Tourism in Tekax is growing rapidly, since in the last few years it has gone from receiving around 750 visitors to more than 25 thousand per year, through efforts, investments and a series of necessary adjustments to become one of the preferred destinations in Yucatan and thus receive the Magic Town designation, commented Mayor Diego Avila Romero.
How is the Pueblo Mágico designation for Tekax going?
A couple of weeks ago we were with the Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco and the Governor of Yucatán, Mauricio Vila, presenting why we deserve the Pueblo Mágico designation, regardless of the fact that it is a program that does not provide resources, it is an extremely valuable program.
What have you done to earn the distinction?
From the local level we have made many adjustments in the municipality, in the Ermita, in the main park, the Municipal Market of Tekax, which will be the first in the interior of the state that will be functional for the locals, but will also have a touristic, gastronomic and handicraft focus.
What value do you give to this designation?
We know that many young people migrate to the United States, they go to look for work in other states due to the lack of employment, but what we want is for the money to arrive and we are looking for it through all the alternatives.
A look to the south?
Normally tourism is focused on Merida, Chichen Itza and the beaches of Yucatan, so for us it is very important that now visitors turn to see the south of the state and that is a goal we are working for from the government, private initiative, associations and councils that join this will.
Is the human capital prepared?
We have been working on training issues for service providers, hoteliers, restaurateurs and we have just created the Artesanos de Tekax brand, which gives the benefit to people who sell a local product to be present in spaces such as the market and the archaeological zone of Chacmultún.
Is there a capacity to receive tourism?
We are also encouraging investors to deposit their money in Tekax, we currently have approximately 100 hotel rooms, but the Magic Town distinction would be the anchor to attract them, because we already have attractive destinations.
What are your attractions?
We have a great variety of places to visit and products to know, from organic honey and its derivatives, the Mayan Route, agrotourism, a beautiful historic center, La Ermita de San Diego, Chacmultún, the Callejón de los Murales, the Grutas Chocantes, Tekax Adventures with ATVs, the Tumbaito train and the Mayan Village of San Marcelino, among many others.
When will you know if you will receive the designation?
At this moment SECTUR is working on the Tianguis Turístico 2023, the call has not yet come out, but we have already done our homework, so as soon as they open it we will submit our file to apply for the Pueblo Mágico designation along with other municipalities in Yucatán.