Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Ernesto Derbez Bautista said on Thursday that the government hoped to strengthen tourism cooperation with China in a bid to attract significantly more Chinese tourists to the country each year.
specifically, Mexico wishes to attract 5 million Chinese tourists within 10 years, the foreign minister told a press conference in Mexico City on Thursday.
Arrivals of Chinese tourists overseas will increase from some 50 million a year at present to 100 million within the next few years, and Mexico expects to attract more Chinese tourists in future, relying on its abundant tourism resources and wonderful beaches, said Derbez, who just finished a three-day visit to China.
Tourism cooperation will be mulled by the China-Mexico Permanent Committee in Mexico City this May, by when the two sides will have also discussed direct flights, agriculture, transportation, investment and trade issues, the minister said.
The China-Mexico Permanent Committee, a political-commercial consultation mechanism established in August 2004, consists of multiple sub-commissions dealing with affairs such as politics, commerce, culture, education, science and technology.
Mexicana, a Mexican airline company, is reportedly negotiating with a Chinese airline on opening two direct air routes in 2007 that will connect Tijuana, a city on the Mexico-U.S. border, to Beijing and Shanghai.
Derbez said a ministrial level committee, comprising ministries of foreign affairs and tourism of both countries, had been set up to deal with transactions on visa and other possible issues concerning travelling.
China classified Mexico as a tourist destination for Chinese citizens in 2004.