September 17, 2011

Mexico seeks "2012" tourism

Mexico aims to make end of Maya calendar a starter for tourism

Hollywood depicts the Maya calendar's end as a cataclysmic event. But top Mexican tourism officials are betting an invitation to see Maya ruins will attract hordes of older, wealthier U.S. visitors.

By Hugo Martín
Several of Mexico's top tourism officials have been making the rounds in their northern neighbor, betting that an invitation to see Maya ruins will attract hordes of older, wealthier U.S. visitors keen on Mexican culture.

Whereas the Hollywood blockbuster "2012" depicts the end of the Maya calendar as the spark of a global calamity, the Mexican campaign will include a countdown to the calendar's conclusion and urge tourists to visit archaeological sites in the states of Campeche, Chiapas, Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Tabasco.

"Our interpretation of the Mayan calendar is reverse to what many people speculate," Rodolfo Lopez-Negrete, the chief operating officer for the Mexico Tourism Board, said on a swing through Los Angeles with other top Mexican officials this summer. "Our focus will be on growth and prosperity instead of the end of the world."

The campaign is the latest effort by Mexico to overcome a steady stream of negative publicity over drug-related violence that has killed tens of thousands in that country and made many American tourists hesitant to venture south of the border.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Maya Still Practice Religion and Maya Fed Up with 2012.

Below:  "The Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen Itza, Mexico, was built so that the shadows of a corner of the pyramid would fall on a stairway and create the effect of an illuminated serpent." (Israel Leal/Associated Press)


dmarks said...

Even if it works, it's not sustainable. They need a tourism campaign that will play in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.....

Jaine said...

unless, the prediction is right