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Seatrade : Mexico charts 13 cruise-related projects


Significant cruise-related developments are under way at 13 ports across Mexico. Investments range from Puerto Costa Maya’s reconstruction to a new pier in Mazatlán, plus the development of themed routes on the Pacific and Gulf coasts.

Some 6.8m passengers passed through the country’s ports in 2007, a 4.6% increase even though Hurricane Dean in August knocked the No. 2 port, Costa Maya, off the map, noted Carolina Cardenas, under-secretary for tourism.

Cardenas addressed reporters on Wednesday at Seatrade Miami, where 24 ports and 187 representatives are participating in the Mexico Pavilion. ‘The cruise industry is really very important for tourism in Mexico at the federal and local levels,’ she said, adding that the business generates 11,000 jobs and $188m in revenue.

Mexico is working to develop the Gulf of Cortez route and a new Gulf of Mexico route, according to Cesar Patricio Reyes Roel, general coordinator of ports and the merchant marine.

Costa Maya, which sustained heavy damage by Hurricane Dean, is ahead of its rebuilding schedule and preparing to reopen in July, said Cesar Lizarraga, marketing director, who also noted that $15m is going into revitalizing and improving the neighboring town of Majahual.