Top 10 List: Mexico

To celebrate the new year, I’m looking to the future in a positive way with my Top 10 list of countries which we expect to hear a good deal in the coming year.

I want to be optimistic about Mexico . I’ve written about the country since 1992 and it has been a labor of love with rich personal rewards, but I’m getting frustrated that many of the proposals developed in the past decade simply have not come to fruition.

On the plus side, 2010 will be a big year for the country as it celebrates centennial and bicentennial anniversaries. This week Oaxaca plays host to a responsible tourism fair which begins Sunday with a very slow walk and photo safari in Llano Park. It’s the 10th annual event which we’ve pleased to partner with artisans, language schools, travel operators and other friends in Oaxaca and it promises to be best event yet.

Online I’m collaborating with editors on the wiki i updating regional resources, including guides to Mexico City, Guanajuato and Copper Canyon (Barrancas del Cobre). On the Planeta 1.0 site, look for more changes to the popular Mexico Guide.

What we’d like to see: On top of our wishlist for Mexico is an integrated strategy for tourism development and marketing. Tourism development has been on the menu for various government ministries and ngos, but there’s little evidence that the players are communicating with one another and very little to show how the services can be accessed by, well, tourists. Efforts seem hit and miss because too many players are competing with one another instead of cooperating. Tourism promotion remains a top-down affair with rhetoric about ecotourism and adventure travel, but little conversation with the communities and visitors. On my personal wishlist is finding new places to sell postcards from Oaxaca!

Call for photos: North American Ecotourism

YOUR TURN – What are you favorite things about Mexico?

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2 Responses to Top 10 List: Mexico

  1. Janis says:

    My favorite thing about Mexico – the Mexican people! It’s been a tough year for many people there, but I still see a lot of smiles and a lot of optimism. Let’s hope 2010 is a great year for them!

  2. Dear Ron,

    I also hope that Mexico takes advantage of its incredible resources (natural, cultural and human) and is able to develop a sustainable / responsible model for tourism in those rural territories capable of attracting a significant flow of visitors and tourists. However, I see a great deficit not only in the lack of cooperation amongst the different players in the tourism sector (in terms of policy design for rural tourism and/or program implementation), but also a lack of an integrative vision on destination promotion and product creation that can work with both consolidated tourism destinations (whether these are urban centers or beach resorts) and their surrounding rural areas.

    Regards,
    Paola

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