SECTURSecretaría de Turismo (México)
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The number of golf courses around the country has increased to 175 this year, up from 168 in 2000, and more are in the planning or construction phases, said Joaquin Armenta, Sectur's assistant director of sport tourism development.
SECTUR attributed this decline to the economic slowdown in the US, although drug-related violence in some parts of the country might have discouraged some US tourists (SourceMex, March 2, 2011).
Sectur and the Environment Secretariat (Semarnat) held a joint press conference last year, trumpeting a new age of cooperation between the agencies to promote ecotourism and protect Mexico's natural treasures.
"The Maya cosmology has sparked the interest of tourists and students of the matter worldwide, something that will be an important element of tourism promotion," said SECTUR.
"Ten years ago, 92% of investment in the hotel industry was national, but in 2001 it was 80% national and 20% foreign," Sectur's Barrosso said.
Dependent on the Tourism Secretariat (Sectur) but financially separate thanks to these fiscal funds, the board will see a dramatic increase in its budget this year thanks to modifications passed in Congress.
Adding to Acapulco's misfortune is the federal government's decision to begin to seek alternative sites to the Tianguis Turistico de Mexico, a huge tourism fair that the Secretaria de Turismo (SECTUR) has held in the resort city for 36 years.