Mexico welcome Chinese Tourist .
The country wants to capitalize on the recent visit of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping to try and attract Chinese tourists to visit their country.
Xi, who visited the famous Chichen Itza in Mexico, seems to be a photo opportunity to generate a massive influx of tourists from China, the biggest spender in the world tourism. But officials and industry insiders said it is still a long way before Chinese tourists start to flock to Mexico.
"What you have to do is to make the process faster. This is what the countries that have succeeded in attracting Chinese tourists did. Mexico has not yet."
Jorge Guajardo former Mexican ambassador to China Tourism is one of the most important industries in Mexico, last year drawing 23 million foreign tourists spent about $ 12.7 billion.
However, travel insiders and government officials said Mexico is not going to exploit rapid rise of China as a source of tourists. The World Tourism Organization says China is the largest supplier of tourists worldwide, its travelers spend a total of $ 102 billion in 2012. Other countries have expanded their consular offices and flights to welcome Chinese visitors, but not Mexico. Just under 50,000 Chinese visited Mexico last year.
Ten times more U.S. citizens visit Mexico each month. Jorge Guajardo, who left his post as ambassador of Mexico to China on Sunday, said Mexico does not have the facilities or personnel in China to make the increasing number of visas to boost tourism. "What you have to do is to make the process faster. This is what the countries that have succeeded in attracting Chinese tourists did. Mexico has not yet," he said. Xi and the Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto visited archaeological site in the Yucatan and talked about the expansion of their trade relations. The Chinese leader said he hopes that some 400 million Chinese tourists will travel abroad during the next five years will be the ancient ruins of Mexico and the resort towns attractive.
Mexico want to increase Chinese Visitors in China !
Three days stay Xi Mexico was used to pump an increase in the number of Chinese visitors. Tuesday, Mexico boasted a 35 percent increase in the number of Chinese tourists in the first four months of the year. On Thursday, the Department of Tourism has said he wants to increase flights from China and put up signs more Mandarin in key areas, in the hope of China's one source of Asian travelers to Mexico No.
potentially up to 400 million people
Guajardo said Mexican consular office in Beijing is potentially up to 400 million people, but it has only two visa. "If we want to capitalize on this opportunity, we must expand our consular sections," he said. He also said more flights are needed to link the two countries. At present, Chinese travelers can fly from Shanghai to Mexico City on Thursdays and Sundays. Jorge Hernandez, president of the association of travel agents and travel to Mexico, said there is an urgent need for the Mexican tourist guides who speak Mandarin and Chinese signs in airports, hotels and restaurants. "They are very devoted to their traditions, their language," he said. "He who does not work to make the tourists feel welcome will not reap the benefits."