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Francisco Xavier Lopez Mena to Head Up Mexico Tourism Board

Lopez Mena was appointed the MTB’s CEO by incoming president Felipe Calderon. He succeeds Magdalena Carral, who occupied the position since early 2006.

Chicago, IL, December 22, 2006 --( Tourism veteran Francisco Xavier Lopez Mena will be heading up the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB), Mexico ’s tourism promotion agency, focusing his efforts on consolidating the strong growth that has positioned Mexico as one of the top travel destinations worldwide.

Mr. Lopez Mena brings with him decades of public and private sector experience in tourism and related sectors in Quintana Roo State, home to such important tourism destinations for Mexico as Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, the Mayan Riviera and the Costa Maya cruise port.

Lopez Mena’s past positions in the tourism industry include President of the Cancun Tourism Board and President of the Chamber of Deputies’ Tourism Commission, as well as President of the Board of both the ground transportation company Autocar Cancun and the travel agency Excell.

In addition to a distinguished career in tourism, Lopez Mena has also been recognized for his work with the Mexican Red Cross, high-level positions at La Salle University and Board positions at several banks, including Banamex, Inverlat, Banco Internacional and Bancomer.

A native of Merida, Lopez Mena received an undergraduate law degree from Mexico’s Iberoamerican University and also completed additional coursework at Harvard and Tulane Universities in the United States as well as at the Instituto de Empresas in Madrid, Spain.

About the Mexico Tourism Board
The Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) brings together the resources of federal and state governments, municipalities and private companies to promote Mexico's tourism attractions and destinations internationally. Created in 1999, the MTB is Mexico’s tourism promotion agency, and its participants include members of both the private and public sectors. The MTB has offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

About Chichen-Itza, the World Wonder
Swiss-based New7Wonders Foundation is revising the original seven ancient wonders of the world, and Mexico’s Chichen-Itza in Yucatan State is one of 21 finalists to become a new Seven World Wonder. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998, Chichen-Itza is considered to have been one of the greatest Mayan centers of the Yucatan peninsula, and today is one of the largest and most impressive archaeological sites in Mexico.

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Erick Laseca
Mexico Tourism Board
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