Yucatán showcased at Tianguis Turístico

By Ivan Arturo Ebergenyi Thorpe

Governor hopes to strengthen state’s tourism sector.

Yucatán governor, Rolando Zapata Bello, who is attending this year’s Tianguis Turístico México (lit. “the Mexico Tourism Marketplace”), expressed his hopes to boost the southeastern state’s tourism sector.

“The expectation is to consolidate tourism as one of [Yucatán’s] main economic strengths,” said Zapata to México News Network at Monday’s inauguration of the Tianguis. “We’re looking to boost promotion [of this sector] by amplifying connectivity.”

In 1850, Yucatán developed a vibrant agroindustry based on the cultivation of henequen and sisal, and the manufacturing of the derived fibers. Being essential for the making of textiles and ropes, especially for ships at the time, it represented a major source of income for the state.

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The industry began to wane as synthetic fibers came into wider use after World War 2, leaving subsequent administrations to seek out other sources of revenue.

Though it houses a strong manufacturing, farming and livestock industry, tourism and commerce have become a substantial source of income. Indeed, a 2012 government study indicated that this sector contributed to 63% of the state’s gross domestic product.

Yucatán’s exuberant ecosystem coupled with its vibrant economy and rich colonial and pre-Columbian heritage position it as one of Mexico’s major destinations for tourists of all types.

“We have a lot to offer as far as tourism goes,” stated the governor. “Sun and beaches, colonial towns, archaeological zones, the rich Maya culture, cuisines, traditions.”

Zapata reported that 26 of his state’s tourism companies would be present at this year’s Tianguis.

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