Mexico works on the creation of sustainable tourist circuits
The Secretary of Tourism Miguel Torruco Marqués announced the progress and achievements of the "Kuxatur" program
The head of the Tourism Secretariat (Sectur) pointed out that this project emanates from the "Mexico Reborn Sustainable" strategy, which is defined within the framework of the Tourism Sector Program 2020-2024.
He indicated that the “Kuxatur” program is financed by 7.4 million dollars from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), in addition to coordinated work with the United Nations Development Program ( UNDP).
Torruco Marqués stressed that it is the first time that the tourism sector has accessed financing from an international organization in favor of biodiversity.
He pointed out that the "Kuxatur" project is carried out in collaboration with implementing partners, in each of the destinations where it is applied: Friends of Sian Ka'an, in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (Puerta del Cielo), in Quintana Roo; Conservation of the Insular Territory AC (ISLA), in the “Sierra La Laguna” Biosphere Reserve, in Baja California Sur; and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), in Huatulco, Oaxaca.
The Secretary of Tourism stressed that among the achievements in 2021 is the updating of the Project Guiding Document (PRODOC) before the different partners, the Consolidation of the Project Coordination Unit (UCP), and the work and analysis for the Sustainable Tourism Development Zones (ZDTS).
In addition, during 2021, eight consultancies were launched, including one that aims to develop and implement a strategy for sustainable tourism activities based on the ocean.
One more is aimed at developing the rules and governance guidelines of the National Tourism Sustainability Committee (Tlatocan), and laying the foundations for the creation of local committees (Tlatocatzin) in the three regions of the project; and another focused on diversifying the tourist offer through the design and strategic planning of ecotourism circuits with an emphasis on biodiversity in the Huatulco and Isthmus of Tehuantepec regions.
For this year, various actions are scheduled as part of the "Kuxatur" project that have, among other objectives, to design an Official Mexican Standard (NOM) on sustainable tourism that includes biodiversity criteria, in order to have an updated regulation for tourism service providers in this sector.
Torruco Marqués also specified that work is being done on the development and implementation of a Comprehensive Training Strategy aimed at key actors for the integration of biodiversity and its conservation in the tourism sector.