By 2024, the Magical Towns of Coahuilaand those in the rest of the country, will not receive resources to improve infrastructure, services and tourism promotion, although they generate a significant amount of employment and foreign currency, reported the Senator Verónica Martínez García (PRI).
He National Statistical Information System of the Tourism Sector of Mexico reports that, between 2003 and 2018, in the Magical Towns program there was an increase of 110.3% in economic units related to tourism, going from 29,269 establishments to 61,532. In the same period, employed personnel increased by 142.7 % and in 2018, an average annual staff remuneration of 108,310 pesos was generated.
“This program was granted an economic incentive by the Federal government and from the state government for infrastructure and maintenance, as long as they maintained the requirements they met to receive the appointment.”
At first, there were only 4 municipalities with that name, now there are 177, among these Arteaga, Candela, Cuatro Ciénegas, Guerrero, Múzquiz, Parras de la Fuente, Viesca and General Cepeda. In 2018, the Magic Towns of the country had 585.9 million pesos and the current federal administration withdrew budget support and also eliminated the ProMéxico trustwhich promoted the conduction, coordination and execution of strategic actions to attract investment.
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The Federal Government defends its decision under the slogan of austerity, creating in its place the National Strategy for Magical Towns in 2020, in order to promote well-being and sustainable tourism in localities that have the designation, but the resource is missing.
“However, these actions created uncertainty in tourism development, since without support and in the face of the financial crisis left by the pandemic, which generated a delay in the economic recovery in the country, the states with Magical Towns, such as Coahuila, have suffered. deterioration and abandonment due to lack of resources from the Federal Government.”
“They have not received support since the cancellation of the program. Although some state governments have made efforts, more resources are needed for infrastructure, maintenance, to create attractions that generate investment and jobs.”
The senator stated that the Chamber of Deputiesthrough the Budget and Public Account Commissionmodify the Expenditure Budget 2024 of the Federation to reincorporate the Magical Towns program with the allocation of resources that strengthen tourism activity.