Mexico President Felipe Calderón Supports the Reactivation of Tourism in Tabasco

By MP Staff

* Up to 100 million dollars are being invested in the reestablishment of public tourism in the state.

* The Secretary of Tourism is negotiating loans to reconstruct the funds of the small and medium tourism companies.

* President Calderon announced that as soon as the conditions are determined, there will be 600 million dollars invested in public relations and promotion campaigns to assist the image of the state.

Mexico City, Mexico. – November 22nd, 2007 — Mexico President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa announced a series of actions for the reactivation of the tourism sector in the state of Tabasco. Accompanied by Secretary of Tourism, Rodolfo Elizondo Torres, President Calderon announced that there will be an investment of up to 100 million dollars in the reestablishment of the entire tourism infrastructure affected by the floods in Tabasco.

With the help of the Secretary of Economy, SECTUR will be receiving a series of loans for the small and medium tourism corporations with the plans to reconstruct the capital of these businesses.

It’s important to emphasize that this loan will help small companies with up to 10 thousand dollars. During the first three months, the loan is interest free, after that the interest will be 5% for 2 years.

Elizondo announced that travel agencies will be one of the segments that will be receiving investments, which will allow them further time to pay off their debts with the International Association of Air Transportation (IATA), due to the declined operation of their services.

President Calderon also stated that as soon as the conditions in the zone get better, a 600 thousand dollar investment should be on its way. The investment will be for a public relations and promotion campaign that will serve to give back to Tabasco’s image as a tourist destination.

The Secretary of Tourism also said that workers and machines will soon arrive from the Fondo Nacional de Fomento al Turismo (Fonatur) that will collaborate with the reestablishment of the tourism infrastructure for the region, specifically the archeological and attractive tourism sites.

“We will be in direct contact with the tourist sector of the state, particularly with the hotels and services of Villahermosa,” said Elizondo.

About the Mexico Tourism Board

The Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) brings together the resources of federal and state governments, municipalities and private companies to promote Mexico’s tourism attractions and destinations internationally. Created in 1999, the MTB is Mexico’s tourism promotion agency, and its participants include members of both the private and public sectors. The MTB has offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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