The Itinerant Tianguis Turístico de Mexico

By Fernanda Duque Hernández

Guanajuato, Guadalajara and Queretaro competing to host 2016 edition.

It was 2011 when the government of Mexican President Felipe Calderón declared the Tianguis Turístico de Mexico an itinerant event. Since then, it has been hosted by three different destinations: Puerto Vallarta, Puebla and Riviera Maya.

Mexico’s Minister of Tourism, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, published in the Official Journal of the Federation the tender for the next venue of the Tianguis Turistico de Mexico 2016. The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony of this year’s edition.

Despite delays, the states of Guanajuato, Jalisco and Querétaro have already declared their interest in hosting the most important event in Mexico’s tourism industry.

Mexico Tourism Board acapulco

The government of Mexico City also expressed interest in the tender but ultimately declined due to the proximity of the deadline to subscribe. According to Miguel Torruco, Mexico City’s Minister of Tourism, more time would have been needed to organize the event and appropriately showcase the Latin American megalopolis.

The applicants had 5 days from the tender’s publication to enter their submissions with the Ministry of Tourism. The applications were then to be closely scrutinized by the Ministry of Tourism’s selection committee.

To be eligible, each state would have to meet the following criteria: guarantee an exhibition area of 15,000m2, adequate connectivity and infrastructure for tourism, and an estimate of costs in terms of human resources, finance and technological requirements.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto informed that Acapulco would host the 2017 edition, in accordance with the rule that each other year the event is to be held in this coastal city.

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