Growth projections in Mexico have been downgraded and the government is looking for ways to inject new vibrancy into the economy, which has been missing. It’s being done by turning to a trusted and true friend: tourism. CCTV’s Franc Contreras reports from the Mexican capital.
For decades, Mexico has been one of the world’s best places to visit. According to the government, more than 20 million tourists visited the country in 2013. Along with its pristine beaches, Mexico also has formidable archeological sites that draw tourists from every continent, especially from North America. The United States and Canada send the majority of foreign visitors here. Many take in spectacular views from atop a double-decker bus, which brings tourists to the historic parts of the capital.
Mexico’s tourism sector is doing well, despite sporadic drug-related violence in parts of the country. Growth in Mexico still depends heavily on success in the United States. But a sluggish economy there is affecting factory output here. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto says his government will boost tourism by improving infrastructure across Mexico.
It’s all part of a concerted effort to boost the Mexican economy by using new and more proven methods for attracting visitors.