Mexican Tourism Projects to Receive US$ 2.5 Billion InvestmentBy Lorenzo Núñez | Thu, 04/29/2021 - 17:44
A battle over water continues in Yucatán and the predicted social impact of the Interoceanic Corridor, plus Mexican tourism projects to receive US$2.5 billion investment from WTTC.
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Battle Over Water, Waste Management Rages in Yucatan
Indigenous communities in Yucatan have successfully halted the operation of a large industrial pig farm in the Mayan jungle, arguing that the farm’s water use and waste disposal infrastructure would inflict irreparable ecological damage on the region’s environmental resources, reports el País.
The Interoceanic Corridor’s Projected Impact on Society
The interoceanic corridor aims to restore approximately 300 km of railways to ensure the swift mobilization of goods from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, as reported by MBN. Still, its objectives are much broader in scope. This project aims to bring significant economic growth to the region and special economic zone as a whole through infrastructure and service developments integrated into the corridor’s network. These include the rehabilitation and expansion of existing ports and the installation of industrial parks, special manufacturing hubs and other infrastructure from global corporations. The area will also benefit from the corridor’s interconnectedness with other public sector megaprojects, such as the Mayan Train. This project also seeks to maintain existing energy infrastructure, as stated by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, in the shape of the Minatitlán and Salina Cruz refineries. It will also build new infrastructure that will ensure transportation of oil and gas as needed.
WTTC Announces US$2.5 billion for Mexican Tourism Projects
Christopher Nassetta, Chairman of the Board of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), informed that the organization will invest nearly US$2.5 billion in Mexican tourism projects over the next few years, this sum plans to generate over 100,000 new jobs. During the WTTC summit Nassetta said "Our sector needs to be a leader in advocating for open borders, we can have open borders, we just need to be smart, with widely spread health and testing systems." In regards to the US$2.5-billion-dollar investment, a historic tourism investment for the next three years, close to 65 percent will be allocated to Quintana Roo and the rest to Baja California Sur, Jalisco and Yucatan. Nassetta did not offer further details, nevertheless it was reported that the hotel sector will be one to benefit the most from this investment, according to El Economista.
SEDATU Presents Guide of 4S Mobility for Mexico
Representatives from SEDATU and the Ministry of Health presented the third volume of the 4S Mobility Guide for Mexico: Healthy, Safe, Sustainable and Supportive.
The third volume of the 4S Mobility Plan entitled: "Guide for the Activation of Recreational Roadways during Health Emergencies" provides local governments with recommendations and guidelines to encourage the expansion, opening and strengthening of recreational roadways. It consists of seven sections that present the benefits of physical activity, health and public space, recreational roads and their planning process, as well as the protocols, norms and recommendations within the framework of the health emergency, according to Inmobiliare.