Tourist Safety

Keep­ing visi­tors safe is a top pri­or­ity at all lev­els of gov­ern­ment

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Good To Know - BY JOE MAL­DON­ADO

Be­cause tourism is a sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tor to the Mex­i­can econ­omy and con­tin­ues to grow, the in­ter­est of author­i­ties in all lev­els of gov­ern­ment and other rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the tourism sec­tor is ever in­creas­ing.

Given the cur­rent eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion, where the price of Mex­i­can petroleum reached its low­est level in six years, tourism is even more rel­e­vant. Be­cause of this, the Se­nate of the Re­pub­lic ap­proved an agree­ment which asks the Sec­re­tary of Tourism (Sec­tur) and the Sec­re­tary of the Navy (Se­mar) to guar­an­tee tourist safety.

The sen­a­tors, who serve on the Tourism Com­mis­sion, which is headed by the for­mer gover­nor of Quin­tana Roo, Félix González Canto, ap­proved an or­der which re­quires both fed­eral par­ties to con­tinue with the plans and pro­grams, which they are work­ing on to­gether, to guar­an­tee the safety of tourists who visit Mexico.

This agree­ment which led to the or­der pro­posed by Sen­a­tor Ale­jan­dro Fernán­dez Sánchez Navarro, ex­plains that se­cu­rity in tourist des­ti­na­tions is one of the prin­ci­pal el­e­ments that is taken into con­sid­er­a­tion when plan­ning a trip; be­cause of this, it is nec­es­sary that safety is a pil­lar of the tourism in­dus­try. Some places have been af­fected by the neg­a­tive im­age re­lated to crime that is gen­er­ated by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional news.

In ad­di­tion, the North Amer­i­can tourism mar­ket is the prin­ci­pal source of visi­tors to Mexico; Pres­i­dent of the Mex­i­can Re­pub­lic En­rique Peña Ni­eto re­cently named Am­bas­sador Miguel Basáñez Ebergenyi as an ex­em­plary rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Mexico in the United States. Félix González gave Basáñez the job of stay­ing abreast of the alerts is­sued by the United States about Mex­i­can tourism des­ti­na­tions.

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