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Responsible tourism

Tourism development should always be performed in compliance with the Law and ensuring the conservation of our natural resources
Agua Azul Waterfalls in Chiapas - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
19/12/2017
08:51
Mexico City
Newspaper Leader by EL UNIVERSAL
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The diversity of ecosystems in Mexico has made our country a tourist hub at an international level. Several regions of the territory have developed tourist offers that easily compete with foreign high-level corporations. Furthermore, this industry also makes large contributions to our national productivity given the number of jobs it creates, its impact on communities, the economic apportionment it generates, and the investment opportunities it attracts.

Thus, 2017 ends as the year where tourism drew the largest amount of direct foreign investment (DFI) in our country's history. The reasons behind this are the growth this industry is currently experiencing and the depreciation of the Mexican peso – as it cheapens the costs of traveling to Mexico for overseas visitors. According to experts, this is the largest foreign capital flow Mexico has seen since 1999.

Given the complexities of the domestic and international environment, this is a finding worthy of being analyzed. To make the economy of a country grow, the country needs to be productive yet it also requires enough capital to launch new projects, create more job opportunities, and amass wealth for all. If one of these elements isn't obtained, the economic cycle is incomplete.

Investments – foreign or national – are welcomed and necessary. However, it has been proved on several occasions that an injection of capital doesn't always mean an improvement for the population or the workers involved in said productive projects. An example of this is the high amount of foreign investment tourism has received in the last couple of years, which hasn't translated into better wages or conditions.

Tourism is one of the key industries for Mexican economy; nevertheless, this eagerness to exploit it has led to the abuse of natural reserves which need the protection and care of both, the government and the communities. Tourism development and its resources should always be in compliance with the Law, in addition to preventing the erosion of natural areas.

Just as we need to recognize the good moment tourism in our country is experiencing and its potential, it's also necessary to insist that public policies aimed at this industry include benefits for the entire production chain – in compliance with the Law and environmental regulations. If we ensure these conditions are met, the success of tourism in Mexico will not only be secure but it will also continue to improve.

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