Flow Of English Tourists To Mexico To Increase

                Flow Of English Tourists To Mexico To Increase

  PR Newswire

  MEXICO CITY, Nov. 9, 2012

MEXICO CITY, Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Mexico Secretary of Tourism Gloria
Guevara Manzo recently met in London with executives from leading travel
companies and airlines in the UK, who indicated that their frequency of travel
to Mexico is set to increase.

Virgin Atlantic confirmed that from April 2013, the airline will increase by
50 percent the number of seats on its London-Cancun route, considered one of
the most successful for the British company. Virgin Atlantic is also
evaluating the opening of new flights to other Mexican tourist destinations.

Johan Lundgre, Deputy Chief Executive of TUI Travel, the world's leading
travel group which operates in 180 countries with more than 30 million
clients, confirmed that the first Dreamliner 787 will reach Cancun next year,
increasing the presence of this tour operator in Mexico.

In addition, important agreements were established towards generating a route
to the Pacific with the same group, which will allow an increase in the number
of visitors from the United Kingdom to Mexico.

Secretary Guevara also met in London with executives from the International
Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), who shared the results of the global luxury
tourism congress which was celebrated from October 1 to 3 in Riviera Maya.

Alison Gilmore, Director of the ILTM, said that the event was attended by over
300 buyers and exhibitors, who expressed a high degree of satisfaction with
the destination, and confirmed that this influential forum will be held again
in Mexico.

She said that the forum in Riviera Maya has been the most successful to date
and it is anticipated that the next edition will double the number of

In London, the Secretary also participated in a panel organized by Visit
Britain, the tourism office of the United Kingdom. In this forum, Christopher
Rodriguez, head of Visit Britain, spoke of Mexico as a unique tourist
destination, offering a variety of tourism sectors from culture, nature, and
gastronomy to luxury and sun and sand.

The meeting also included the participation of Cathy Matos, Managing Director
of Mexican Tours; Mark Stacey, Director of Cox & Kings Travel; Tony Plumm, of
Special Holliday; Yves Hallaux Dutilli, of the Mexican Chamber of Commerce; as
well as executives from Veloso Tour LTD, Solliman Travel, LATA and Steamond

Accompanied by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Tourism, Felix Gonzalez
Canto; the Senator of Nayarit, Martha Elena Garcia, a member of the Tourism
Commision; and Chief Operating Officer of the Mexico Tourism Board, Rodolfo
Lopez-Negrete, Secretary Guevara also held meetings with Paul Potrykus of
Rosewood Hotels, April Hutchinson of TTG Luxury, and Diarmuid Buckley of
Langham Hotels, highlighting the major investment opportunities Mexico offers
within the tourism sector.

She said that tourism is on the rise in Mexico, noting that in 2011 the
country reached a record figure of 191.5 million domestic and international
visitors; according to projections, this year will close with more than 200
million visitors.

Secretary Guevara also participated in the Ministers' Summit of the World
Tourism Organization (WTO), held during World Travel Market 2012; in this
forum, she spoke in favor of promoting the facilitation of migration
procedures towards increasing the number of tourists worldwide.

The Secretary of Tourism said that the current Mexican administration has
advanced such actions as accepting a U.S. visa for the entry of international
visitors to Mexico, as used by more than a million tourists since May 2010.

She noted that the streamlining of visas for citizens of Brazil, Russia, and
China, who can now obtain the document in 24 hours; Mexico has also launched
the Global Entry Program for trusted travelers between the U.S. and Mexico.

During the ministerial forum, Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the World
Tourism Organization, highlighted the work of the administration of President
Felipe Calderon Hinojosa in promotion of tourism.

He said that he was the first leader to sign the Golden Book, a distinction
that was awarded to Mexico for inserting into the national agenda concrete
actions in favor of tourism.

The Ministers' Summit of the World Tourism Organization addressed the theme of
"Open Borders and Open Skies: Breaking Down Barrier to Travel," and was
attended by the Secretaries of Tourism of Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Indonesia, the
Philippines, South Africa and the UK.

Also attending were business leaders from Etihad, Travel Port, Tui Travel PLC
and Ethiopian Airlines, as well as representatives of international
organizations such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and
the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

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