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Can Tourism Really Save Mexico City?

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Mexico City declared tourism as a priority in order to further economic development of the city. According to an official, in recent decades the sector has become one of the strategic components for growth and welfare of the metropolitan area.

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Mexico City Declares Tourism as a Priority in Order to Further Economic Development

Tourism will be a priority for the government of Mexico City, headed by Miguel Angel Mancera, who hopes that this activity will become not only an engine of economic development, but in one of the largest generators of employment. According to the official, in recent decades the sector has become one of the strategic components for growth and welfare of the metropolitan area.

This transpired during the signing of the Declaration of priority tourism as a policy of the Federal District, which indicates the strategy that the entity will continue to ensure the achievement of those objectives, which includes the installation of the Advisory Council and the Executive Committee of Tourism for dialogue with members of industry and government coordination mechanism.

According to a report from Excelsior, Mancero instructed the capital’s tourism secretary, Miguel Torruco Marquis, “to work on the establishment of the standard tourist and restructure the sector” to boost this activity jointly by authorities, employers and society.

Also called associations representing the tourism industry, hoteliers, restaurateurs, wholesalers, meeting planners, travel agents and craftsmen to work together for this purpose.

He recalled that in 2012 Mexico City received over 12.5 million domestic and foreign travelers, who left an outlay of 55 billion dollars, and said that the leisure activity represents 7% of gross domestic product (GDP) of the Mexican capital and directly employs more than 271,000 workers.

For his part, the director of the Chamber of Commerce of that city (Canaco), Ricardo Navarro Benitez said that during the last three weeks of the year just ended was an increase of 30% in the number of visitors to the historic center, it which resulted in the improvement of business in that area, the report said.

According to the agreement on the priority of tourism in Mexico City that sector has helped to strengthen the strategic position of the city “as joint space regionally, nationally and internationally, to promote diverse economic opportunities, social and cultural rights”.

The industry also contributes significantly to the economic development of Mexico and its capital, for his role in gross domestic product (GDP) and employment generation.

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