Mexico's New Government to Eliminate Tourism Council

Mexico's incoming federal government is shutting down the country's Tourism Promotion Council (Consejo de Promoción Turística de México, or CPTM), new secretary of tourism Miguel Torruco has confirmed, according to numerous local reports.

"On the request of President López Obrador, the process of eliminating the council has begun as part of the government's austerity program," noted Torruco via a report by newspaper El Universal. The nearly US$244 million budget of the council -- which is funded entirely by a tariff paid by foreign visitors on airline tickets -- will be diverted to construct the Maya Train, an ambitious rail project that would link Cancún to other tourist destinations on the Yucatán Peninsula, down to the ruins of Palenque in the southern state of Chiapas.

All tourism-promotion offices located outside of Mexico will be shuttered as well. The nation's embassies and consulates will assume that role going forward, said Torruco.

Mexico will continue to be promoted outside the country, he added. Participation in international trade shows will be financed by the private sector, per Torucco, although no further details on that process have been provided. The Mexico Tourism Board, however, will cease to exist in its current iteration.