The Ministry of Tourism and several government institutions have implemented a national safety plan to assist tourists with road assistance. The Ministry expects an increase of 20 million travelers in the country during the summer months, representing a 178 percent recovery, in contrast to the seven million tourists that traveled during the same period last year.
From July 1st to August 29th, a series of actions will be carried out to guarantee travelers' safety and provide them with orientation, road assistance, and attention in case of emergencies. The plan will be carried out on highways, airports, bus stations, border points and several tourist destinations.
The road safety network known as Green Angels, in coordination with the Ministry of Tourism, will implement 227 tourist assistance and aid units, and 42 crane units in 195 highway routes throughout Mexico, covering 36,730 kilometers of the National Road Network. In addition, the Ministry of Tourism is making available the 078-speed dial number for emergency calls and free tourist information.
Minister of Tourism Miguel Torruco Marqués said that after a complex 2020, tourism activity in Mexico is starting to reactivate and road trips are an excellent alternative to visit the country's destinations. He assures that tourists can rely on the "Green Angels," who are in charge of the safety of thousands of kilometers that are part of the National Road Network.
The Ministry of Tourism indicated that among the beach destinations expected to have greater tourist flows are Cancun, with 1.5 million tourists; Acapulco, 1.03 million and Mazatlan, with 710,000. As previously reported by MBN, the country has been awarded first place in Latin America under the Blue Flag certification. The program rewards and recognizes beaches and marinas that achieve outstanding environmental management. The Ministry of Tourism emphasized that the trend of growing demand for beaches free of pollutants and beaches operating under ecological schemes will continue to grow. Undoubtedly, these are encouraging figures that show that tourism activities are on the road to recovery. "There will be a sustained growth between the public and private sector, and we will resume the levels recorded in 2019," Torruco Marqués said.
Among the participating institutions collaborating in the national safety plan are the Ministry of Tourism and its Tourist Services Corporation, Angeles Verdes; the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER), through the National Service of Health, Food Safety and Quality (SENASICA); the Ministry of Health; the Ministry of Public Administration; the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH); the Mexican Red Cross; Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA); the Federal Consumer Protection Agency (PROFECO); and the Department for Roads and Bridges (CAPUFE).