Tourism offers an economic ‘lifejacket’ to Campeche
Tourism is Campeche’s best bet to recover from the oil crisis that has resulted in the loss of 30 thousand jobs.
“In the Campeche area, 80 percent of the country’s oil has been extracted to date. (…) With the fall in prices and oil production, the exchange rate of the peso against the dollar resulted in a severe effect in 2015 and 2016. (…) That is why we are transforming Campeche’s vocation to tourism,” said Gov. Alejandro Moreno Cárdenas.
Although the tourism sector in the state has grown by 11 percent from 2015 to 2016, only 3 to 4 thousand jobs have been recovered from the 30 thousand lost.
A central part of Campeche’s tourism strategy will be to promote the visit of compatriots with attractive discounts of 25 percent in hotels and 50 percent in tours and access to the state’s attractions, only requiring they present their voter’s credential.
In a meeting with reporters in Mexico City, the official stressed that 7 billion pesos will be invested in various infrastructure projects, including 2 billion pesos in the Puente de la Unidad that connects Isla el Carmen with Campeche, whose bidding has already been launched; 250 million pesos in the remodeling of the entrance of the city of Campeche; 200 million pesos on a new seawall and a project to build larger dancing fountains than Las Vegas.
In April it could announce the arrival of cruises to Campeche, since a remote dock will be built, a project that only awaits the study of the tide behavior to materialize.
EEZ will maintain energy activity
Moreno Cárdenas stressed that the energy vocation of Campeche will not be neglected, since it is one of the Special Economic Zones (EEZ) and is expected to build a refinery.
“The energy vocation of Campeche will not be lost, with the EEZ can be made more investment as a refinery, but we want to diversify the state’s economy,” said the governor.