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Tourism: a Source of Employment and Economic Prosperity

One of every 12 jobs created in the world today come from tourism, which demonstrates the potential of this industry to achieve stability, prosperity and economic development in villages.

Prensa Latina · 04/03/2011

In a speech, during the presentation of the Mexican strategy for the sector, Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization, highlighted the potential of Mexico as a destination and recognized the performance of the authorities "to recover and get out of economic difficulties."

In this regard, President Felipe Calderón said Mexico has the necessary resources: tradition, history, culture and extraordinary natural beauty, human warmth and infrastructure to position itself among the top five tourist destinations in the world.

It took place the signing of the National Agenda for Tourism, unprecedented in the country, in order to promote this industry with the help and effort of all the stakeholders: employers, private sector and state and government entities.

He stressed that last year the country received about 22.6 million foreign currency, which reflects an improvement over 2009 when the sector was faced with the effects of financial crisis and the influenza H1N1.

He noted that tourism is now the third largest source of foreign exchange in the nation, because it reports earnings of nine percent to the GDP, while in 2010 generated 7.5 million jobs and the industry grew by seven percent.