>> Monday, September 29, 2008
From an article by ejalbright posted on AmericanEgypt.com:
Yucatan Governor Ivonne Ortega Pacheco took the microphone during World Tourism Day to seek federal assistance to build a sustainable tourism industry in the state, similar to what occurred 30 years ago to build what is today Cancun.
The governor specifically pointed to the developing Plan Integral de Chichén Itzá (”Integrated Plan of Chichen Itza”) and the Gran Museo de la Cultura Maya (”Grand Museum of Maya Culture,” which is planned for Chichen Itza) as two projects where a helping hand by the federal government would be welcomed.
“Yucatan is in real need of support in terms of tourism, preservation of its resources and development of its communities,” the governor said. “Truthfully, one cannot even imagine the potential that exists in tourism in this land and we cannot wait another generation for things to get started. With determination you (the federal government) can make a difference.”
The President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, issued a similar message, but his focused on the threat of global warming. Tourism, mainly through jet traffic, produces five percent of the world’s greenhouse gases, according to a presidential adviser. President Calderón did announce a new program of $65 billion Mexican that would benefit Cancun, but mentioned nothing about Yucatan.
Governor Ortega warned that in order for tourism programs in Yucatan to succeed, it is necessary for the federal government to take “take decisive action” at Chichen, which she said was entering a new phase. “Help us so that the Wonder of the World does not continue to see its environs deforested, it’s water table polluted, and lack of quality urban development.” she said, and than, echoing US presidential candidate, she added, “Together we can.”