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Tourism bolsters the state’s economy

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

With an investment of more than 270 million pesos, Guanajuato is the state with the second-largest tourist industry in Mexico, after Quintana Roo.

The economy of the state depends mainly on industry, agriculture and tourism. Governor Miguel Márquez announced that the amount of tourism in the state has been increasing. He mentioned that from January to July this year more than 11.5 million people have visited Guanajuato and have spent more than 30 billion pesos.

With this influx of income the government plans to undertake restoration projects in Dolores Hidalgo, Yuriria and Mineral de Pozos, refurbishing façades and installing underground wiring and lighting for monuments, among other endeavors. Those financial resources will also be used to rehabilitate the historic centers of Celaya, Irapuato, Salamanca and Guanajuato from La Presa de la Olla to the Museo de las Momias.

Across the state, signs will be set up to help visitors more easily find archeological sites such as El Cóporo in Ocampo, Plazuelas in Pénjamo, Peralta in Abasolo and Cañada de la Virgen in San Miguel de Allende. The money will also go toward training more than 3,000 people who depend on tourism for a living. The governor also announced that they will support 250 small and medium-sized tourism businesses.

In the months to come, San Miguel will also receive substantial funding from the federal government because of its appointment as a World Heritage site.

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