Mexico City, Mexico — Mexico City’s Central de Abasto has been recognized as a tourist destination of excellence after being awarded during the international tourism fair in Spain.
The massive public market, which covers approximately 328 hectares, was given the Excelencias Turísticas Award for Mexico and Latin America as a new tourist destination.
The head of government, Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa, said that Central de Abasto (Ceda) won the award after being selected by a jury composed of nine judges from different countries that specialize in public markets as well as in art and gastronomy.
The general manager of Ceda, Sergio Palacios Trejo, said that this for the past year they have worked through a strategy to show the market’s traditional appeal while adding new elements such as the installation of murals and an increase in guided tours.
He added that the number of tourists has increased over the past year, making it a new destination as the largest market of its kind in the world.
The proximity to the International Airport of Mexico City, as well as its road connectivity, make it an attraction for tourists, and with the increase of visitors from different segments, market organizers plan to install a line of tourist buses that will attract national and international visitors.
On a cultural level the market has Central de Muros where 30 international artists painted the Ceda façade, taking up the graphic vocation of the beginning of the last century.
The market, which is located in the eastern borough of Iztapalapa and attracts more than 500,000 people a day, is the most important commercial establishment in Mexico and the largest of its kind in the world. The market handles over 30,000 tons of merchandise daily, representing 80 percent of the consumption of the Mexico City metropolitan area.