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López Obrador says Maya Train could attract 3 million per year

Palenque, Chiapas — In a recent meeting with other state governors, López Obrador says that the construction of the Maya Train could attract 3 million visitors per year.

President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, along with governors of five southeastern states, met to discuss the Maya Train project, which will officially travel through the states of Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Chiapas.

The private meeting was held with the governor of Chiapas, Manuel Velasco and the governors of Tabasco, Arturo Núñe, Campeche, Alejandro Moreno Cárdenas, Yucatan, Rolando Zapata and Quintana Roo, Carlos Joaquín González.

Lopez Obrador reported that the total investment of the train will be 150 billion peso and in addition to public investment, which he says is the seed, private resources will be used. He added that the lodging tax, which is around 8 billion peso, will also be injected to finance the Maya Train project.

He defended the viability of the project, saying it will trigger economic activity in the region and attract up to 3 million additional tourists per year, adding that over the last decades, all development as been focused on Riviera Maya.

After the meeting, he said that the first steps toward the project have already been taken by the state governors of Chiapas and Tabasco, which will see the project launch during the first days of the next government.

“Without the support of the current governors, we could not have the bidding and work in time,” said the president-elect adding that this is more than a government project, but a national project since it involves citizens, civil society, the private sector and authorities of the three levels of government.

Quintana Roo governor, Carlos Joaquín stressed the importance of the train to transport passengers, both tourists and locals, between the different points of Quintana Roo such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

“The movement of the tourism flow is growing,” he said.