 percent of international tourists arrive; as well as towards the diversification of the markets, so as not to depend on 68 percent of two friendly countries.
Similarly, the head of Sectur stressed that the effects of the pandemic caused a change in the tourism policy of nations, which today forces us to adapt to a new reality, avoiding inertial responses.
“Esta situación ha venido a reforzar nuestra visión de un turismo diferente, sostenible, que sea motor de crecimiento económico y que transite de la explotación del patrimonio, a su conservación; de la saturación de destinos, a un desarrollo regional; de un enfoque mercantilista, a uno democrático; de la concentración de capitales, a una mejor calidad de vida de los habitantes de las plazas con vocación turística; de un desarrollo desigual, a un desarrollo justo y equitativo; y de la alteración de la cotidianidad local, al respeto a los derechos y tranquilidad de los habitantes de los destinos turísticos”, señaló.
He also reported that this Mexico Tourism Tianguis, has the participation of 1,539 buyers, from 970 companies from 42 nations, which together represent 95 percent of the total international tourists who visit us.
These figures exceed those registered before postponing the Tourist Tianguis and it is estimated that throughout this day of commercial exchange, the 56,663 pre-established business appointments will have to be exceeded.
There is also the presence of the 32 states of the Mexican Republic and 4 thousand 48 people among the exhibitors.
Secretary Torruco Marqués emphasized that in order to create new products and tourist routes, which extend the stay and increase visitor spending, tirelessly work is being done on one of the most emblematic infrastructure projects of the current administration: the Mayan Train.
“With the largest investment in tourism in the last 60 years, this great work will be an example of regional integration of the tourism product along its 1,524 kilometers of railroad, where 19 stations will be located, bringing progress to the states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas, which have a potential of 190 high-impact tourist attractions. This transcendental project is just one of the various Strategic Programs developed by the Government of Mexico ”, he stated.
Finalmente, agradeció al jefe del Ejecutivo por encabezar la ceremonia, así como al gobernador de Yucatán, Mauricio Vila Dosal.
Also in the presidium were General Luis Cresencio Sandoval González, Secretary of National Defense; Admiral José Rafael Ojeda Durán, Secretary of the Navy; Rogelio Jiménez Pons Gómez; general director of the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur); Omar Fayad Meneses, constitutional governor of the state of Hidalgo and president of the National Conference of Governors (Conago); Michelle Fridman, secretary of Tourism Development of Yucatán; Héctor Tejeda Shaar, president of the Confederation of National Chambers of Commerce, Services and Tourism (Concanaco Servytur); Braulio Arsuaga Lozada, president of the National Tourism Business Council (CNET); Juan Carlos Rivera Castellanos, president of the Union of Secretaries of Tourism of Mexico (Asetur); and Renán Barrera Concha; municipal president of Mérida.
In addition, María de la Piedad Reus and Ascencio “Piquis Rochín”, pioneer of tourism; Adair Wakefield Margo, International Promoter of the Year; Lilia Ríos Torres, promoter of the Historical and Cultural Identity of Mexico at the International level; José Miguel Calderón Aldana, ambassador of the first Inclusive Tourist Tianguis; and Sylvie Mograbi, widow of C. Sony Mizrahi Galante, a pioneer in tourism, who received recognition.
Several governors, businessmen and members of the national tourism sector, among others, also attended the event.