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Fonatur reports first four Maya Train sections nearing half complete

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Sections one to four of the Maya Train are nearly half complete, reported the Director of Strategic Management of Fonaur. On Friday, Violeta Abreu González, the Director of Strategic Management and Institutional Liaison at Fonatur, said the first four sections are just over 47 percent complete.

Her announcement was made during the First Ordinary Session of the Tourism Consultative Council (CCT) 2022 chaired by the Secretary of Tourism of the Government of Mexico, Miguel Torruco Marqués.

During the meeting, Torruco Marqués said the Maya Train will be a trigger for the economy, employment and well-being of the communities to balance development that ends contrasts between tourist paradises and marginalized belts.

He stressed that the project will benefit the southeast, the most disadvantaged region, by promoting greater productivity, an increase in economic benefits and job creation, as well as the promotion of sustainable development, protection of the environment and land use planning.

Torruco Marqués detailed out that throughout the 1,554 kilometers of track, the train will connect the states of Campeche, Chiapas, Tabasco, Quintana Roo and Yucatán with 20 stations, which along its route will have more than 190 high-impact tourist attractions.

He emphasized that at the end of 2021, Mexico ranked second globally in the arrival of international tourists and ninth in foreign exchange earnings, up from 17th position in global foreign exchange in 2018.

“This macroeconomic data tells us that we are on the right path, fulfilling the mandate of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to make tourism a source of progress, well-being for Mexicans, and a true tool for social reconciliation,” he said adding that by the end of this year, Mexico is anticipating the arrival of 42.3 million international tourists, a figure only 6 percent below 2019.

Abreu González noted that through the Program for the Improvement of Archaeological Zones, work is being done on 26 archaeological zones to receive tourists, which will include 11 Visitor Service Centers.

She also stressed that sections one to four of the project is 47 percent complete and that it will be inaugurated in December 2023.