PRESS RELEASE – The OECS Commission has collaborated with representatives from the Government of Mexico to develop a Sustainable Strategic Tourism Master Plan for OECS member states.
The Ambassador of Mexico to the OECS, His Excellency Luis M. Lopez Moreno; the Third Secretary in charge of Cooperation of the Embassy of Mexico; OECS Tourism Specialist, Dr. Lorraine Nicholas; OECS tourism permanent secretaries, and directors of tourism met virtually to gain insight from Mexican experts on the concept and methodology for developing the Strategic Tourism Plan in the OECS.
Dr. Lorraine Nicholas said that Mexico’s tourism industry has performed remarkably in the past few years with Mexico welcoming a record of number of 32 million tourists in 2015, an increase of ten percent over 2014 figures.
“Revenue from the sector also grew by eight percent which accounted for a surplus of seven billion dollars and the Ministry of Tourism in Mexico strongly attributes this impressive performance in the tourism sector to effective planning.
“Tourism master plans were developed by tourism professionals in Mexico for each of the main tourist destinations (cities) in Mexico and the development of the sector has been guided by these plans,” she continued.
“The Government of Mexico is now keenly interested in replicating the concept of one of Mexico’s major tourism product “los Pueblos Mágicos” in the OECS.”
Los Pueblos Mágicos was developed by the Ministry of Tourism to highlight the key tourism assets in select towns, particularly those towns that have preserved their cultural and historical resources.
As part of the Mexico/OECS cooperation agreement, the Mexican Government has agreed to provide technical support to the OECS member states to develop their respective Sustainable Strategic Tourism Master Plans.