Rail tourism could be a boon for Mexico economy

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MEXICO CITY — Tourist trains are becoming more popular in Mexico and could be a boost for local tourism, the travel website TravelPulse.com reports, citing Mexico newspaper El Financiero.

Mexico’s four most prominent rail tourist destinations have seen their passenger counts double in the past five years, including a total impact of 76,000 riders in 2016. For the first half of 2017, that number had reached 47,000 passengers according to information from the General Directorate of Rail and Multimodal Transport of Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation.

A Ferromex executive, who oversees the operations of the railroad’s freight and tourist trains, envisions rail tourism as an avenue to economic development.

“The railway, as well as tourism, is a pillar of national economic development. The combination of both in tourist trains is a successful formula that sets off economic growth and positions a region as a must-see place,” Alberto Vergara, managing director of Ferromex tells the El Financiero.

Mexico leaders are looking at more ways to expand rail tourism, as well.

Tourism dignitaries launched a public forum earlier this summer aimed at creating a tourism policy with rail tourism as a primary component.

Tourism leaders are also looking at the potential of a tourist train attraction between San Luis Potosi and Real de Catorce, as well as a similar operation in Hudalgo and the Yucatan Peninsula that would link Merida to Cancun.

TravelPulse, a world travel source, reports that Mexico hosted 35 million international visitors in 2016 and became the eighth most visited destination in the world, citing information from the World Tourism Organization.

See the original article online.

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