Mexico predicts the tourism industry won’t recover until 2023Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 26, 2020
Despite the reactivation of the economy that the Government is already preparing to kick off on June 1, the Mexican tourism industry, which contributes 8.7% of GDP, will not fully recover until 2023, predicted Miguel Torruco, head of the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur).
Ministry of Tourism Miguel Torruco
In 2019, Mexico was one of the 10 most visited countries in the world, receiving more than 45 million international tourists with an economic spill of $24.5 billion USD, an annual growth of 9%, the secretary explained.
However, in the face of the international crisis caused by coronavirus, the arrival of foreign visitors fell 34.4% annually in the first quarter of 2020 and the economic spill decreased 45.6%, he explained, with figures “even more delicate” for the second quarter.
For this reason, Torruco presented this week the “National Guideline for the Reopening of the Tourism Sector”, which establishes the measures of personal hygiene, the environment, and healthy distancing for the “new normal” that will start nationwide on June 1.
“We have already managed to standardize the protocol, which is most important due to the problems we are experiencing, of guidelines for the gradual opening of tourist centers ,” he explained.
Although the federal official avoided forecasts, the Association of Secretaries of Tourism of Mexico (Asetur) has estimated that tourism GDP will fall 10% this year, with losses of more than $10 billion USD.
The Government will initiate the “Let’s Travel through Mexico” crusade, which will invite tourists to visit Mexico destinations and consume handicrafts, which represent 18.8% of cultural GDP.
“All the countries that are suffering from this coronavirus pandemic today are, of course, marching on the same path, that is, exhorting the population that, as soon as the prohibitions or sanitary issues are lifted, the first thing they should do, before going to another country, is to travel through their homeland,” he argued.
Another measure is the rectification of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who had proposed eliminating long weekend holidays so that children learn about historical dates instead of taking time off.
In the three main long weekends, Torruco described, lodging rises up to 8%, there are 5 million more tourists, of which 2 million are staying in hotels, and there is a spill of $38.4 billion pesos.
“You have to promote domestic tourism to have a relief and then start to open more borders as health problems are overcome,” said the head of Sectur. ■