Mexico will be the third most visited country on a global scale during the third quarter of this year, indicate the preliminary results of the Barometer of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for December.
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Recovery of tourism began in July, says Sectur Miguel Torruco Marqués, head of the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur) acknowledged, in an interview with MILENIO, that the result is temporary and that it is due to the drop in tourism at the international level that caused the Covid-19 pandemic, but Mexico can go from seventh to third place in the world in arrival of international tourists, only surpassed by Italy and France.
In terms of attracting foreign exchange for tourism, the head of the Sectur announced that Mexico estimates to advance two positions and advance from place 16 to 14, with a capture of 11,200 million dollars. In this list, the first place is occupied by the United States with 89.1 billion dollars followed by France with 33.8 billion dollars.
“It is temporary, for no reason can we claim victory that we are going to third position and 14, because the forces are going to adapt,” he explained and stressed that having the vaccine against covid-19 will also be a value added for tourism.
Among the reasons why Mexico is positioned in third place is that tourists from the United States and Canada, which together represent 66.5 of the total, decided to fly in periods of no more than four hours, so those who planned to go to Europe or Asia, they redirected their flights to Mexican destinations.
Sectur suspends activities in Punto México due to covid-19 Torruco said that although international tourism is relevant, “the domestic will continue to be the support and lifeline of companies.” In 2019, 258 million national tourists were reported, 102 million occupied hotel facilities and there was an unprecedented spill of 124 billion dollars. Faced with tourism that demands safer health conditions to avoid the spread of covid 19, the secretary reported that they are working to facilitate digital migration services, for which he has met with the Ministry of the Interior, Communications and Transportation and with Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA) to review the modifications they will make to those services with a pilot plan for 10 airports. Another of the demands that they will attend will be the control of the hosting platforms.
AND ALSO THEY SEEK TO LET INTERJET DIE:
UNION The Interjet workers announced that they will not be guilty of the cessation of operations, and of working without payment, so the company decided to cancel their flights indefinitely, which led the airline’s union to assure that they are trying to let it die. “It seems that they let Interjet die and they wanted us, the workers, to be the culprits,” said union leader Francisco Joaquín del Olmo.