Suppliers voice concern over reports Mexico will shutter tourism board

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Mexico’s new president, citing a lack of transparency in how funds are spent, appears to be following through with reported plans to shutter the country’s international tourism offices and cut funding to promote inbound tourism.

Although the government has made no official announcement, there have been numerous reports in Mexico’s news media in recent months that president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador planned to shut the Tourism Promotion Council and shift its $295 million annual budget to construction of a railroad connecting tourism destinations and villages across the Mayan Peninsula.

In an email to Travel Weekly, Pablo Azcarraga, who chairs both the Mexican hotel chain Grupo Posadas and Consejo Nacional Empresarial Turistico (CNET), the voice of Mexico’s private tourism sector, said Thursday that the private sector “is in the process of negotiating with the federal government a new proposal to create a new joint entity that will manage the advertising and promotion funds.”

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