Miguel Torruco continues his work tour of Texas in San Antonio

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Miguel Torruco continues his work tour of Texas in San Antonio
Source: Sectur
December 09, 2021

From June to September 2021, 257 thousand tourists came to Mexico from this city, which represented an increase of 300% compared to 2020


After concluding the first stage of his work tour in Texas in Houston, the Secretary of Tourism of the Government of Mexico, Miguel Torruco Marqués, began in the city of San Antonio the second part of this trip that has served, among other objectives, to publicize the news of the tourist offer of our country to the issuing markets of travelers in this region of the United States.

Accompanied by the Consul General of Mexico in San Antonio, Rubén Minutti Zanatta, secretaries and state secretaries of Tourism who are part of the delegation, as well as representatives of Mexican airlines, tourism associations and private sector executives, the day began with a business meeting with Brett Oetting, President and CEO of Visit Corpus Christi.

Subsequently, he gave interviews for television networks and held a meeting with investors from San Antonio, including real estate developers Charles Brehm and Alberto Milmo, as well as George Kauss, from the Investment and Project Development Bank.

Secretary Torruco Marqués explained the investment opportunities that exist in our country in the tourism sector, with strong potential for economic growth.

He assured that investors have never left Mexico. On the contrary, they are arriving stronger, especially from the United States, Canada, South America, Europe and now also from the Middle East.

He showed them some real estate projects, hotels, Timeshare, golf courses and Ecotourism, susceptible to receive investments and that are being developed in Huatulco, Oaxaca; Ixtapa, Guerrero; Loreto, Baja California Sur; Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit; Chetumal, Quintana Roo; Copper Canyon, Chihuahua; and San Luis Potosí, among others.

“Mexico has been a huge mosaic of beautiful places to visit and experience, but for many decades it has also been a great place to invest. This is why an industry that shows great capacity for recovery, that always shows to come back stronger, is highly attractive to investors, both national and international. I hope they visit us soon and be part of our unique and booming tourism industry, ”he said.

He also met with Steven Swan and Jenn Poeppelmeier, representatives of Southwest Airlines, and with Jesús Saenz Jr., director of San Antonio Airports, as well as other officials from the city's Department of Aviation, such as Tom Bartlett, José Luis García and Jacob Tyler.

Later, the Mexican delegation gave the seminar "Así es México" to travel agents, tour operators and wholesalers in San Antonio, during which Secretary Torruco Marqués explained that when the global pandemic of Covid-19 emerged in 2020, it caused the world of tourism a contraction of 73 percent.

He noted that the ten world tourism powers fell by as much as 84 percent; However, this did not happen in Mexico, thanks to the policy ordered by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to immediately prepare biosanitary protocols; do not restrict the arrival of international flights; and accelerate the vaccination process among the entire population.

"This helped our drop to be only 46 percent, which is why, according to the World Tourism Organization, in 2020 Mexico was the third most visited country in the world, with 24.3 million tourists, only behind France and Italy" , Held.

He added that the United States is the largest source market for tourists for our country, who mainly travel to Cancun, Los Cabos, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara.

He specified that particularly from San Antonio, in 2019 there were 230 thousand travelers who arrived in our country by air, but the recovery is underway and from June to September 2021 there were 257 thousand travelers who flew from San Antonio to Mexico, which It represented an increase of 300 percent, compared to what was registered in the same period last year.

In addition, scheduled airline seats from San Antonio to Mexican destinations for the last quarter of 2021 increased 122 percent, compared to the same period October-December 2020.

Later, the head of the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur) held "one-to-one" meetings with travel agents and tour operators. And then she went to the Cultural Institute of Mexico in San Antonio, where she held a dialogue with leaders and members of the Mexican-American communities in the town, and to whom she also presented the "Reencounter with my Roots" Program, aimed at Mexican women and men. who emigrated or descendants of up to the third generation who wish to travel to Mexico to see the land of their parents and grandparents, and who represent an important tourist market.

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