The T20 activities begin in Yucatan
Mexico City, May 15, 2012
• The Tourism Ministers of the twenty most developed economies in the world will meet in Merida, Yucatan, on May 15 and 16
• Actions to strengthen the international tourism industry will be promoted
• A working session will be held at Chichen Itza
The Mexican Ministry of Tourism reported that the 4th Ministerial Meeting of Tourism (T20), an international event that will promote tourism, began today in Merida, Yucatan.
The meeting, to be held on May 15 and 16, is an international forum where the Tourism Ministers of the twenty most developed economies in the world will discuss the topic: “Tourism, an alternative for job creation.”
This meeting is being held in advance of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, on June 18 and 19. The objective of the T20 Ministerial Meeting is to define proposals that support the flow of tourists and job creation through the promotion of international tourism.
The Minister of Tourism, Gloria Guevara Manzo, stated that Mexico is proud to host the T20 Meeting and that it is an opportunity to strengthen the tourism sector, which is an important driving force of the world economy.
Minister Guevara emphasized that this meeting will boost the country’s image and international presence; it is an opportunity to show the world Mexico’s natural and cultural riches, such as the Mayan world and Mexican gastronomy, which was declared a World Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
The following countries will attend the T20 Ministerial Meeting: Germany, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the Republic of Korea, the United States, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and the European Union.
In addition, Denmark, Spain, Chile, Colombia, Cambodia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica and Peru will attend the meeting as invited guest countries. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will also participate.
As part of their activities in Yucatan, the Ministers will conduct a working tour of the Chichen Itza archaeological site, where the official T20 picture will be taken.