Hello Mr. Taleb Rifai and congratulations for another fruitful year as Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization.
Hello people of Maldives, a young and beautiful country. Receive the good wishes of the people of Mexico and my most warm compliments for your successful organization of this year Word Tourism Day event “Tourism and Water”. You are an example to the World on how a young destination can make the most of its natural resources and develop a sound tourism policy.
In Mexico we are delighted and excited to host the 2014 World Tourism Day, "Tourism and community development."
And we are also proud to represent the peoples of the Americas for the tourism representatives of the world.
As many other countries, ours is a land of many cultures, rich in history and traditions. Heirs of the great Mayan, Aztecs, Zapotecs, 62 indigenous peoples enrich our nation with their languages, their history and their particular way of interpreting the world.
Mexico is full of colors and flavors, of tradition and modernity; ever changing, diverse, it is a place full of surprises and lasting good memories.
We are increasingly committed to tourism as a lever of national development to encourage dynamism and competitiveness to the economy, generating growth with fairness, well-being in the host communities, and a sustainable use of natural resources.
And as every person in tourism, we love to receive people in our home with a smile in our face to offer the traveler.
Tourism is good news for us.
Every trip, every ride, and vacation experience is an opportunity to demonstrate the warmth of our people, the beauty of our country, and the pride we all have in our place in the world.
Tourism is also a powerful engine for development and a wealth of opportunities for millions of people who devote their lives to tourism …
Opportunities for young people and for women.
Tourism offers opportunities of a better life for the many regions and communities that have not been able to consolidate other economic vocation and can help to diversify the local economies in a sustainable way in poor and marginal areas with few other options.
By promoting local involvement, encouraging community initiatives, and respecting local knowledge, local communities are effectively empowered, and their social, environmental, and cultural integrity is maintained thanks to tourism.
As never before, the World is aware of the promise of development that tourism represents.
Last year, the world reached the staggering figure of one billion tourists; one thousand million people. This is a sign of a new world, a better world. A world of peace and prosperity, in which people are increasingly able to travel, to experience new cultures, to improve themselves, without borders.
Today is a billion tourists. Together we will make it two billion really soon!
Welcome to Mexico for the celebration of the World Tourism Day 2014.
We are expecting you with open arms.