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Cancun International Airport to Open New Terminal Next Month

These and other developments announced by Mexico Tourism Board CEO, Francisco Lopez Mena at Cancun Media Marketplace

Chicago, IL, May 23, 2007 --( Cancun’s international airport will sport a new terminal next month, increasing the number of terminals servicing Mexico’s top resort destination from two to three.

Mexico Tourism Board CEO Francisco Lopez Mena discussed these and other tourism developments in Cancun at the Cancun Media Marketplace in New York City, a destination seminar for journalists.

In addition to announcing Cancun’s new terminal, Lopez Mena also revealed plans for a new international airport in Tulum, with construction rights to be awarded to the winner of an imminent public bid. An expanded international airport in Cancun and a new one in Tulum would drastically improve services to the Mexican Caribbean, whose destinations welcome four out of every 10 international travelers to Mexico, Lopez Mena explained.

The Mexico Tourism Board’s CEO participated in the Cancun Media Marketplace as part of a three-day tour with Tourism Secretary Rodolfo Elizondo to promote Mexico’s premier destination. The visit included meetings with several important tour operators, wholesalers and strategic partners, including Gogo Worldwide Vacations, United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) and Travel Impressions.

Additionally, leading travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler hosted a focus group with Mexican tourism executives, meeting planners and travel agents specializing in high-end markets to discuss the luxury travel segment.

Cancun has recovered quickly from the hurricane damage incurred in late 2005, with the destination featuring new or renovated luxury hotels, a widened beachfront and many other improvements thanks to extensive government and private investment in the destination.

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 nationally and 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. To vote for Chichen-Itza as one of the new Seven World Wonders, visit the “new7wonder” website.

FOR PRESS ONLY: For additional ideas, help with a story or general travel and tourism information about Mexico, please contact the MTB’s North American Press Room directly at 1-800-929-4555.


Erick Laseca
Mexico Tourism Board
312-228-0517 ext14
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