Setting his legacy on the recovery of the Mexican economy, President Felipe Calderón’s new goal is to make Mexico one of the top five tourist destinations in the world by 2018. The tourist destination is highly profitable for the Latin country and is an industry that is worth 40 billion pesos a year and employs both directly and indirectly about 16 million people a year. Today, Calderón signed the Acuerdo Nacional del Turismo which provided the agenda for the various states to set the foundation Calderón’s goal in 2011.
The president declared 2011 as the Year of Tourism. Calderón wishes to diversify the Mexican tourist destinations by encouraging local governments and private investors to investigate ways to create new spots for tourism in addition to Mexico’s favorite beaches and archaeological sites. Calderón also wishes to create easier ways to provide access to visa services so that visiting Mexico is more accessible and secure.