Published On: Sat, Jul 5th, 2014

Campeche,Quintana Roo and Yucatan sign agreement to benefit the Development of Indigenous People of the Peninsula

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The Tourism Secretariat (Sectur), along with representatives from the governments of Campeche,Quintana Roo and Yucatan, as well as the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples (CDI) have signed an agreement while meeting in Pixilá, Yucatán in order to boost support for ecotourism projects.

The new agreement will benefit more than 30 indigenous communities located in the municipalities targeted by the National Campaign Against Hunger.

Secretary of Tourism Claudia Ruiz Massieu said that the signing of the agreement will secure close to 20 million pesos ($1.5 million) in sustainable tourism projects as well as the expansion of tourism infrastructure in Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Yucatán in order to better accommodate travelers.

Ruiz said that the southwestern region of the country and particularly regions of Mayan origin “are a source of pride for Mexico as well as a source of cultural and historical wealth for tourists, with other parts of the country not having as strong of a cultural presence.”

The initiative is meant to propel development and economic growth in the communities of Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Yucatan through increasing opportunities for local involvement in tourism projects.

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Gov. of Yucatán Rolando Zapata Bello stressed that “ecotourism projects could serve as springboard to create more appealing activities for tourists in the southeastern part of the country, which will translate into economic growth for families, especially those who are less advantaged.”

General director of the CDI Nuvia Mayorga Delgado said the agreement will strengthen local tourism through the creation of projects that will allow indigenous economies to flourish.

In signing the agreement, 11.9 million pesos ($918,000) was allocated to Yucatán and 3.9 million pesos ($300,800) to Campeche and Quintana Roo for the development of ecotourism projects, which will directly benefit close to 900 people.

Tourism in Mexico has also encouraged development of ecological conservation, as seen with marine biologists who have been working with HOTEL owners in the Rivera Maya, Yucatán to conserve nesting areas for turtles to lay their eggs, demonstrating the benefits of linking tourism with local cooperation.

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