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Head of UNWTO says Maya Train will double, triple regional tourism

Cancun, Q.R. — The Maya Train will double or triple the arrival of tourists to the region, said the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili. His comment was made during a recent visit where he highlighted the emblematic project of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The representative of the UNWTO arrived to visit Mayan culture sites around the region, which included a trip to Yucatan where Pololikashvili visited Maní, Izamal and Valladolid, as well as the archaeological sites of Uxmal and Chichén Itzá.

“Investing to facilitate the arrival of tourism to the southeast of Mexico will double or triple the flow of national and foreign visitors in the short term,” Pololikashvili said highlighting the importance of the project.

“It is a great project because it will connect the most important tourist destinations in the Yucatan Peninsula, it will be very successful,” he added.

The UNWTO Secretary General said that the Maya Train “will be a success from anywhere in the world that it is promoted. It is not easy to connect three key points in the southeast of Mexico,” he said adding that “ I believe that the government has taken a great step with this viable project.”

The visit from Pololikashvili was the result of meeting during the recent International Tourism Fair (Fitur) in Madrid, Spain. After his Yucatan visit, the head of UNWTO met with President López Obrador, whom he thanked for facilitating tourism by keeping borders open during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In 2020, Mexico became the third most visited country in the world which is being attributed to flexible sanitary measures in its tourist areas as well as being one of the few countries in the world that did not restrict its borders.