Monday, July 30, 2012

Mexico, S.Korea sign cooperation agreement on tourism

By: Agencies


Mexico and South Korea on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen cooperation in tourism, Mexico's Tourism Ministry announced.

The bilateral agreement signed by Mexican Tourism Minister Gloria Guevara and Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of South Korea, Kwak Young-Jin, aims to strengthen the sector and increase the flow of visitors, because "this activity is key to economic development in both countries," said the ministry.

According to Guevara, South Koreans are frequent visitors to Mexico. In the first five months of the year, the number of Korean visitors has increased 11.3 percent, compared with the same period last year.

"With the signing of this memorandum, Mexico is pursuing the strategy of market diversification, strengthening the goals outlined in the National Agreement on Tourism," said Guevara.

For his part, Deputy Minister Kwak said that the Maya world, cultural tourism, gastronomy and adventure had attracted the interest of Korean tourists, therefore, "Mexico has become one of the main destinations in the Americas."

He acknowledged Mexico's leadership worldwide in the tourism sector and the strong impetus given to the activity to include the sector in the final declaration at the meeting of leaders of the Group of Twenty (G20).

"Both countries will work to increase tourist flows, mainly involving the medical, culinary, luxury, adventure and nature, and sports tourism, sun and sand and culture," the Tourism Ministry said.

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