Today, Mexico shares a history with Canada that goes more than 70 years back; after the Ottawa summit on June 29th it has deepened that relationship with an ever growing trade and investment agreements. So as of now, Canada has committed itself to enhance and expand relations with Mexico, as part of the North American partnership agenda.
These new strengthened partnership allows both countries to share between them information and methodologies for research regarding tourism and potential markets. What this means is that – according to the Mexican Secretary of Tourism Enrique de la Madrid- Mexico will allow Canada to access information about the flow of travelers coming in and out of the country, travel agencies, hotels, airlines, etc. and conversely, Canada will share that information with us too.
Also, the Ministry of Tourism (SECTUR) will facilitate tourist entry for Canada with a system of kiosks strategically placed on Mexico’s most important airports which are in Mexico City, Cancún and Los Cabos, the preferred destinations for Canadians. How will this work? By reducing waiting lines and putting to better use the facilities to ensure quality service, therefore appealing to more and more Canadians willing to invest in the destination.
Canada represents a very important segment for tourism, with nearly 2 million visitors every year; they enjoy the destination whether it’s vacations or a business trip. Plus, a fairly big number of Canadians have purchased properties in Mexico and spend extended periods of time there, meaning that for them, Mexico is also a great option for retirement plans. On the other hand Canada has recently seen an increase in visitors from Mexico too. According to the Canadian Tourism Commission, more than 200,000 Mexicans vacationed in Canada during 2015.
Mexico and Canada are going full steam ahead, numbers are good, and both leaders agree on the necessity to provide travelers a platform that eases everybody in to each other’s countries. So far, Mexico has never been to closer to Canada as of now, who knows? We might even start eating poutine sometime in the future!