Despite the reactivation protocol that the Government is already preparing, The Mexican tourism industry, which contributes 8.7% of GDP, will not fully recover until 2023, predicted Miguel Torruco, head of the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur), in an interview with Efe.
"It has to happen this year and next year, with a lot of effort, so that by 2023 it can be more standardized, it will again be practically quite successful, but not yet take the same levels that we had at the end of 2019Torruco warned.
Mexico consolidated in 2019 as one of the 10 most visited countries in the world by receiving more than 45 million international tourists with an economic outlay of USD 24,563 million, a 9% annual growth, explained the secretary.
However, in the face of the international crisis caused by COVID-19, the arrival of foreign visitors it fell 34.4% annually in the first quarter of 2020 and the economic spill decreased 45.6%, he explained., with figures “even more delicate” for the second quarter.
For this reason, Torruco presented this week the "National Guideline for the Reopening of the Tourism Sector", which establishes the measures of personal hygiene, the environment and healthy distance for the "new normal" that will start nationwide on June 1.
"We have already approved the protocol, which is the most important thing because of the problems we are going through, of guidelines for the gradual opening of tourist centers"He detailed.
Although the federal official avoided forecasts, the Association of Secretaries of Tourism of Mexico (Asetur) has estimated that tourism GDP will fall 10% this year, with losses of more than USD 10 billion.
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Of the USD 173,509 million of tourist consumption in 2019, 83% were from domestic travelers, a total of USD 143,665 millionTorruco pointed out.
For this reason, the Government will initiate the crusade “Let's Travel through Mexico”, which will invite you to visit national destinations and consume crafts, which represent 18.8% of cultural GDP.
"All the countries that today are suffering from this COVID-19 pandemic, of course are marching on the same path, that is, exhorting the population that, as soon as the prohibitions or health issues are lifted, the first thing they must do, before going to another country, is to travel through the nation itself", argument.
Another measure is the rectification of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who had proposed eliminating bridges so that children learn about historical dates instead of taking time off.
In the three main long weekends, Torruco described, lodging rises up to 8%, there are 5 million more tourists, from those that 2 million are staying in a hotel, and there is a spill of 38,400 million pesos (USD 1,689 million).
"You have to promote domestic tourism to have a relief and later and to start to open more borders as health problems are overcome, Declared the owner of Sectur.
However, Mexico never restricted international flights in the almost three months of COVID-19 in the country, which accumulates 62,527 cases and 6,989 deaths from the disease.
The Government will carry out its first Digital Tourist Tianguis in September, estimating that from now on 70% of the sector's transactions will be made online, compared to 58% previously.
Meanwhile, the fair of the 121 Magical Towns of the country will be held from November 26 to 29 in San Luis Potosí, and the Tianguis Turístico in-person will take place from March 21 to March 24, 2021 in Yucatan.
The secretary stressed that Mexico is one of the top five destinations travelers in Canada and the United States have in mind for after the pandemic, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
With a surplus of USD 14,175 million, Torruco recalled that the United States and Spain are the main foreign investors in tourism infrastructure.
"Spanish investment is very important to us, especially there in southeastern Mexico, in Quintana Roo, Cancún, Playa del Carmen, there is a lot of investment and new good projects from all the hotel chains that are part of the team of promoters in our country ”he stated.
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