CCS 368/15

San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, November 3, 2015.

• Between January and August of 2015, Mexico received 21.2 million international tourists; 8.4 percent more than last year and 34.5 percent more than during the same period in 2012, he announced.

• During the first eight months of the year, tourism revenue totaled nearly $12 billion USD; 8 percent more than in 2014, and 38.5 percent more than during the same period in 2012, he said.

• The government is a democratic government. This is the vocation it confirms every day, by forming a team and a common front with the various governments, regardless of the party to which they are affiliated, he said.

• The president inaugurated the first stage of the Koral Center Complex

President Enrique Peña Nieto said today that Mexico is living up to the confidence placed in it to receive growing investments in various areas, including medical tourism. “More than a million tourists come to our country for medical services,” he declared.

He said that there are 19 clusters where medical services are provided in Mexico, which are part of our country’s tourist attraction.

He explained that medical tourism, “May go unnoticed by many, but is one of the reasons why tourists come to our country.” He noted that it is estimated that 30 million tourists visit Mexico each year, a record figure that makes us the tenth most visited destination in the world.

As he inaugurated the first stage of the Koral Center Complex, which provides comprehensive services for those wishing to relax, do business, shop or care for their health, the president said that, “Tourism continues to be consolidated as one of the engines of development of our economy.”

He mentioned two facts that prove this:

“We became the tenth most popular tourist destination. After being ranked 15th in recent years, in 2014 we became the tenth most popular destination, joining the ten countries that receive most tourists.”

He announced that in 2015, tourism has increased and, “Between January and August, we received 21.2 million international tourists, 8.4 percent more than last year, and to put this in perspective, it means 34.5 percent more than the number of tourists we received in the same period in 2012.”

He also said that the revenue generated by tourism during the same period, “Totals approximately 12 billion dollars, also 8 percent more than the amount received in 2014, and 38.5 percent more than that received in 2012.”

President Peña Nieto hailed the fact that Baja California Sur, a year after Hurricane Odile, “Is enthusiastically engaging in this process of total reconstruction, expansion and modernization.”

He assured Governor Carlos Mendoza Davis, “Of the government’s total willingness to work together for the benefit of Baja California Sur.”

This is the vocation it confirms every day, by forming a team and a common front with the various governments, regardless of the party to which they are affiliated, he said.”

“We fully understand that when we assume the responsibility of governing, we do it for everyone and beyond party differences, today our only responsibility to serve everyone,” he said.

THIS YEAR WE WILL EXCEED THE $17 BILLION USD IN EARNINGS FROM TOURISM, ONE OF THE MAIN ENGINES OF THE COUNTRY’S ECONOMY: ENRIQUE DE LA MADRID

Secretary of Tourism, Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, said: “Tourism is one of the main drivers of our economy. This year we will undoubtedly reach 30 million visitors from abroad and exceed $17 billion USD in earnings.”

He explained that eight million Mexicans work directly or indirectly with this sector, which accounts for nine percent of GDP. He added that 60 percent of those working in the industry are women, and that 20 percent are young people between the ages of 15 and 35 years, which is why, from the start of his administration, President Peña Nieto issued instructions, “To make tourism a national priority, and above all, to create investment and employment.”

He said that one of the strategies for increasing tourism revenue is to diversify the range of products and in this respect, the growth of health tourism, which comprises medical tourism and wellness tourism, has successfully complemented the traditional range of sun and beach resorts available.

He said Koral Center is a top-level development with a comprehensive range of medical services, accommodation, offices, shops and restaurants, “Whose investors have placed their trust in our country and found in its government an ally, which funded nearly half the cost of the project through a Development Bank, the National Bank of Foreign Trade.”

De la Madrid Cordero said that the government and the State of Baja California have invested nearly 900 million pesos to improve the state’s infrastructure during the first three years of the Federal Government, and said that tourism is being consolidated as an engine of the economy’s growth.

IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE GOVERNMENT, BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR HAS THE DESIRE TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE: CARLOS MENDOZA DAVIS

Fifty days after assuming the governorship of Baja California Sur, Carlos Mendoza Davis declared that in coordination with the government, this state, “Is striving to achieve much more,” and with the support of the municipalities and society, “We wish to build a better future.”

He thanked President Enrique Peña Nieto for his solidarity, generosity and attention to this land, which last year was hit by a natural disaster. “We have not forgotten, Mr. President, the constant, immediate presence of yourself and the Federal Government you lead just over a year when we were forced to cope with the ravages of Hurricane Odile. We have not forgotten that you were here with us at those difficult times.”

Mendoza Davis said that the opening of the Koral Center tourist complex is particularly importance, because, “It shows that investors continued to have confidence, and that they find legal certainty, transparency, a competitive environment, and labor and social stability here to undertake world-class projects in a place that just a few months ago, faced an unprecedented tragedy in the history of our state.”

STRUCTURAL CHANGES THAT GIVE DIRECTION TO THE COUNTRY AND STRENGTH TO A MEXICO THAT IS ADVANCING: JON MIKEL KUTZ

Jon Mikel Girault Kutz, managing partner of Koral, thanked President Enrique Peña Nieto for leading the inauguration and also welcomed, “The structural changes that give direction to the country and strength to a Mexico that is advancing.”

He also recalled that the President led the work of restoring Los Cabos in the wake of Hurricane Odile. “We thank you and acknowledge your leadership and enthusiasm. Thanks to you, Los Cabos is back on its feet and stronger than ever,” he said.

He said that, “There is now an atmosphere of optimism and certainty in the town,” and declared: “Los Cabos is moving forward.”

He said that, “Today, our concept of medical tourism is an example to follow,” adding that, “it is important to ensure that Mexico will become the world’s best health tourism destination.”

He explained that the project consists of offices, specialty towers, hemodialysis and a rehabilitation clinic. “This is the result of the needs of the Cabos community and the whole state. Health with the best technology.”

He added that the center has a gym, spa and market, where Koral members have joined the policy of promoting national cuisine, which supports and links the residents of Los Cabos and visitors to Mexican food.

“The market will encourage interaction between local and national chefs and the nearly two million annual visitors to this destination, as well as the twenty thousand foreign residents living in California,” he said.