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Mexico needs more infrastructure to depend less on US tourism, says Association of Hotels

Cancun, Q.R. — Mexico needs more infrastructure to attract tourists from Europe to depend less on the United States, said Rafael García González, president of the Mexican Association of Hotels and Motels (AMHM).

The statement was made during the International Tourism Fair (Fitur) in Madrid, Spain where he added that greater air connectivity as well as roads and trains are needed to attract more European tourists.

He explained that there are saturated airports such as Mexico City, a problem that is being solved with the construction of new terminals, but it’s the lack of internal connectivity that prevents tourists from taking advantage of different destinations such as Cancun.

“We need airlines that go from Cancun to Chiapas, from Cancun to Veracruz and from Cancun to Guanajuato. Very little has been invested in roads and we have infrastructure that dates from the time of Porfirio Diaz in trains,” he said.

From his perspective, Mexico needs to depend less on US tourism and Fitur represents an important opportunity to attract more visitors from Europe.

García González is confident that the number of European tourists will increase by 10 percent this year.

He also commented on the importance of attracting travelers from Eastern Europe, Russia and Poland, but the only way to achieve this is through greater air connectivity.

He says the Secretary of Tourism, Enrique de la Madrid, has done a good job despite having the lowest budget in history. “I would like the next federal government not to assign the worst budget to tourism and to have more transparency in mixed funds,” he noted.

In the framework of Fitur, Enrique de la Madrid said that Mexico has a very good chance of being the seventh most visited country in the world.

The general director of the National Fund for Tourism Promotion (Fonatur), Miguel Alonso Reyes, said he is focusing on convincing Spanish companies to invest in emerging destinations such as Huatulco, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and Loreto, due to the lack of infrastructure.

“In order to boost tourism activity in these destinations, we will offer government territorial reserves to hotel chains such as Riu, Barceló and NH,” he said during the International Tourism Fair.