CANCÚN — During the opening of 30th edition of Cancún Travel Mart 2017, Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, secretary of federal tourism, emphasized that so far this year, Mexico has received 26 million foreign visitors, 12% more than in 2016, highlighting a growth of visitors from the United States and Canada, as well as those from Argentina, Brazil and Colombia.
De la Madrid Cordero said that until August this year, the economic output of tourism was 14.7 billion pesos, a figure 9.75% higher than that of 2016; he also said that the tourism industry represents 8.7% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), making it an effective way to improve the living conditions of Mexicans.
Regarding travel alerts, he said that we have to work in two ways: in reality to make the country a safer place and in the perception, to publicize that progress.
The 30th edition of Cancun Travel Mart has convened important representatives of the tourism industry of Cancún as a world-class destination and the positioning of Quintana Roo, which has nearly 100,000 hotel rooms and infrastructure that allows it to capture 40% of tourism revenues.
There are 316 buyers, 335 suppliers, 98 stands, more than 3,500 scheduled business appointments, and the expectation of sales is in the range of $3.5 billion USD, similar to last year.
Also attending the opening were Quintana Roo Gov. Carlos Joaquín Gonzalez; Carlos Gosselin Maurel, president of the Cancun Hotel Association and host of the event; Marisol Vanegas Pérez, secretary of Tourism; Dario Flota Ocampo, director of the Tourism Promotion Trust of the Riviera Maya; Lizzie Cole Guerrero, director of the Visitors and Conventions Office; Sergio González Rubiera, president of the
Mexican Association of Travel Agencies; and Remberto Estrada Barba, municipal president of Benito Juárez.
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