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Tianguis 2013- Mexico 
Mexico - the new force of Latin America, enjoys prosperity and a big boost for Tianguis 2013 - Lyssiemay Annoh reports from Puebla - Mexico
Mexico is experiencing a confidence boom. It appears that the handshakes and backslapping at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City on 2 December after the signing of the “pact for Mexico” has paid off. President Enrique Peña Nieto and his new government have definitely put themselves on the road to prosperity.

The pact of 95 pledges for a series of cross-party reform principles designed by Mr. Peña Nieto is one of the main reasons why Mexico has something to smile about. The country has become the latest attraction for foreign investors. Mexico’s economy has expanded by almost 4 per cent, four times Brazil’s rate and still skeptics who think that the wide agenda ranging from social security to education through to competition in radio and television to overhauling Pemex, the state oil monopoly, is ambitious are yet to be proven right because so far the show of unity is still going strong after 100 days.

Tourism a priority
It is fair to say that the economic boom is not the only thing that is putting the smiles on Mexico’s face.

This year’s Tianguis, Mexico’s Annual Tourism Fair, the largest in Latin America, hosted in Mexico’s colonial state of Puebla, Mexico’s largest state capital, turned out to be the best yet. Tianguis 2013 had record attendance from 41 countries and generated a record net business income for participants and exhibitors. This is the first time that the Tianguis has been held in a non-coastal city. Could this be because President Enrique Peña Nieto announced investment to the tune of a hundred billion pesos for the country’s tourism sector? This could be so but no country can achieve tourism without the proud participation of its people.
Miss Mexico 2012

Executive Traveller keenly observed the sense of pride spiralling over the faces and via the words of Tourism Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Puebla State Governor Rafael Moreno Valle and about half a dozen other State Governors as the Minister cut the inaugural ribbon and said “…Puebla has set a new precedent for the Tanguis; this year’s event is the biggest ever, with more attendees than 2102 and more countries represented – 41 in all”.

The impressive line-up was glossed by of a majority of the Governors of the states of Mexico, Ambassadors and diplomats, other dignitaries such as Miss Mexico and the international media; but above all, the people of Puebla rallied in to make Tianguis 2013 a real success.

Mexico’s agenda was to lobby North and Southern America before embracing Europe. Claudia Ruiz Massieu assured Executive Traveller that she had plans for Europe.

Safety and Security
During a breakfast meeting at the Marriott Hotel in Puebla, Sinaloa State Governor Mario Lopez Valdez announced that:“Sinaloa is back , and its back for good” He recognized that Mazatlán home of Mexico’s largest International Carnival, had been through difficult times but the

whole state is back with a vengeance to be relaunched as the US and Canada’s favourite destination.

The State has invested heavily in infrastructure and opportunities. Most importantly, it has clamped down on crime to assure safety. A reputation, that Mexico as a country is fighting to eradicate. Mazatlán now receives direct flights from Denver, Houston, Seattle, Chicago and Atlanta as well as from Winnipeg in Canada

Announcements at Tianguis 2103:
Topping the agenda of announcements was the power of the removal of visa requirements

Brazil and Mexico
The Governments of Brazil and Mexico approved visa exemption for short stays.

This decision is the result of many negotiations between Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and Dilma Rousseff of Brazil. Short stay visa requirement for Brazilians which had been in force since 2005 has now been abolished to allow for an increase in visitors to Mexico from Brazil.
His Excellencies Mr. Moreno Raposo the Ambassador of Brazil to Mexico and Mr. Joao Solano, Consul-General of Brazil to Mexico joined Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Puebla State Governor Rafael Moreno Valle and other key figures to deliver the good news at a packed press conference.

Click on the image to discover Puebla, the 4th largest city of Mexico

Poblano dancers doing a love dance

Mexico and Peru
Traffic between Mexico and Peru increased by at least 40 per cent following the removal of visa requirements with number of flights increasing to 20 weekly and plans to expand routes.

New national airline routes:
• Regional airline “Transportes Aeros Regionales (ART) will begin operation between the international airport of “Hermanos Serdan” on the outskirts of Puebla, and the International airport of “Queretaro” in order to boost business and tourism between the two cities
• Aeromexico began operations from Toluca International Airport (TLC) in the capital state of Mexico to Monterrey, Guadalajara, Cancun and Acapulco
• Low cost carrier Volarisnow flying between Mexico City (MEX)and Merida (MID) as well as connect to Tijuana and Cancun
• Guerrero State to resume flight to Acapulco and Ixtapa to create a “triangle of the sun” destinations ( Acapulco, Taxco and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo)
• Three new hotels, MIM Hotel (90 suites), Quinta Real (90 rooms) and the Descancería (40 rooms)
Hotels
• Starwood Hotels and Resorts to introduce Aloft hotels in Mexico
• Rafael Nadal invests in Apple Leisure Group Corporation which already has thirteen hotel properties in Mexico’s South Eastern State of Quintana Roo

High Speed Train Project
Pre-investment studies commence for a high-speed train project between Mexico City and Querétaro. Mexico’s passenger trains were discontinued in 1990s. The project is expected to cover a distance of 160 miles and travel at speeds of between 120 and 140 miles per hour, linking the two cities in less than two hours.

Puebla attendees
600 firms
42 countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Honduras, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela… and of course the people of Puebla
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Executive Traveller 2003