“This event means leaving behind the dark tunnel of the pandemic”: AMLO
“A new dawn is what this act essentially means, is to inaugurate a new stage in the public life of our country, to get out of the tunnel, out of the darkness in which we were immersed due to the pandemic. A very difficult time with a lot of suffering, ”said the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the opening ceremony of the Tianguis Turístico 2021 in Mérida.
The president recognized the growth that Yucatán, Campeche, and Quintana Roo are having, for which he expressed his commitment to install two power plants.
“Here in Yucatán we have the commitment to build two thermoelectric plants, one in Valladolid and the other in Mérida so that there is no shortage of electricity in the peninsula,” said the president.
He also said that tourism growth in the country will be “unstoppable”, as he hopes that the influx of tourists will continue due to the unique potential that Mexico has. And as it is his habit, President Lopez Obrador stated that “Mexico has archaeological and historical zones, that neither Athens nor Egypt have”.
He highlighted the archaeological beauty of Calakmul, Campeche, as a tourist attraction that he will detonate from the Mayan Train and put Yucatán as an example of how jobs have been recovered after the pandemic.
Lopez Obrador recalled that this Thursday, November 18th, he will have a meeting with the President of the United States, Joe Biden, and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau to evaluate the trade agreement that involves the three North American countries.
“Welcome to the most planned and organized Tourist Tianguis”, mentioned the governor of Yucatán, Mauricio Vila, to start the opening ceremony at the International Congress Center, at 1:30 pm.
He thanked the federal government for its support, recalling that at his request, Yucatán was included in the Maya Train route through the federal secretary of tourism, Miguel Torruco.
He recognized that the railway project will help bring tourism from the important tourism hub that is Quintana Roo.
“Yucatán grew at 11 percent in the economy and 15 months later, 8 thousand more jobs have been generated than before the pandemic,” said the governor.
Also, he stressed that this development cannot be concentrated only in the cities, but in the municipalities, today half of these investments are being generated in the interior of the state.
“For many years we saw a tourist model where there were large hotel areas with many luxuries; but two blocks back, areas of very high marginalization, where the families that work in these tourist destinations live, ”said Vila Dosal.
The governor said that the Tianguis Turístico in Mérida was a dream of more than 10 years: “I want to tell you that the road to get to this tianguis was not easy. When I was governor-elect, I was talking with Miguel Torruco, who was also the elected secretary in 2018, before we took office, and I told him: Miguel, we have been trying to host the Tianguis Turístico for more than 10 years, I would like us to be able to host of this important event ”.
However, Torruco told him that for this, they needed a facility with the capacity to host an international level tourist event, so the government of Yucatan built the International Congress Center and also expanded the “XXI Century Convention Center”.
Miguel Torruco said that after the international contraction of 73 percent in the arrival of international tourists, at the end of 2021 31 million international tourists are projected with a spill of 18 billion dollars: “Sectur foresees that the tourism GDP at the end of 2021 registers participation of 7.1 percent and at the end of the 22nd this is 8.3 of the national GDP, which practically implies the gradual process of the recovery of the national tourist activity ”.
Source: Jornada Maya
The Yucatan Post